Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 a.m. sung by the Youth and Adult Choirs, sermon by the Rev’d Bill Eakins.
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Voluntary Go, tell it on the mountain Robert Powell (b. 1932)
Prelude on Cranham Malcolm Archer (b. 1952)
Processional Hymn 119 As with gladness men of old Dix
Gloria S280 Robert Powell (b.1932)
Sequence Hymn 112 In the bleak midwinter Cranham
Offertory Anthem Behold a star from Jacob shining, from Christus Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Words: Based upon Numbers 24:17
Behold a star from Jacob shining,
And a scepter from Israel rising,
To reign in glory over the nations.
Like some bright morning star is he,
The promise of the coming day,
Beyond the night of sorrow.
Break forth, O Light!
We, our joyful hearts uplifting with thanksgiving,
Hail the brightness of Thy rising.
Underscoring the chorus with an undulating accompaniment of triplets in the strings, Mendelssohn developed his music with extended, imitative lines and the chorus singing “Behold a star from Jacob shining.” A dramatic chordal section highlights a royal metaphor for Christ “reigning in glory over the nations.” And the chorale tune: Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, (How Brightly Shines the Morning Star), by Philipp Nicolai, 1597, a well-known German Christmas chorale, brings the chorus to a conclusion.
Sanctus S130 Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Fraction anthem S164 Jesus, lamb of God Franz Schubert
Communion Anthem Saw you never in the twilight Harold Friedell (1905-1958)
Words by Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895)
Saw you never, in the twilight,
when the sun had left the skies,
up in heav’n the clear stars shining
through the gloom, like silver eyes?
So of old the wise men, watching,
saw a little stranger star,
and they knew the King was given,
and they followed it from far.
Know ye not that lowly baby
was the bright and morning Star?
He who came to light the Gentiles
and the darkened isles afar?
And we, too, may seek his cradle;
there our hearts’ best treasures bring;
love and faith and true devotion
for our Savior, God, and King.
Closing Hymn in Procession 616 Hail to the Lord’s Anointed Es flog ein keins Waldvogelein
Voluntary Choral Song Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876)
Assisting Organist: David Chrzanowski