May 2007

Jan van Eyk: Singing Angels from the Ghent Altarpiece (detail), St. Bavo Cathedral, Ghent, 1427-29




MAY 2007

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  Peter's Vision at Joppa:   Detail of altarpiece of the Chapel of St. John of Sahagún, BurgosCathedral, Spain 

'I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. There was something like a large sheet coming down from heaven, being lowered by its four corners; and it came close to me. As I looked at it closely I saw four-footed animals, beasts of prey, reptiles, and birds of the air. I also heard a voice saying to me, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat     (NRSV, Acts 11:5-7).” '


May 6, 2007:  The Fifth Sunday of Easter    [Comments]


10:00 am Choral Eucharist

The Choir of Trebles and Adults


Prelude:  Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1570), Adagio (Sonata 1)

Mass Setting: Anthony Caesar (b. 1924),  Missa Capella Regalis 

Introit:  J.S. Bach, Awake Thou Wintry Earth (Gelobet sei der Herr, mein Gott), BWV 129

Motet:  William Byrd(1540-1823), Sacerdotes Domini

Postlude: J.S. Bach, Prelude and Fugue in G, BWV 550



No Choral Evensong




 John of Patmos Watches the Descent of the New Jerusalem, Chateau d'Angers,14th Century Tapestry



And in the spirit he carried me away to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God (NRSV, Revelation 21:10).  



May 13, 2007:  The Sixth Sunday of Easter  [Comments]


10:00 am Choral Eucharist

The Choir of Trebles and Adults


Prelude:  Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706), Gloria in Excelsis

Mass Setting: Robert Fleming (1921-76),  Mass of St. Thomas 

Introit:  Thomas Mudd (c.1619-1667), Let Thy Merciful Ears

Motet:  Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924), Cantique de Jean Racine

Postlude:  Pachelbel, Toccata and Fugue in F



4:00 pm Choral Evensong

 The Choir of Trebles and Adults


Prelude: Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656), A Verse in Three Parts

Introit: Healy Willan (1880-1968), Rise Up My Love

Responses:  John Reading (c.1645-1692)

Canticles: John Heath (fl.1608-1668), "For Verses"

Anthem: Tomkins, My Beloved Spake

Postlude: Tomkins, A Fancy for Two to Play



Anonymous Norman Fecamp Master: The Ascension, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, 1180

While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them.  They said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven (NRSV, Acts 1:10-11)."


Thursday, May 17, 2007:  The Ascension of Our Lord    [Comments]


7:30 pm Choral Evensong has been cancelled and will be replaced by a simple evensong with organ at 12 noon.




Sunday, May 20, 2007:  The  Seventh Sunday of Easter / The Ascension 


10:00 am Choral Eucharist

The Choir of Trebles and Adults


PreludeOlivier Messiaen (1908-1992),  Majesté du Christ (L’Ascension)

Mass Setting: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-47), German Mass 

Introit:  Mendelssohn, Am Himmelfahrtstage

Motet:  Luca Marenzio (c.1553-99), O, Rex Gloriae

Postlude:  Messiaen,  Transports de joie (L'Ascension)



4:00 pm Choral Evensong

 The Cathedral Singers


Prelude:  Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992),  Alleluias sereins (L'Ascension)

Introit: Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924), Coelos Ascendit Hodie

Responses:  Nicholas Jackson (b.1934)

Canticles: C.S. Lang (1891-1971), In B-flat (double choir)

Anthem: Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625), O, Clap Your Hands

Postlude: Messiaen,  Prière du Christ montant (L'Ascension)




Giotto di Bondone: Pentecost, Cappella Scrovegni, Padua, 1305


 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability (NRSV, Acts 2:4).



May 27, 2007:  Pentecost    [Comments]


10:00 am Choral Eucharist

The Choir of Trebles and Adults


Prelude:  Nicolas de Grigny (1672-1703), Veni Creator

Mass Setting: Adrian Batten(1591-1637), Short Service

Introit:  Thomas Tallis (1505-85), If Ye Love Me

Motet:  Thomas Attwood (1765-1838), Come, Holy Ghost

Postlude:  Grigny, Veni Creator



4:00 pm Diocesan Choral Evensong

 The Cathedral Singers and Combined Choirs


Introit: John Stainer (1840-1901), Hail, Gladdening Light

Responses: Ferial, by the Congregation

Office Hymn:  Fear not, Rejoice and Be Glad 

Magnificat: Plainsong Tone VII.6

Nunc Dimittis: Patrick Wedd (b.1948), For We Have Seen your Salvation

Anthem: Wedd, Veni, Creator Spiritus

Prayers of the Peole: Veni, Sancte Spiritus and Litany of the Holy Spirit

Hymns:  Breathe on Me, Breath of God

                You are My Witnesses

Recessional Hymn:  Oh, What a Beautiful City

Postlude: Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937), Toccata in F, Symphony for Organ           

                 No. 5, op. 42, No. 1