February 11, 2018 + The Last Sunday after Epiphany

Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 a.m. sung by the Youth & Adult Choirs, sermon by the Rev’d Hope Eakins.

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Voluntary    Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 547     Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Préambule    Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

This tremendous work is an example of Bach’s use of concentrated material within a piece of music. The entire musical fabric of the Prelude is presented in the first eight measures. The rest of the prelude explores various combinations of this material in a number of keys, often in quick succession. 

Processional Hymn 427    When morning gilds the skies    Laudes Domini

Gloria S280     Robert Powell (b.1932)

Sequence Hymn 137    O wondrous type! O vision fair    Wareham

Offertory Anthem    Heilig (Holy)    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Words: Sanctus from the liturgy of the Eucharist

Heilig, heilig, heilig ist Gott, der Herr Zebaoth!
Alle Lande sind seiner Ehre voll.
Hosianna in der Höh’!
Gelobt sei, der da kommt im Namen des Herrn!
Hosianna in der Höh’!

Holy, holy, holy is God, the Lord Sabaoth!
Ev’ry nation proclaims his glorious praise.
Sing Hosanna in the heights.
O blest is he that comes in God’s holy name.
Sing Hosanna in the heights.

The posthumously published Three Sacred Pieces were composed towards the end of 1846. Mendelssohn was never physically the most robust of men, and the years of constant traveling, performing, composing and conducting were now taking their toll on his fragile frame—he was to pass away the following year, completely burnt out. His letters of the period are brimful of references to his state of exhaustion, and by the time he came to compose these short choral works, he had already begun pulling out of upcoming performances. This perfectly conceived miniature is typical both in terms of its sheer mastery of choral writing and effortless command of musical expression and structure.

Sanctus  S130    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Fraction anthem S164    Jesus, lamb of God     Franz Schubert

Communion Anthem    My God, how wonderful thou art   Richard Scarth, 1983
Words: Frederick Faber (1814-1863)

My God, how wonderful Thou art,
Thy majesty how bright,
How beautiful Thy mercy seat,
In depths of burning light!

How wonderful, how beautiful,
The sight of Thee must be,
Thine endless wisdom, boundless pow’r,
And awesome purity!

Father of Jesus, love’s reward,
What rapture will it be,
Prostrate before Thy throne to lie,
And ever gaze on Thee!

Closing Hymn in Procession 460    Alleluia! sing to Jesus!    Hyfrydol

Voluntary    Fanfare    John Cook (1918-1984)

A trumpet mardi gras for organ! This is the last time we’ll hear the Trompette-en-Chamade (horizontal trumpet over the main entrance) and Trompette Harmonique (high pressure trumpet in the chancel) in worship until Easter Sunday, as Lent begins this coming week. 

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