November 30, 2008

Alexander Master, Christ Teaching his Disciples about the Last Things, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, the Hague, 1430

Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. (NRSV, Mark 13:30-31).'

The First Sunday of Advent

10:00 am Choral Eucharist
The Cathedral Choirs

Prelude: Sleepers awake [listen], BWV 645, Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750) [BNQ] [NML] [CML]

Introit: Advent Prose [listen & text], Plainsong mode 1

Mass Setting: Missa Brevis 2 for Advent, Healey Willan (1880-1968) [NML] [CML]

Motet: Rorate caeli [text], Francisco Guerrero (1527-99)
Postlude: Sleepers awake, Emma Lou Diemer (b. 1927) [NML] [CML]

4:00 pm A Procession with Lessons and Carols for Advent
The Cathedral Choirs

Prelude: Conditor Alme Siderum [NML], Marcel Dupré (1886-1971) [BNQ] [NML] [CML]

Introit: The Advent Prose [
listen & text], Plainsong Mode 1

Preces and Responses: Plainsong

Psalm: 112, 113 (Tones 7.5, 5.2)

Magnificat: Tone 2.1

Nunc Dimittis: Tone 3.5

Anthem: Salus aeterna [text] Mode 7

Postlude: Conditor Alme Siderum [Midi ], Jean Titelouze (1563-1633) [NML]

November 23, 2008

Fra Angelico, Christ the Judge, Chapel of San Brizio, Duomo, Orvieto, 1447

"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory (NRSV, Matthew 25:31)."

The Reign of Christ - Feast of Dedication [Comments]

10:00 am Choral Eucharist
The Cathedral Singers

Prelude: Majesté du Christ demandant sa gloire à son Père (listen:
Latry), Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) [BNQ] [NML] [CML]

Introit: Jubilate Deo,
Cipriano de Rore (1515/16-1565) [NML]

Mass Setting: Service in G,
Francis Jackson (b. 1917) [NML]

Motet: Terribilis est locus iste,
George Malcolm (1917-97)

Postlude: Toccata in b (listen:
NML), Francis Jackson

4:00 pm Evensong
The Cathedral Singers

Prelude: Prelude in a, BWV 543 (listen) [NML] [CML], Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) [BNQ]

Introit: Glorious and powerful God (
text) (listen), Charles Villiers Stanford

Preces and Responses: Thomas Tunnard

Psalm: 145 (Cooper, Lawes)

Canticles: Second Service (listen), Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625) [BNQ] [NML] [CML]

Glorious and powerful God (
text) (listen), Orlando Gibbons

Postlude: Fugue in a, BWV 543 (
listen) [NML] [CML], Johann Sebastian Bach

November 16, 2008

Rembrandt van Rijn, The Parable of the Talents, Musée du Louvre, Paris, c. 1652

Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, 'Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.' (NRSV, Matthew:24-25).'

November 16, 2008: Twenty-seventh Sunday after Pentecost [Comments]

10:00 am Choral Eucharist
The Cathedral Singers

Prelude: Duetto (Psalm55) (
listen), Percy Whitlock (1903-46) [BNQ]

Introit: Awake us, Lord (Cantata 22) (text & listen), Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) [BNQ]

Mass Setting: Missa brevis "O Westron Wynde" (listen), Healey Willan (1880-1968) [BNQ]

Motet: Jesu, grant me this I pray (text), Percy Whitlock

Postlude: Exultemus (Psalm 81) (listen), Percy Whitlock

4:00 pm Evensong
The Cathedral Singers

Prelude: Preambule (Psalm 23) (listen), Percy Whitlock (1903-46) [BNQ]

Introit: Hail, gladdening light (text & listen), Healey Willan (1880-1968) [BNQ]

Preces and Responses: James Wallace (b. 1959)

Canticles: Service in E-flat, Charles Wood (1866-1926)

Anthem: Before the ending of the day (Hymn 26), Healey Willan

Postlude: Sortie (Psalm 68) (listen), Percy Whitlock

November 9, 2008

Robert Vonnoh, In Flanders Field - Where Soldiers Sleep and Poppies Grow, Butler Institute of American Art, Ohio, 1890

Jesus said to Martha, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die (NRSV, John 11:25-26a).'

November 9, 2008: All Souls - The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (Remembrance Sunday) [Comments]

10:00 am Choral Eucharist
The Cathedral Singers

Prelude: Blessed are you faithful souls, Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) [BNQ]

Introit: In the midst of life (text), Russian Chant

Mass Setting: Missa "Sine nomine," Lodovico Viadana (1560-1627)

Motet: Requiem Aeternam (text), Felice Anerio (1560-1594)

Postlude: Like clouds are they born to do thy great will, Healey Willan (1880-1968) [BNQ]

4:00 pm Evensong
The Cathedral Singers

Prelude: Aria and Fugue, Healey Willan (1880-1968) [BNQ]

Introit: O, how glorious (listen), Healey Willan

Preces and Responses: Plainsong

Magnificat: Tone 7.6 fauxbourdons, Patrick Wedd (b. 1948) [BNQ]

Nunc Dimittis: Tone 1.4 fauxbourdons, Patrick Wedd

Anthem: O quam gloriosum (listen), Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548 –1611) [BNQ]

Postlude: Prelude and Fugue in b, Healey Willan

November 2, 2008

Dante Gabriel Rosetti, The Sermon on the Mount, All Saints, Selsley, Glouchestershire, U.K., 1862

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him.(NRSV, Matthew 5:1).

10:00 am Choral Eucharist
The Cathedral Singers

Prelude: Les enfants de Dieu (listen) from La Nativité du Seigneur, Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) [BNQ]

Introit: Adon Olam (text & listen), Salamone Rossi (1570-1630) [BNQ]

Mass Setting: Missa secunda, Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612) [BNQ]

Motet: O King, how glorious (text & listen), Healey Willan (1880-1968) [BNQ]

Motet: Ein Kelohainu (text & listen), Salamone Rossi

Postlude: Force et agilité des corps glorieux (listen), Olivier Messiaen

4:00 pm A Special Service of Music and Poetry
The Combined Cathedral Choirs; Anne-Marie Denoncourt and Pamela Reimer, piano

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Psalm 1, Psalm 150 [BNQ]

Srul Irving Glick: Sing unto the Lord a new song (Suite in 4 movements) (listen) [BNQ]

Igor Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms (listen) [BNQ]