November 5, 2017 + All Saints Sunday
Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 a.m. sung by the Youth & Adult Choirs; sermon by Erin Flinn.
Worship at Home:
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Organ Voluntary Prelude on Grand Isle Charles Callahan, 2016
Pie Jesu from Requiem Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) Nancy Skele, flute
Fauré writes about his own work, perhaps the best-known choral requiem: “It has been said that my Requiem does not express the fear of death and someone has called it a lullaby of death. But it is thus that I see death: as a happy deliverance, an aspiration towards happiness above, rather than as a painful experience. The music of Gounod has been criticized for its overinclination towards human tenderness. But his nature predisposed him to feel this way: religious emotion took this form inside him. Is it not necessary to accept the artist’s nature? As to my Requiem, perhaps I have also instinctively sought to escape from what is thought right and proper, after all the years of accompanying burial services on the organ! I know it all by heart. I wanted to write something different.”
Processional Hymn 287 For all the saints, who from their labors rest Sine Nomine
Gloria in excelsis S278 William Mathias (1934-1992)
Sequence Hymn 253 Give us the wings of faith to rise San Rocco
Offertory Anthem The Beatitudes Bob Chilcott, 2006
Words: Matthew 5:3-11
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Bob Chilcott has been involved with choral music all his life, first as a Chorister and then a Choral Scholar at King’s College, Cambridge. Later, he sang and composed music for 12 years with the King’s Singers. His experiences with that group, his passionate commitment to young and amateur choirs, and his profound belief that music can unite people, have inspired him both to compose full-time and, through proactive workshopping, to promote choral music worldwide.This beautiful setting of the Beatitudes from Matthew’s gospel exemplifies the composer’s skill and versatility in writing for mixed voices. He leads the choir smoothly through a range of keys and moods, from the gentle simplicity of the opening “Bless’d are the poor in spirit’ to the more dramatic and colourful ‘Bless’d are ye, when men shall revile you”.
Sanctus S128 William Mathias
Fraction Anthem S166 Agnus Dei Gerald Near (b. 1942)
Communion Anthem Agnus Dei from Requiem Gabriel Fauré
Closing Hymn in Procession 293 I sing a song of the saints of God Grand Isle
Voluntary We all believe in one God Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Assisting Organist: David Chrzanowski