March 4, 2018 + The Third Sunday in Lent

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    Partite Diverse: Christ der du bist der helle Tag, BWV 766    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Christ, you are the light of day

Unlike the “partitas” of Bach and others, the “partite diverse” is a set of variation on a chorale tune. This set of variations, written in Bach’s youth, is a beautiful, colorful reminder of the light of Christ – always in our lives, even in darkness.

Kyrie eleison S-84    Gregorian Chant, Orbis factor

Sequence Hymn 676    There is a balm in Gilead    Balm in Gilead

Offertory Anthem    Libera me from Requiem    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Nicholas Filippides, baritone

Libera me, Domine, de morte aeterna in die illa tremenda
Quando coeli movendi sunt et terra
Dum veneris judicare saeculum per ignem
Tremens factus sum ego et timeo
dum discussio venerit atque ventura ira
Dies illa dies irae
calamitatis et miseriae
dies illa, dies magna
et amara valde
Requiem aeternam dona eis Domine
et lux perpetua luceat eis.

Deliver me, o Lord, from everlasting death on that dreadful day
when the heavens and the earth shall be moved
when thou shalt come to judge the world by fire.
I quake with fear and I tremble
awaiting the day of account and the wrath to come.
That day, the day of anger,
of calamity, of misery,
that day, the great day,
and most bitter.
Grant them eternal rest, O Lord,
and may perpetual light shine upon them.

Sanctus     Gregorian Chant, Deus Genitor alme

Fraction Anthem     Agnus Dei     Gregorian Chant, Deus Genitor alme

Communion Anthem    A new heaven from Visions    John Rutter, 2016
Words from Revelation 21

I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem. Hosannah, hosannah!
And the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.
And I say no temple therein:
for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it:
For the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

John Rutter writes: Visions was the result of a most unusual invitation: to write a piece combining solo violin, string ensemble (to which I added a harp), and the boy choristers of the Temple Church choir. Having immediately decided to accept, my thoughts soon turned to the historic associations of the Temple Church with the Knights Templar—the church takes its name from the Temple at Jerusalem, and the round shape of its most ancient part is a deliberate echo of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. ‘Jerusalem’ is of course more than the name of a middle-eastern city: it stands as a symbol both of God’s people and of a utopian ideal of heavenly peace and seraphic bliss in store for redeemed humanity. 

Closing Hymn in Procession 574    Before thy throne, O God, we kneel    St. Petersburg

Voluntary   Final Variation: Christ der du bist der helle Tag, BWV 766    J. S. Bach

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