• Hymns,  Service music

    Rogation Sunday music

    Our singing hymns together has been suspended for some time. I hope that there is music in your homes. The choir recorded a hymn for Rogation Sunday (and the next three Rogation days), which you can listen to here. It is hymn #101, if you care to sing along. With Wallace’s help, we’ve also recorded one of the parish’s favorite Communion hymns: “Deck thyself my soul with gladness.” You listen to our quarantine-style recording right here. You may be interested in reading more about this hymn here, and reading the text to the 6 stanzas in the original that are missing from our Hymnal. Since we’ve been unable to take…

  • Service music

    Fifth Sunday after Easter (“Rogation Sunday”)

    On this page About this SundayA hymn for Rogation daysPropersPsalms from the Daily OfficeMotets and cantatas About this Sunday “Rogation” comes from the Latin rogare, which means to ask. AT the beginning of today’s Gospel, Jesus (in the Upper Room, the night before his death) says to the disciples: “Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.” Our Prayerbook designates Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week as Rogation Days. The asking tied to these days for many centuries emphasized prayers for God’s favor to…

  • Service music

    Music through the Church Year

    The current week Fourth Sunday after Easter (“Cantate”) Fifth Sunday after Easter (Rogation Sunday) Ascension Day Sunday after Ascension (“Exaudi”) Pentecost, commonly called Whitsunday Trinity Sunday First Sunday after Trinity Second Sunday after Trinity Third Sunday after Trinity Fourth Sunday after Trinity

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    Fourth Sunday after Easter (“Cantate”)

    On this page PropersPsalms from the Daily OfficeMotets and cantatas Propers      Introit Cantate Domino. Psalm 98O sing unto the Lord a new song, alleluia: for the Lord hath done marvelous things, alleluia: in the sight of the nations hath he shewed his righteous judgments, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. With his own right hand, and with his holy arm: hath he gotten himself the victory. 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. O sing unto the Lord . . . Men of the choir of All Saints…

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    Music in our liturgy

    Below are links to several pages that guide readers to historical background, commentary, recordings, and links to other resources concerning aspects of our liturgical life together. Psalms This page includes links to pages for each Psalm, on which are presented recordings of the Psalm chanted in plainchant and/or Anglican chant. There are also in some cases embedded recordings of performances of more elaborate choral settings of the Psalm. Hymns This page displays a list of many of the hymns we sing throughout the year, with links to pages that contain information about the text and tune of each hymn, as well as embedded recordings. Canticles This page presents recordings of…

  • Hymns,  Service music

    More music from quarantine

    During Lent, our Eucharistic service does not include the singing of the Gloria. This means that it has been a long time (February 23rd) since we have been able to sing one of the most ancient and joyous portions of our liturgy. So our choir has made a recording (each recording in our discrete spaces) of the Scottish Chant setting of the Gloria (p. 739 in the Hymnal) to aid in your singing together at home. We have also made a new recording of one of the favorite hymns in our parish, “The King of Love my Shepherd is.” The sixth stanza features a stirring descant that our sopranos can’t…

  • Service music

    The Introit, two hymns, and three cantatas for Jubilate Sunday

    The Introit for the third Sunday after Easter is from Psalm 66, which begins “O be joyful in God, all ye lands.” The first words of this Introit in Latin are Jubilate Deo, so this Sunday has traditionally been known as Jubilate Sunday. This Sunday is known as “Jubilate Sunday,” because the first word in the Introit (when sung in Latin) is Jubilate, “Be joyful.” (By the way, if you’re explaining this to your kids, remember that the initial “J” in the word is silent.) The persistent presence of alleluias reminds us that we are still in Eastertide. One Introit O be joyful in God, all ye lands, alleluia: sing…

  • Psalms,  Service music

    Psalm 23 chanted, for Good Shepherd Sunday

    One of the most frequently chanted settings of Psalm 23 is by Charles Hylton Stewart (1884-1932). The son of an Anglican organist who was also a priest, Stewart served as an organist in Rochester Cathedral and St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. Stewart’s setting of Psalm 23 does not conform to the strict structure of Anglican chant, but is one of our choir’s favorite Psalm settings. It is sung here by the choir of St John’s Anglican Church in Elora, Ontario, directed by Noel Edison.

  • Hymns,  Service music

    A canticle for a quarantined people

    We haven’t sung the Te Deum laudamus together since before Ash Wednesday. So to provide some encouragement for the parish to sing this canticle at home, the choir (with Wallace’s help) has made a recording of it. Be assured that social distancing was observed; the average distance between singers was probably about 60 miles, with James in Northern Virginia, Braxton in Fluvanna, and myself sequestered in the County of Greene. This permanent page also includes our humble recording, and will soon include information about many other ways this text has been and is still being sung throughout the Church’s history.

  • Hymns,  Service music

    Te Deum laudamus, “We praise thee, O God”

    If one excludes hymns with texts taken from the Bible, the Te Deum laudamus is the best known hymn in the history of the Western Church. It was long claimed to have been spontaneously improvised by St. Augustine and St. Ambrose, but other venerable saints have also been named as its author. In his book Te Deum: The Church and Music, music historian Paul Westermeyer summarizes the theology in this venerable text: Long associated with morning prayer, it is cast in three parts. First, praise to God everlasting includes a ‘Holy, holy, holy’ Sanctus-like section in which apostles, prophets, martyrs, and the whole church praise the Father, Son, and Holy…