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Music Notes | Sixth Sunday After Pentecost

The Biblical Canticles – Psalm-like texts from books other than the Book of Psalms – have long formed a part of Morning and Evening Prayer. At the Reformation the Church of England eliminated a series of canticles used in rotation … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

This week’s Sequence hymn, ‘How sweet the Name of Jesus sounds’, was written as an exposition of the Song of Songs 1.3, ‘Thy name is an an ointment poured forth’ – but as with many hymns, it is rich with … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

‘Christ is made the sure foundation’ was sung on the Fifth Sunday of Easter, since it draws upon the passage from I Peter 2 read then; we sing it again this week in conjunction with Sunday’s fine Collect, which makes … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Third Sunday After Pentecost

Sunday’s Epistle (Romans 6.1–11) comprises St Paul’s fine meditation upon Christ’s death and resurrection and our participation in it through baptism: a text quoted repeatedly in the Prayer Book (it is part of the canticle ‘Christ our Passover’; parts of … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Second Sunday after Pentecost

Returning to Ordinary Time, we take up Matthew’s Gospel again as the Twelve are sent to proclaim that ‘the kingdom of heaven has come near’ and to ‘cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons’.  ‘Walte, … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Trinity Sunday

Trinity Sunday is sometimes called ‘the only feast that honors a doctrine’, but orthodox Christianity affirms that the Trinity is not just a doctrine, but rather a living reality, the very nature (or our best attempt to understand it) of … Continue reading

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Music Notes | The Day of Pentecost

The Easter Season culminates at Pentecost, which feast commemorates the constitution of Israel as a holy nation, and in Christian understanding, the renewal and radical expansion of this solemn assembly (ekklesia) of those in covenant with the LORD.‘Hail this joyful … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Seventh Sunday of Easter

On the Seventh Sunday of Easter, and until the Day of Pentecost, the Church continues the celebration of the Ascension of Our Lord. ‘Hail, thou once despised Jesus!’, though not explicitly an Ascension hymn, is often associated with this season since … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Ascension Day

The accounts of the Ascension in Luke’s Gospel and Acts of the Apostles put into vivid, physical terms what is already explored in the Epistles to the Ephesians and the Hebrews; these images are echoed in the prayers and psalmody … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Sixth Sunday of Easter

‘O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises…’Thus … Continue reading

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