Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 a.m. sung by the St. John’s Choir School and Adult Choir, sermon by the Rev’d Walter McKenney.
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Voluntary Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Kyrie eleison S-84 Gregorian Chant, Orbis factor
Sequence Hymn 645 The king of love my shepherd is St. Columba
Offertory Anthem There is a balm in Gilead William L. Dawson (1899-1990)
Words may be found at Hymn 676
William L. Dawson ran away from home to study music full-time as a pre-college student at the Tuskegee Institute (now University) under the tutelage of school president Booker T. Washington. Dawson paid his tuition by being a music librarian and manual laborer working in the school’s Agricultural Division. He later studied at the Chicago Musical College and the American Conservatory of Music where he received his master’s degree. Dawson developed the Tuskegee Institute Choir into an internationally renowned ensemble. His arrangements of traditional African-American spirituals are widely published in the United States and are regularly performed by school, college and community choral programs.
Sanctus Gregorian Chant, Deus Genitor alme
Fraction Anthem Agnus Dei Gregorian Chant, Deus Genitor alme
Communion Anthem O taste and see Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1951)
Words: Psalm 34:8
Catherine Emerick, treble soloist
O taste and see how gracious the Lord is: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
The compositions of Ralph Vaughan Williams include operas, ballets, chamber music, secular and religious vocal pieces and orchestral compositions including nine symphonies, written over sixty years. Strongly influenced by Tudor music and English folk-song, his output marked a decisive break in British music from its German-dominated style of the 19th century. One of the last of Vaughan Williams’ sacred pieces, this work was written for the 1953 coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The music is of distilled simplicity, with a pentatonic flavor that reminds us of the composer’s lifelong interest in folk-song.
Communion Hymn 339 Deck thyself, my soul, with gladness Schmucke dich
Hymn in Procession It is well with my soul Ville du Havre
Voluntary Fugue in C minor, BWV546ii Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Yingying Xia, organ scholar