Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 a.m. sung by the St. John’s Choir School and Schola, sermon by the Rev’d Todd FitzGerald.

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Service Music:

Voluntary    Choral Prelude on Wer nur den lieben Gott    Mark Fax (1911-1974)

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Mark Fax was a child prodigy. By age fourteen, he was employed as a theater organist and church organist. Fax studied at Syracuse University where he earned a B.Mus. in 1933, then at Eastman earning a Master’s degree in composition, studying with Howard Hanson. He founded and chaired the music department at Paine College in Georgia. In 1942 Mark studied piano at Bennington College in Vermont, where he wrote music for the Martha Graham Dance Troupe. From 1947 to 1972, Fax taught music theory at Howard University and served as director of the School of Music. Later, Fax became Acting Dean of Howard’s College of Fine Arts. Concurrently, he served as music director at Washington’s famed Asbury Methodist Church Washington, DC. Fax composed works for chorus, symphony, chamber ensemble, voice, piano, and organ, in addition to two full-length operas.

Processional Hymn 544    Jesus shall reign where’er the sun    Duke Street

Gloria S280     Robert Powell (b. 1932)

Sequence Hymn 635    If thou but trust in God to guide thee    Wer nur den lieben Gott

Offertory Anthem    The Beatitudes    arr. Richard Proulx (1937-2010)
Text: Matthew 5:3-12

Remember your servants, Lord, when you come in your kingly power. Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn; for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’s sake; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when the world reviles you and persecutes you; and utters all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake: rejoice and be exceeding glad; for great is your reward in heaven. Remember your servants, Lord, when you come in your kingly power.

Sanctus  S130    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Fraction anthem S164    Jesus, lamb of God    Franz Schubert

Communion Anthem    Lasst uns singen von der Gnäde des Herrn    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
From the oratorio St. Paul

Lasst uns singen von der Gnäde des Herrn
und seine Warheit verkündigen. Ewiglich.

Let us sing of he grace of the Lord
and his truth proclaim. Forever.

Hymn in Procession 296    We know that Christ is raised and dies no more    Engelberg

Voluntary    O God our help in ages past    Mark Fax (1911-1974)

Organ scholar: Ted Babbitt