April 23, 2023 + The Third Sunday of Easter
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 Hope Eakins.
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Voluntary Pastorale in F, BWV 590 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Processional Hymn 432 O praise ye the Lord! Praise him in the height Laudate Dominum
Song of Praise 417 This is the feast Festival Canticle
Sequence Hymn 296 We know that Christ is raised and dies no more Engelberg
Offertory Anthem The heavens are telling Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Words: Christian Fürchtegott Gellert based on Psalm 14
The heavens are telling the Lord’s endless glory.
Through all the earth His praise is found.
The seas re-echo the marvelous story:
O man, repeat that glorious sound!
The starry hosts He doth order and number,
He fills the morning’s golden springs,
He wakes the sun from his night-curtain’d slumber;
O man, adore the King of Kings!
The heavens are His and the earth knows His favor,
His power in all things thou dost see;
The Lord of hosts who for ever and ever
Thy God and Father still shall be.
He is thy Maker whose love shall not waver,
A God of wisdom, ever kind;
Praise Him and love Him with all thy endeavor,
In Him salvation shalt thou find.
This choral work by Beethoven masters the expression of religious joy through collective vocal celebration. Written in 1803 with text adapted from Christian Furchtegott Gellert (1715-1769), and originally part of his 6 songs for solo voice and piano, op. 48, this concise composition marvels at the beauty of Nature.
Sanctus S125 Richard Proulx (1937-2010)
Fraction Anthem Christ our Passover Jeffrey Rickard (b. 1942)
Communion Motet Ubi caritas Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)
Words from the Maundy Thursday liturgy
Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est. Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor.
Exsultemus, et in ipso jucundemur. Timeamus, et amemus Deum vivum.
Et ex corde diligamus nos sincero.
Where charity and love are, God is there. Christ’s love has gathered us into one.
Let us rejoice and be pleased in him. Let us fear, and let us love the living God.
And may we love each other with a sincere heart.
In 1920 Maurice Duruflé entered the Conservatoire de Paris, eventually graduating with first prizes in organ, harmony, fugue, piano accompaniment, and composition. Duruflé was titular organist of St-Étienne-du-Mont in Paris in 1929, a position he held for the rest of his life. Ubi caritas is perhaps his best known work, and the most moving and finely wrought harmonization of this ancient Gregorian Chant. The beautiful harmonies and repeated moment on the word “sincerity” make it a perfect reminder that God’s central message is one of love.
Communion Hymn 343 Shepherd of souls, refresh and bless St. Agnes
Closing Hymn 180 He is risen, he is risen! Unser Herrscher
Voluntary Fugue from Sonata II Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Yingying Xia, organ scholar