February 16, 2020 + The Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 a.m. sung by the St. John’s Adult Choir, sermon by the Rev’d Margie Baker.

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Service Music:

Voluntary    Aria    Flor Peeters (1903-1986)

Processional Hymn 474    When I survey the wondrous cross    Rockingham

Gloria S280     Robert Powell (b.1932)

Sequence Hymn 674    “Forgive our sins as we forgive”    Detroit

Offertory Anthem    Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace    Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876)

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee.
The darkness is no darkness with thee, but the night is as clear as the day.
The darkness and the light to thee are both alike.
God is light and in him is no darkness at all.
O let my soul live and it shall praise thee.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory for evermore.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee.

Samuel Sebastian Wesley seemed destined for the life of a church musician, as his middle name was taken from Johann Sebastian Bach. He did not disappoint: in a time that English church music had become less than satisfactory, Wesley was largely responsible for raising this standard through his own work as a composer and organist. In all his music, Wesley strived for an expressive and accessible sound, as evidenced in this anthem. The exquisite Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace remains one of the most-loved anthems in the repertoire.

Sanctus  S130    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Fraction Anthem S164    Jesus, lamb of God     Franz Schubert

Communion Motet    Tantum ergo    Déodat de Séverac (1872-1921)
Words: St. Thomas Aquinas, c. 1264

Tantum ergo Sacramentum veneremur cernui:
Et antiquum documentum novo cedat ritui:
Præstet fides supplementum sensuum defectui.

Genitori, Genitoque laus et jubilatio,
Salus, honor, virtus quoque sit et benedictio:
Procedenti ab utroque compar sit laudatio. Amen.

Down in adoration falling, Lo! the sacred Host we hail,
Lo! o’er ancient forms departing newer rites of grace prevail;
Faith for all defects supplying, where the feeble senses fail.

To the Everlasting Father, and the Son Who reigns on high
With the Holy Ghost proceeding forth from Each eternally,
Be salvation, honour, blessing, might, and endless majesty. Amen.

Deodat de Severac descended from a noble family in the former French province of Languedoc. His music is greatly influenced by the musical traditions the region. He moved to Paris and studied piano with Vincent d’Indy, organ with Alexander Guilmant, and worked as an assistant to the composer Isaac Albéniz. He is known for his choral music, which includes settings of texts in his native Occitan language. His solo piano compositions have won critical acclaim.

Hymn in Procession 344    Lord, dismiss us with thy blessing    Sicilian Mariners

Voluntary    Voluntary on Sicilian Mariners, 2018    Carson Cooman (b. 1982)

 

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