March 24, 2019 + The Third Sunday in Lent
Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 a.m. sung by the Adult Choir, sermon by Paul Shaker.
Worship at Home:
Voluntary An Wasserflüssen Babylon (By the waters of Babylon), BWV 653 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Kyrie eleison S-84 Gregorian Chant, Orbis factor
Sequence Hymn 439 What wondrous love is this Wondrous Love
Offertory Anthem Lux aeterna from Requiem Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)
Lux aeterna luceat eis, Domine, cum sanctis tuis in aeternum, quia pius es.
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.
May eternal light shine on them, Lord, with your saints forever, because you are gracious.
Eternal rest grant them, O Lord, and let eternal light shine upon them.
In 1947, Maurice Duruflé was already working on a suite of pieces for organ based on the Gregorian chants for the requiem mass (the service for the dead), when he was commissioned by his publisher Durand to write a large-scale work based on those texts. The resulting Requiem, originally for orchestra and chorus, is the culmination of Duruflé’s style, mixing chant, quasi-Renaissance counterpoint, and sumptuous harmony derived from Fauré, Debussy, and Ravel. This beautiful moment of light in the mass alternates between an original tune in the organ and the chant beautifully set for the choir. Then the roles swap, as the choir sings on a single note atop the organ’s hymn-like setting of the chant melody.
Sanctus Gregorian Chant, Deus Genitor alme
Fraction Anthem Agnus Dei Gregorian Chant, Deus Genitor alme
Communion Motet Tantum ergo sacramentum Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)
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.
Hymn in Procession 401 The God of Abraham Praise Leoni
Voluntary Improvisation on Leoni
Assisting Organist: Christa Rakich