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.
Worship at Home:
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