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    Palm Sunday (April 5, 2020)

    If we were together on this day, our service would open with the Processional hymn “All glory, laud, and honor.” This page includes (at the bottom) the singing of the hymn by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, as well as a lot of information about the hymn’s history. One of the texts traditionally sung during the distribution of Palm branches is Pueri Hebræorum vestimenta. Pueri Hebræorum vestimenta prosternebant in via     The Hebrew children spread their garments in the way, et clamabant dicentes: Hosanna Filio David,     and cried out, saying: Hosanna to the Son of David: benedictus qui venit in nomini Domini.     blessed is He that cometh in the Name…

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    Passion Sunday, the Fifth Sunday in Lent (March 29, 2020)

    This Sunday marks the beginning of the two-week period historically known as Passiontide. During these final days before Easter, more attention is given to the sufferings and death of Jesus. This Sunday has also been known as Judica Sunday, that designation taken from the first word of the day’s proper Introit, a text taken from Psalm 43: Give sentence with me, O God, and defend my cause against the ungodly people: O deliver my soul from the deceitful and wicked man: for thou art the God of my strength. O send out thy light and thy truth, that they may lead me: and bring me unto thy holy hill, and…

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    Feast of the Annunciation (March 25, 2020)

    Within the Anglican tradition, there are two sets of Propers that may be sung on the Feast of the Annunciation. The first set contains the texts from the traditional Western Rite, texts which relies heavily on passages from Psalm 45. The Introit from the Western Rite presents the scene of the royal wedding that is depicted in Psalm 45: The rich also among the people shall make their supplication before thee; she shall be brought unto the King in a raiment of needlework: the virgins that be her fellows shall be brought unto thee, with joy and gladness. My heart is inditing of a good matter: I speak of the…

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    Fourth Sunday in Lent (March 22, 2020)

    Many members of the parish will no doubt be reading the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel readings that would be received if today’s services could be held. Those texts are readily available in the Prayerbook. But the Propers that punctuate our service are not as handy to read. So until we can restore our services, I’ll be posting the Propers here for each service. The Fourth Sunday in Lent is traditionally called Lætare Sunday, after the first Latin word in the Introit: “Rejoice ye with Jerusalem: and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her: that ye may suck,…

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    Third Sunday in Lent (March 15, 2020)

    Today’s liturgy involves several references to ocular activity. Our Processional hymn — “Saviour, when in dust to thee” includes a reference to our averting our eyes from God out of a sense of guilt and penitence: “when, repentant, to the skies scarce we lift our weeping eyes . . . ” God’s vision is also referenced in the hymn: in the second stanza, we plead with God to “turn, oh, turn a fav’ring eye; hear our solemn litany!” (You can read more about this hymn here.) The Introit for today is from Psalm 25, and is referred to in liturgical texts by the first two words of the Latin of…

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    Second Sunday in Lent (March 8, 2020)

    Our opening hymn, “Before thy throne, O God, we kneel,” expresses the spirit of Lenten self-examination with some remarkable details. “Sins of heedless word and deed” and “crafty trade and subtle snare” describe how both carelessness and deliberation can involve forms of disobedience. The text to this hymn is the work of William Boyd Carpenter (1841-1918). As an Anglican priest, he served as chaplain to the Bishop of London and honorary chaplain to Queen Victoria. In 1884, he was consecrated Bishop of Ripon, a post which he left in 1911 to become canon at Westminster. Boyd was regarded as one of the greatest orators of the Victorian era, and many…

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    First Sunday in Lent

    PROCESSIONAL HYMN: “Kind Maker of the world” SEQUENCE HYMN: Psalm 51 (Charles H. Wilton, 1761-1832) SERMON HYMN: “My God, accept my heart this day” OFFERTORY ANTHEM: Scapulis suis Music: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594) Text: Psalm 91:4 Scapulis suis obumbrabit tibi Dominus et sub pennis ejus sperabis; He shall cover you with his wings and you shall be safe under his feathers scuto circumdabit te veritas ejus. his faithfulness shall be your shield and buckler. COMMUNION MOTET: “Agnus Dei” from Missa Brevis Music: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594) Text: Ordinary of the Mass COMMUNION HYMNS: “Draw nigh and take the Body” “Glory be to Jesus” CLOSING HYMN: “The glory of…

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    Ash Wednesday (February 26, 2020)

    Here are the hymns we will sing during our Ash Wednesday mass: PROCESSIONAL HYMN: “Forty days and forty nights” (#55)SEQUENCE HYMN: “God the Father, God the Son” (#229)SERMON HYMN: “Lead us, heav’nly Father” (#567)COMMUNION HYMNS: “Let thy Blood in mercy poured” (#190) and “Here O my Lord I see thee” (#208, PENITENTIA)CLOSING HYMN: “Lord, who throughout these forty days” (#59) During the Offertory, the Choir will sing the first four stanzas of “Jesus, I will ponder now,” a hymn by the German Baroque poet Sigismund von Birken (1626-1681). The musical setting is from an earlier Lutheran cantor and music teacher, Melchior Vulpius (ca. 1570-1615). Here are the stanzas the choir…

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    Quinquagesima (February 23, 2020)

    The Epistle reading for today is St Paul’s famous essay on love from I Corinthians 13. While the focus of the apostle’s description is usually applied to the shape that our love for each other should take, that message is always received with the awareness that our ability to love is dependent on God’s prior love for us, on the fact that He is Love. In the Gospel reading from St. Luke’s gospel, Jesus tells the disciples about what is to happen when they go up to Jerusalem: that he will be captured, tortured, put to death, but rise again on the third day. Just before we enter Lent —…

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    Sexagesima (February 16, 2020)

    Between now and Holy Week, these posts will include less original material than usual. With more than a full year of material stockpiled on this site, many of the hymns and motets we’ll be singing have already been introduced, so I will be copying a lot of text from earlier posts. Any hymn or motet that has it’s own page will feature a link that will take you to further reading. Such is the case with the first two hymns in today’s service: “We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing” and “Behold a Sower!” The Offertory anthem, Orlande de Lassus’s Perfice gressus meos, is a setting of three verses…