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    Fourth Sunday after Trinity

    PropersMotets and cantatasJohn Keble, “Fourth Sunday after Trinity”Christopher Wordsworth, Hymn for Fourth Sunday after Trinity [Psalm 18] The Lord is my stony rock, and my defence: my Saviour, my god, and my might. Motets and cantatas Alessandro Grandi, Illumina oculos meosOrlande de Lassus, Illumina oculos meosHenry Desmarets, Illumina oculos meosJohann Sebastian Bach, Ein ungefärbt Gemüte (BWV 24, “An unstained character”) Alessandro Grandi, Illumina oculos meos Today’s Offertory is a verse taken from Psalm 13. Here is that verse and several of the following verse which are often included in musical settings. Illumina oculos meos, ne unquam obdormiam in morte,Lighten mine eyes, that I sleep not in death.Ne quando dicat inimicus…

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    Third Sunday after Trinity

    PropersMotets and cantatasJohn Keble, “Third Sunday after Trinity” [St. Luke 15] I say unto you: There is joy in the presence of the Angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. Motets and cantatas Lajos Bárdos, Sperent in te (“Let them trust in thee”)Johann Sebastian Bach, Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis (BWV 21, “My heart was deeply troubled”) Lajos Bárdos, Sperent in te A student of the celebrated teacher and composer Zoltán Kodály (1882–1967), Lajos Bárdos (1899–1986) was a significant figure in the development during the 20th century of Hungarian choral music. His setting of today’s Offertory, Sperent in te (“Let them trust in thee”), was composed in 1946. It is…

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    The Second Sunday after Trinity

    PropersMotets and cantatasJohn Keble, “Second Sunday after Trinity” [Psalm 13] I will sing of the Lord, because he hath dealt so lovingly with me: yea, I will praise the Name of the Lord Most Highest. Motets and cantatas Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Ad Dominum cum tribularerOrlande de Lassus, Ad Dominum cum tribularerHans Leo Hassler, Ad Dominum cum tribularerHeinrich Schütz, Ad Dominum cum tribularerJ. S. Bach, Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes (BWV 76) Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Ad Dominum cum tribularer The Gradual for this Sunday is taken from the first two verses of Psalm 120. Many Latin-language settings of the text for this Gradual are designated as Ad Dominum…

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    The First Sunday after Trinity

    PropersMotets and cantatasJohn Keble, “First Sunday after Trinity” [Psalm 9] I will speak of all thy marvellous works: I will be glad and rejoice in thee: yea, my songs will I make of thy Name, O thou Most Highest. Motets and cantatas Orlande de Lassus, Verba mea auribus percipe, DomineAndrea Gabrieli, Verba mea auribus, percipe, DomineHeinrich Schütz, Verba mea auribus percipe, DomineMaurizio Cazzati, Verba mea auribus percipe, DomineJohann Sebastian Bach, O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort Orlande de Lassus, Verba mea auribus percipe, Domine Andrea Gabrieli, Verba mea auribus, percipe, Domine The setting of this text by Lassus’s contemporary, Andrea Gabrieli (1532/1533–1585) is in two parts; the first part — which includes…

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    Trinity Sunday

    Hymns for Trinity SundayPropersPsalms from the Daily OfficeMotets and cantatasJohn Keble, “Trinity Sunday” Hymns for Trinity Sunday “Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty” (#266)“I bind unto myself today” (#268)“Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord” (#270) “Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty” (#266) The processional hymns in our Trinity Sunday service is often “Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty” (#266). It was written by Reginald Heber (1783-1826), a scholar (fellow of All Souls, Oxford), priest (rector of a parish in Shropshire for sixteen years), and bishop of Calcutta from 1823 until his death. As bishop of Calcutta, all of India was his diocese. An admirer of the hymns of John Newton and William…

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    Pentecost, commonly called Whitsunday

    A hymn for PentecostPropersPsalms from the Daily OfficeMotetsJohn Keble, “Whitsunday” “Come down, O love divine” In 1367 Bianco da Siena entered the Order of Jesuates, a community of unordained men who followed the rule of St. Augustine. They were known for their fervent and mystical piety, which is reflected in the hymns of its most famous member. In 1851, 92 of these were published, four of which have been translated into English. “Come down, O Love divine” is the most famous of these. It was encluded in the first edition of the English Hymnal (1906) with four stanzas, one of which is omited in our Hymnal. The tune DOWN AMPNEY…

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    Sunday after Ascension (May 24, 2020)

    If we were together this morning, our processional hymn would probably be Charles Wesley’s triumphant “Hail the day that sees him rise.” Since we’re not together, as part of our continuing Choir-in-Quarantine series, we’ve recorded this hymn from our individual spaces (you can sing along at #104, second tune). Wesley’s original poem (first published in 1739) contained ten stanzas (our Hymnal includes four of these, with some alterations). The hymn affirms Christ’s kingly rule (he is seated at the right hand of the Father to rule, not to relax), his continued full humanity (his human hands still bear the scars of his crucifixion), and our destiny to behold him face…

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    Ascension Day

    On this page PropersPsalms from the Daily OfficeMotets and cantatasJohn Keble, “Ascension Day” Propers      Introit Viri Galilaei. Acts 1Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? Alleluia : in like manner as ye have seen him going up into heaven, so shall he come again. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. [Psalm 47] O clap your hands together, all ye people: O sing unto God with the voice of melody. 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. Ye men of Galilee . . .  …

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    Sunday after Ascension (“Exaudi”)

    PropersPsalms from the Daily OfficeMotets and cantatasJohn Keble, “Sunday after Ascension” Propers      Introit Exaudi, Domine. Psalm 27Consider, O Lord, and hear me, when I cry unto thee, alleluia: unto thee my heart hath said, Thy face, Lord, have I sought; thy face, Lord, will I seek: O hide not thou thy face from thy servant, alleluia, alleluia. The Lord is my light, and my salvation: whom then shall I fear? 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. Consider, O Lord . . .    …

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    Canticles

    The word canticle from the Latin canticulum, a “little song.” As a technical liturgical term, it is used to designate one of the small body of texts that have been traditionally been used in the daily worship of the Church. Almost all of these texts are taken from the Scriptures, and most from outside the Psalter. Venite exultemus Domino In the Book of Common Prayer, the first canticle appointed is the Venite exultemus Domino (often called simply the Venite): which begins “O come let us sing unto the Lord.” It is sung at the beginning of Morning Prayer, before the readings — or chanting — from the Psalter, the Old…