May 26, 2019 + The Sixth Sunday of Easter
Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 a.m. sung by the Adult Choir, sermon by the Rev’d Bill Eakins.
Worship at Home:
Voluntary Praeludium in G Major Nicolaus Bruhns (1665-1697)
Bruhns is one of the tragic figures of the organ world. He died aged just 31, and there are only four surviving authenticated organ works. Praeludium in G is one of the finest examples of the mature 17th century North German High Baroque organ school — having the feeling of a mini opera, with its sudden changes of mood and character. Bruhns was a young master of the north German stylus phantasticus style, having studied with Buxtehude in Lübeck. A highly talented performer, he was known to play violin while accompanying himself with the organ pedals. (courtesy Andrew Benson-Wilson)
Processional Hymn 657 Love divine, all loves excelling Hyfrydol
Song of Praise 417 This is the feast Festival Canticle
Sequence Hymn 550 Jesus calls us; o’er the tumult Restoration
Offertory Anthem Like as the hart desireth the waterbrooks Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
Words: Psalm 42: 1-3
Like as the hart desireth the waterbrooks,
so longeth my soul after thee, O God.
My soul is athirst for God,
yea, even for the living God.
When shall I come to appear before the presence of God?
My tears have been my meat day and night,
while they daily say unto me,
“Where is now thy God?”
A powerful, pleading “where is my God” is the central message of the Howells Psalm setting, but even more powerful is the imagery of the deer in placid fields, yet thirsty. From the first notes of the introduction, the listener is drawn into a musical landscape, which sounds as if it was already in progress long before we began hearing it.
Sanctus S125 Richard Proulx (1937-2010)
Fraction Anthem Christ our Passover Jeffrey Rickard (b. 1942)
Communion Anthem The Lord’s prayer Philip Radcliffe (1905-1986)
Hymn in Procession 719 O beautiful for spacious skies Materna
Voluntary Fugue in G Major Nicolaus Bruhns