Holy Week 2008
Christ Church Cathedral
Holy Week and Easter 2008
Pietro Lorenzetti, Entry of Christ into Jerusalem, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi, c.1320
The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,
‘Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven (NRSV, Matthew 21:9)!’
10:00 am Choral Eucharist The Choir of Trebles and Adults
4:00 PM Evensong The Cathedral Singers
Preces and Responses: Plainsong
Magnificat: Octavi toni, Felice Anero (1560-1594)
Nunc Dimittis: Tone 6
El Greco, The Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, National Gallery, London, 1590
In monte Oliveti ad patrem oravit:
On the Mount of Olives he prayed to the Father:
Pater si fieri potest transeat a me calix iste.
Father if it is possible let this cup pass from me.
Spiritus quidem promptus est caro autem infirma.
The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.
Vigilate et orate ut non intretis in temptationem.
Watch and pray that you do not enter into temptation.
- Text of responsory by Juozas Naujalis
March 19: Wednesday of Holy Week
7:30 pm Choral Tenebrae The Cathedral Singers
Responsory: Vinea mea electa (text), Anonymous Spanish
Responsory: In monte Oliveti (text above), Juozas Naujalis (1869-1934)
Tintoretto, Christ Washing the Feet of his Disciples, National Gallery, London, c.1556
Peter said to him, "You will never wash my feet." Jesus answered, "Unless I wash you, you have no share with me. Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head (NRSV, John 13:8-9)!"
7:30 pm Choral Eucharist of the Institution The Cathedral Singers
Mass Setting: Mass for Four Voices, William Byrd
Rogier van der Weyden, Christ on the Cross with Mary and St. John, Nuevos Museos, El Escorial, Spain, c.1460
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, "Woman, here is your son." Then he said to the disciple, "Here is your mother." And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home. (NRSV, John 19:26-27)
12 noon Family Service The Choir of Trebles and Adults
Where You There? Arr. Shepherd
12:00 pm Music and Meditation The Cathedral Singers
Tenebrae factae sunt (text), Plainsong
1:45 pm The Liturgy of Good Friday The Cathedral Singers
Reproaches (listen: St. Thomas 5th Ave), Tomás Luis de Victoria
5:00 pm The Seven Last Words of Christ
String Quartet in E-flat, Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): Quatuor Claudel-Canimex with commentary by the Very Rev. Michael Pitts.
Dierc Bouts the Elder, Resurrection, Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena, 1450-60
And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men (NRSV, Matthew 28:2-4).
March 22: Holy Saturday
7:30 pm The Great Vigil of Easter, with the Lighting of the New Fire, the Blessing of the Paschal Candle and the First eucharist of Easter The Cathedral Singers
Vigil: Responsories and Psalms, Plainsong
Motet: Alleluia, surrexit Christus, Felice Anerio (1560-1594)
Fra Angelico, Noli me tangere, Convento di San Marco, Florence, 1440-1
Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to him in Hebrew, "Rabbouni!" (which means Teacher, (NRSV, John 20:16).
10:00 am Procession and Choral Eucharist The Cathedral Choirs and Brass Ensemble
Mass Setting: Missa in resurrezione Domini, Orazio Vecchi
4:00 pm Choral Evensong The Cathedral Singers
Introit: In exitu Israel, Samuel Wesley (1766-1837)
Preces and Responses: Andrew Carter (b. 1939)
Canticles: Wakefield Service, Andrew Carter
Peter Paul Rubens, The Incredulity of St. Thomas, Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp, 1513-15
Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe (NRSV, John 20:27)."
10:00 am Choral Eucharist The Cathedral Singers Octet
4:00 pm Evensong
The Cathedral Singers Octet
Preces and Responses: Paul Halley (b. 1952)