Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 a.m. sung by the Adult Choir, sermon by the Rev’d Helen Moore.
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Voluntary Sonata II in C minor Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Grave – Adagio – Allegro maestoso e vivace
Mendelssohn was a skilled organist and during his visits to Britain gave a number of well-received organ recitals. These often included the improvisations for which he was famous. His sonatas take on his improvisatory style, as well as the lyric “songs without words” character for which he is well-known. After the Mendelssohn organ sonatas were publicly released, Robert Schumann described them as ‘intensely poetical, … what a perfect picture they form!’
Processional Hymn 546 Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve Siroë
Gloria in excelsis S278 William Mathias (1934-1992)
Psalm 119:137-144 Anglican Chant by Herbert Hall Woodward (1847-1909)
Sequence Hymn 640 Watchman, tell us of the night Aberystwyth
Offertory Anthem Treasures in heaven Joseph Clokey (1890-1960)
Text: Matthew 6:19-21, 7:7-8
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Sanctus S128 William Mathias
Fraction Anthem S166 Agnus Dei Gerald Near (b. 1942)
Communion Anthem Ubi caritas Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978)
- Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est. Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor.
- Exsultemus, et in ipso jucundemur. Timeamus, et amemus Deum vivum.
- Et ex corde diligamus nos sincero.
- Where charity and love are, God is there. Christ’s love has gathered us into one.
- Let us rejoice and be pleased in him. Let us fear, and let us love the living God.
- And may we love each other with a sincere heart.
Gjeilo writes about this work: “The first time I sang in a choir was in high school; I went to a music high school in Norway and choir was obligatory. I loved it from the very first rehearsal, and the first piece we read through was Maurice Duruflé’s Ubi caritas. It will always be one of my favorite choral works of all time; to me, it’s the perfect a cappella piece. So when I set the same text myself a few years later, it was inevitable that the Duruflé would influence it, and it did. While Duruflé used an existing, traditional chant in his piece, I used chant more as a general inspiration, while also echoing the form and dynamic range of his incomparable setting of the text.”
Communion Hymn 301 Bread of the world, in mercy broken Rendez a Dieu
Closing Hymn 539 O Zion haste, thy mission high fulfilling Tidings
Voluntary Sonata II in C minor: Fugue Felix Mendelssohn
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