February 25, 2018 + The Second Sunday in Lent

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

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Voluntary    Two Pieces    Jehan Alain (1911-1940)
Monodie – Choral cistercien pour une élévation

Kyrie eleison S-84    Gregorian Chant, Orbis factor

Sequence Hymn 455    O Love of God, how strong and true    Dunedin

Offertory Anthem    Introit and Kyrie from Requiem    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Words: from Missa pro defunctis

Requiem aeternam dona eis Domine: et lux perpetua luceat eis.
Te decet in hymnus, Deus in Sion: et tibi reddetur votum in Jerusalem.
Exaudi orationem meam, ad te omnis caro veniet.
Kyrie eleison. Christe eleison. Kyrie eleison.

Grant them rest eternal, Lord our God, we pray to thee:
and light perpetual shine on them for ever.
Thou, Lord, art worshipped in Sion; thy praises shall ever be sung in all Jerusalem.
Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy.
O hear us; O Lord God, hear thy faithful servants’ prayer; to thee shall all mortal flesh return.

Fauré wrote of the work, “Everything I managed to entertain by way of religious illusion I put into my Requiem, which moreover is dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest.” The opening of the Introit resembles in some ways the choral opening of the Brahms Requiem, entering in unaccompanied chords. But for Fauré, there is a different set of emphases: he contrasts the piano requiem (rest) with the forte luceat (light). Then he introduces two chant-inspired tunes, one sung by the tenors and the Te decet tune, sung by the sopranos. The choir then pleads for attention to its prayer, and the Kyrie setting, a remarkably short one, derives from the Requiem aeternam chant tune. 

Sanctus     Gregorian Chant, Deus Genitor alme

Fraction Anthem     Agnus Dei     Gregorian Chant, Deus Genitor alme

Communion Anthem   Offertory from Requiem    Gabriel Fauré
Nicholas Filippides, baritone

O Domine, Jesu Christe, Rex Gloriae
libera animas defunctorum
de poenis inferni et de profundo lacu.
O Domine, Jesu Christe, Rex Gloriae
libera animas defunctorum de ore leonis
ne absorbeat eus Tartarus ne cadant in obscurum
Hostias et preces tibi Domine, laudis offerimus
tu suscipe pro animabus illis
quarum hodie memoriam facimus
Fac eas, Domine, de morte transire ad vitam
Quam olim Abrahae promisisti et semini eus.

Lord Jesus Christ, King of glory,
deliver the souls of all the faithful departed from the pains of hells and from the bottomless pit.
Lord Jesus Christ, King of glory,
Deliver them from the lion’s mouth,
nor let them fall into darkness,
neither the black abyss swallow them up.
We offer unto Thee this sacrifice of prayer and praise
Receive it for those souls
whom today we commemorate.
Allow them, o Lord, to cross from death into the life which once Thou didst promise to Abraham and his seed.

This setting is in a sort of ABA format, beginning and ending with an eerie chant-like tune set in canon, with one voice mirroring and following another. Between these two segments is the baritone solo, based on the Hostias text. Listen for the accompaniment, which inserts the Te decet tune in right before the baritone sings fac eas, Domine. And observe how the accompaniment turns the wavering accompaniment of the somber introduction into something different entirely under the baritone soloist.

Closing Hymn in Procession 401    The God of Abraham praise    Leoni

Voluntary    Fugue sur le thème du Carillon des Heures de la cathédral de Soissons    Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)

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