February 21, 2021 + The First Sunday in Lent

Spiritual Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 a.m. sung by Brendon Gallagher, sermon by the Rev’d Linda Spiers.

Worship at Home:

Click here: Service Bulletin – Sermon Text

Service Music:

Voluntary    Hommage a J.S. Bach: Variations on Aus der Tiefe rufe ich, 2021    Christa Rakich (b. 1952)

Silent Procession

Kyrie eleison S-84    Gregorian Chant, Orbis factor

Sequence Hymn 150 vv 1,4,5    Forty days and forty nights    Aus der Tiefe rufe ich

Anthem    Agnus Dei    Georges Bizet (1838-1875)

The “Agnus dei” credited to Georges Bizet is based on the Intermezzo from the “L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2” taken from Bizet’s 1872 music to Alphonse Daudet’s play. Bizet had only made one suite out of his L’Arlesienne music and four years after the death of the composer the publisher commisioned Bizet’s close friend Ernest Guirard to compile another. Apart from preparing this second suite Guirard extracted the Intermezzo movement and added the catholic Latin text of the “Agnus Dei” to it. It was published as another “new” work of Bizet.

Sanctus     Gregorian Chant, Deus Genitor alme

Fraction Anthem     Agnus Dei     Gregorian Chant, Deus Genitor alme

Closing Hymn 439    What wondrous love is this    Wondrous Love

Voluntary    Hommage a J.S Bach.: Variations on Aus der Tiefe rufe ich (final variation)    Christa Rakich

Concert and recording artist (and St. John’s member) Christa Rakich performs widely throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. She is currently Visiting Professor of Organ at Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio. Near her home in Connecticut, she maintains two Artist-in-Residencies: St. John’s Episcopal Church in West Hartford and the Congregational Church of Somers. Past Artist-in-Residencies have included the University of Pennsylvania and First Lutheran Church in Boston. 


Christa Rakich, assisting organist

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