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    Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity

    PropersPsalms from the Daily OfficeJohn Keble, “Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity”Christopher Wordsworth, Hymn for the Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity Propers         Introit Protector noster. [Psalm 84]Behold, O God, our defender, and look upon the face of thine Anointed: for one day in thy courts is better than a thousand. O how amiable are thy dwellings, thou Lord of hosts; my soul hath a desire, and longing to enter into the courts of the Lord. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen. Behold. O God .…

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    Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity

    PropersPsalms from the Daily OfficeCantata for the weekJohn Keble, “Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity”Christopher Wordsworth, Two hymns for the Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity Propers         Introit Respice, Domine. Psalm 74.Look, O Lord, graciously upon the covenant, and forsake not the congregation of the poor for ever: arise, O Lord, maintain thine own cause, and be not unmindful of the voices of them that seek thee. O God, wherefore art thou absent from us so long: why is thy wrath so hot against the sheep in thy pasture? Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is…

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    Twelfth Sunday after Trinity

    PropersPsalms from the Daily OfficeMotet and cantataJohn Keble, “Twelfth Sunday after Trinity”Christopher Wordsworth, A hymn for the Twelfth Sunday after Trinity Propers         Introit Deus in adjutorium. Psalm 70Haste thee, O God, unto my rescue, and save me: O Lord, make haste to my deliverance: let mine enemies be ashamed and confounded, that seek after my soul. Let them be turned backward, and put to confusion: that wish me evil. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen. Haste thee, O God . . .…

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    Eleventh Sunday after Trinity

    PropersPsalms from the Daily OfficeOffertory motetJohn Keble, “Eleventh Sunday after Trinity”Christopher Wordsworth, A hymn for the Eleventh Sunday after Trinity Propers         Introit Deus in loco sancto suo. Psalm 68God in his holy habitation, it is he that maketh brethren to be of one mind in an house: he will give the dominion and preeminence unto his people. Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen. God…

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    Tenth Sunday after Trinity

    PropersOffertory and Communion motetsJohn Keble, “Tenth Sunday after Trinity”Christopher Wordsworth, A hymn for the Tenth Sunday after Trinity Offertory and Communion motets Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Ad te levavi animam meamCharles Tournemire, Acceptabis sacrificium Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Ad te levavi animam meam The Latin text for the Communion proper has been set to music by a number of composers. Here is the text, below which is a performance of Palestrina’s setting of it. Ad te levavi animam meam, Deus meus, in te confido:To thee have I lifted up my soul, O my God, in thee I put my trust;non erubescam neque irrideant me inimici mei.let me not be ashamed,…

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    Ninth Sunday after Trinity

    PropersA Communion anthem by Thomas TallisJohn Keble, “Ninth Sunday after Trinity”Christopher Wordsworth, A hymn for the Ninth Sunday after Trinity A Communion anthem by Thomas Tallis Throughout his career, Thomas Tallis was forced to adjust to new standards for the composition of church music (read more about those changes in “Sacred song and the Tudors”). One of his best-known anthems, “Verily, verily, I say unto you” is an example of the style that emerged and matured after the Reformation, influenced greatly by the precedent set by Tallis. The text comes from St. John 6:53-56. It is sung below by the Tallis Scholars, conducted by Peter Phillips. John Keble, “Ninth Sunday…

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    Eighth Sunday after Trinity

    PropersMotets and a cantataJohn Keble, “Eighth Sunday after Trinity”Christopher Wordsworth, Two hymns for the Eighth Sunday after Trinity [Psalm 34] O taste and see how gracious the Lord is: blessed is he that putteth his trust in him. Motets and a cantata Heinrich Isaac, Gustate et videteJohn Goss, O taste and seeRalph Vaughan Williams, O taste and seeJohann Sebastian Bach, Es ist dir gesagt, Mensch, was gut ist (BWV 45) Heinrich Isaac, Gustate et videte The Franco-Flemish composer Heinrich Isaac (c.1450-1517) was born at a time and place that boasted excellent music education. Isaac served as a court musician in Germany, Italy, Austria, and other parts of central Europe. The…

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    Seventh Sunday after Trinity

    PropersFive motets based on today’s IntroitJohn Keble, “Seventh Sunday after Trinity”Christopher Wordsworth, Hymn for Seventh Sunday after Trinity [Psalm 31] Bow down thine ear: make haste to deliver us. Five motets based on today’s Introit Christopher Tye, Omnes gentes plaudite manibusGiovanni Gabrieli, Omnes gentes plaudite manibusOrlando Gibbons, O clap your handsRalph Vaughan Williams, O clap your handsPhilip Moore, O clap your hands Christopher Tye, Omnes gentes plaudite manibus Both the Introit and the Alleluia include the first verse of Psalm 47, which contains many references to the elements of music: clapping, singing, melody, a merry noise, and the sound of a trump(et). That proliferation of musical allusions may account for…

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    Sixth Sunday after Trinity

    PropersTwo motets and a cantataJohn Keble, “Sixth Sunday after Trinity”Christopher Wordsworth, Hymn for Sixth Sunday after Trinity [Psalm 27] I will offer in his dwelling an oblation with great gladness: I will sing, and speak praises unto the Lord. Two motets and a cantata Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Perfice gressus meusOtto Albert Tichý, Perfice gressus meusJohann Sebastian Bach, Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust (BWV 170) Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Perfice gressus meus The text for today’s Offertory is from Psalm 17. The second half of this Psalm is dominated by calls for protection from enemies. The first half begins with a claim by the psalmist of a sincere and deliberate desire…

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    Fifth Sunday after Trinity

    PropersA hymn, two motets, and a cantataJohn Keble, “Fifth Sunday after Trinity”Christopher Wordsworth, Hymn for Fifth Sunday after Trinity [Psalm 27] One thing have I desired of the Lord, which I will require : even that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. A hymn, two motets, and a cantata “They cast their nets in Galilee”Lorenzo Perosi, Exaudi DominePietro Allori, Exaudi DomineJohann Sebastian Bach, Siehe, ich will viel Fischer aussenden “They cast their nets in Galilee” Attorney and poet from Greenville, Mississippi, William Alexander Percy (1885-1942) was a first cousin-once-removed of novelist and essayist Walker Percy (1916-1990), who once described “Uncle Will”…