Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 a.m. with the St. John’s Choir School and Adult Choir, sermon by the Rev’d Dr. Marcus George Halley.

Worship at Home:

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Service Music:

Voluntary    Prelude on Puer Nobis    Alec Wyton (1921-2007)
Prelude on Cranham    Malcolm Archer (b. 1952)

Alec Wyton is described in Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians, by saying, “Wyton has brought together and caused to flourish three separate traditions: English church music, American church music and music from outside the churches.” Also bringing together clergy and musicians of the Episcopal Church, he was the Coordinator of the Standing Commission on Church Music from 1974 to 1985; he was Founder and Chairman of the Church Music Department of the Manhattan School of Music. From 1954 to 1974 he was Organist and Master of the Choristers at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and Headmaster of the Cathedral Choir School. 

Processional Hymn 92    On this day earth shall ring    Personent hodie

Gloria S280    Robert Powell (b. 1932)

Sequence Hymn 124    What star is this, with beams so bright    Puer nobis

Offertory Anthem    My lord has come    Will Todd (b. 1970)
Words by the composer

Shepherds, called by angels, called by love and angels:
No place for them but a stable.
My Lord has come.
Sages, searching for stars, searching for love in heaven;
No place for them but a stable.
My Lord has come.
His love will hold me, his love will cherish me, love will cradle me.
Lead me, lead me to see him, sages and shepherds and angels;
No place for me but a stable.
My Lord has come.

English composer and pianist Will Todd is well known for his beautiful and exciting music. His music is valued for its melodic intensity and harmonic skill, often incorporating jazz colours, and his choral music is much in demand from amateur as well as professional performers.

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.

Communion Hymn 112    In the bleak midwinter    Cranham

Hymn in Procession 109    The first Nowell the angels did say    The First Nowell

Voluntary    Andante Largo in D for Trumpet    John Stanley (1713-1786)

Yingying Xia, organ scholar