- Organ: Meditation – Frank Bridge (violin and organ)
- Service Music: Community Mass – Richard Proulx
- Hymn 485 “Love divine, all loves excelling”
- Psalm 98: 1-6 - Sing to the LORD a new song...*
- Gospel Alleluia:
Jesus said: “If anyone loves me he will keep my word,
and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him.”
- Hymn “Sing of Mary, pure and lowly” (Hermon)*
- Motet: Ave Maria – Anton Dvorak*
- Hymn during Communion 647 “Spirit of the living God”
- Communion Motet: If ye love me – Thomas Tallis*
- Hymn 433 “Lord, you give the great commission”
- Organ: Spring Song – Frank Bridge (violin and organ)
The warmest of welcomes to Daniel Kushner, violinist, to our 10:30 service this morning.
Mary is often referred to as “the mother of all mothers”, so it is appropriate that on this Mothers’ Day the anthem is a setting of ‘Ave Maria’ by the Czech composer, Anton Dvorak (1841-1904), originally written for a low-register voice with organ accompaniment; we’ll sing it in an arrangement for choir, organ and violin. Dvorak wrote it in the summer of 1877, and he dedicated the song to his wife Anna, who premiered it on her name day (26 July) accompanied by Dvorak at the organ. The Hail Mary is based on these passages from the Bible: Luke 1:28-35, 42-48. The text is what Roman Catholics and some Anglicans regularly use at the conclusion of a eucharist, known as the Angelus.
At least one former organist of St. Barnabas’ (John Dewdney) composed music for his choir to sing. (Unfortunately, when he retired he must have taken the music with him since none of it can be found in our choir library.) But as far as we know, no music by any other composer has been ‘premiered’ (i.e. given its first hearing) at a service in our parish – that is, until next Sunday, May
17. At the 10:30 service the choir is excited to sing a brand new setting of the communion service by Brendan Culver, a young Hamilton musician who recently graduated from York University and who will undertake a Master’s degree in composition at the University of Toronto starting next fall. You might remember Brendan as our bagpiper at the Remembering concert in November 2014 – obviously a man of many talents (he also plays the organ), and he’s hoping to join us for the service next week to hear his music for the first time.