November 17, 2019 + The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 a.m. sung by the St. John’s Adult Choir, sermon by the Rev’d Bill Eakins.
Worship at Home:
Voluntary Andante from Sonata VI Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Processional Hymn 7 Christ, whose glory fills the skies Ratisbon
Gloria in excelsis S278 William Mathias (1934-1992)
Sequence Hymn 635 If thou but trust in God to guide thee Wer nur en lieben Gott
Offertory Anthem Cantate Domino Giovanni Croce (1557-1609)
Cantate Domino canticum novum; cantate Domino omnis terra.
Cantate Domino, et benedicite nomini ejus; annuntiate de die in diem salutare ejus.
O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the whole earth.
Sing unto the Lord, and praise his Name: be telling of his salvation from day to day.
Sanctus S128 William Mathias
Fraction Anthem S166 Agnus Dei Gerald Near (b. 1942)
Communion Anthem Ubi caritas Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978)
Words from the Maundy Thursday liturgy
Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est. Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor.
Exsultemus, et in ipso jucundemur. Timeamus, et amemus Deum vivum.
Et ex corde diligamus nos sincero.
Where charity and love are, God is there. Christ’s love has gathered us into one.
Let us rejoice and be pleased in him. Let us fear, and let us love the living God.
And may we love each other with a sincere heart.
Ola Gjeilo writes: The first time I sang in a choir was in high school; I went to a music high school in Norway and choir was obligatory. I loved it from the very first rehearsal, and the first piece we read through was Maurice Duruflé’s Ubi Caritas. It will always be one of my favorite choral works of all time; to me, it’s the perfect a cappella piece. So when I set the same text myself a few years later, it was inevitable that the Duruflé would influence it, and it did. While Duruflé used an existing, traditional chant in his piece, I used chant more as a general inspiration, while also echoing the form and dynamic range of his incomparable setting of the text.
Hymn in Procession 599 Lift every voice and sing Lift Every Voice
Voluntary Wer nur en lieben Gott Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)