Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 a.m. sung by the Youth and Adult Choirs, sermon by the Rev’d Walter McKenney.
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Voluntary Praeludium in G Major Nicolaus Bruhns (1665-1697)
Bruhns is one of the tragic figures of the organ world. He died aged just 31, and there are only four surviving authenticated organ works. Praeludium in G is one of the finest examples of the mature 17th century North German High Baroque organ school — having the feeling of a mini opera, with its sudden changes of mood and character. Bruhns was a young master of the north German stylus phantasticus style, having studied with Buxtehude in Lübeck. A highly talented performer, he was known to play violin while accompanying himself with the organ pedals. (courtesy Andrew Benson-Wilson)
Processional Hymn 410 Praise, my soul, the King of heaven Lauda anima
Gloria in excelsis S278 William Mathias (1934-1992)
Sequence Hymn This is my song Finlandia
Offertory Anthem Ev’ry time I feel the spirit arr. Moses Hogan (1957-2003)
Nicholas Filippides, soloist
In addition to being an obvious moment of praise, this beloved spiritual is full of traditional images and code words referencing the Underground Railroad and the escape from slavery. The Jordan River was most often code for the Ohio River, which had to be crossed to get to the free states. Many of the references to water in spirituals also refer to the practice of walking in the rivers and streams at night. That way, the tracking dogs that were used to hunt them down would lose the scent. (courtesy Reginald Unterseher)
Sanctus S128 William Mathias
Fraction Anthem S166 Agnus Dei Gerald Near (b. 1942)
Communion Anthem Hide not thou thy face from me, O Lord Richard Farrant (1525-1580)
Communion Hymn 439 What wondrous love is this Wondrous Love
Closing Hymn 708 Savior, like a shepherd lead us Sicilian Mariners
Voluntary Fugue in G Major Nicolaus Bruhns
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