February 5, 2012

Master of the Life of the Virgin, The Presentation, National Gallery, London, 1460-75

Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, "This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed [NRSV, Luke 2:34].

The Presentation of the Lord / Candlemas [Comments]

10:00 am Choral Eucharist
The Cathedral Choirs

Mass Setting: Missa Aedis Christi [CCC Dublin: BNQ; BM  (info); New College: CML (info)], Herbert Howells (1892-1983)

Introit: Senex puerum portabat [a 4 voces] [King's: listen], William Byrd (1543-1625)

Motet: Hodie Beata Virgo [text] [King's: listen], William Byrd

Postlude: A light to reveal [Berg: YouTube], Marcel Dupré (1886-1971)

4:00 pm Evensong
The Cathedral Singers

Prelude: Nunc Dimittis, BWV 616 [Kibbie: listen], Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

One thing have I desired [text], Richard Kidd (b. 1954)

Preces and Responses:  
Raymond Lewis

27 (Turle)

Magnificat: Evening Service 
in F [St. Paul's: YouTube] George Dyson (1883-1964)

Nunc dimittis:  Evening Service in F [St. Paul's: YouTubeGeorge Dyson

Anthem:  When to the temple Mary went [text] [St. Paul's: YouTube],  Johannes Eccard (1553-1611) 

Lord God, now unlock your heaven, BWV 617 [Kibbie: listen], Johann Sebastian Bach