Sunday, September 8, 2013

Holy Cross - September 15 2013

  • Organ: Pastorale – Peter Christian Lutkin (1858-1931)
  • Opening Hymn 431 “Take up your cross” (Breslau)
  • Service Music: John Merbecke
  • Psalm 98:1-6 (Tone VIII.2)
  • Gospel Alleluia  
Choir: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia
All: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia
Cantor: We adore you O Christ and we bless you: because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
All: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia 
  • Offertory Hymn 602 “Lift high the cross” (Crucifer)
  • Communion Hymn 386 “When I survey the wondrous cross” (Rockingham)
  • Communion Motet: O crux ave – Rihards Dubra
O hail the cross our only hope in passiontide.
Grant increase of grace to believers
  • Concluding hymn 537 “In the cross of Christ I glory” (Cross of Jesus)
  • Organ: Postlude – Peter Christian Lutkin (1858-1931)
Music Notes:

Today’s organ voluntaries were written by Peter Christian Lutkin (1858-1931) who was born in Wisconsin USA. A composer and conductor, he studied music in Europe, later serving as a church organist at St. Clement’s and St. James, Chicago, Illinois in the 1880’s and 1890’s. Around 1895, he founded the School of Music at Northwestern University and also helped found the American Guild of Organists and the North Shore Festival in Chicago.

“The style of my music is always in affinity with Gregorian chant or the music of the Middle Ages through the view of a man who lives in the present century ..... a style of meditation.” This is how Rihards Dubra describes his own music. Born in Latvia in 1964, Dubra’s choral music – composed almost exclusively for the church – has gained widespread popularity. He currently teaches harmony and composition at the Jurmala School of Music and is Cantor of the Church of Mary Magdalene in Riga. He is also involved with a number of choirs, particularly as a bass and founder of the Schola Cantorum Riga. This morning’s motet, O crux ave, was composed in 1994. “Just as everyone has their own pathway to God, so every composer has his own pathway to emotion in music, and through that—also to God.” (Rihards Dubra)

Next Sunday we will be introducing something new – a different musical setting of those parts of the communion service that are sung by the whole congregation (Kyrie, Gloria, etc.). There are a couple of reasons for this. The first is a desire to ‘set apart’ the penitential seasons of Advent and Lent, during which we’ll use the New Plainsong setting by David Hurd, and use the new one on all other non-BCP Sundays. Secondly, it is always a good thing to learn new music that will provide some variety in our worship. Given that Anglicans don’t easily embrace change (generally speaking, of course!), we’re asking that you give this tuneful music a chance to enter your hearts and minds. For the first few weeks we’ll use only the Sanctus, Benedictus and Agnus Dei from this service, continuing with the New Plainsong Kyrie and Gloria. After everyone is comfortable with those we’ll introduce you to the Kyrie and Gloria.

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