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Music Notes | The Feast of Christ the King

The Feast of Christ the King was instituted in the Roman Catholic Church by Pope Pius XI in 1925 to remind the faithful of their allegiance to God rather than to earthly rulers (specifically, Mussolini) and was taken up by other … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Harvest Sunday (Proper 28)

This Sunday has been named ‘Harvest Sunday’ at St David’s as parishioners are invited to make financial commitments to the parish’s ministry for the next year, returning a portion of their wealth as an offering of thanks and praise to … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Feast of All Saints’ Day (Observed)

On 1 November the Western Church celebrates All Saints’ Day (in the Episcopal Church it may be observed on the Sunday following, in addition to its observance on the fixed date). The hymnody for this feast is, as one would … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Twenty-second Sunday After Pentecost

The Psalms – the Church’s first hymnal – provide a bountiful store of praise, petition, and more for the use of the people of God. The Psalter sung in its entirety constitutes the core of the Daily Office and, in … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Twenty-first Sunday After Pentecost

This Sunday Our Lord delivers the third of three instructions in the Gospel of Mark upon the identity of the Christ and upon discipleship, as part of which he foretells his own self-sacrifice. This is paired with the bulk of … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost

This Sunday Our Lord delivers one of the hardest teachings of all for many of us to hear: ‘Go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost

This Sunday several themes, both provided by our lectionary and occasioned by the day’s proximity to the Commemoration of St Francis of Assisi, come together: the wonders of God’s creation; the beauty and sanctity of human relationships; our need for … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Sunday’s Communion hymn, ‘This is the hour of banquet and of song’ [317], is actually made up of the slightly altered stanzas 3, 4, and 10 of ‘Here, O my Lord, I see thee face to face’, whose unaltered 1st, … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost

Sunday’s Postcommunion hymn, ‘O love, how deep, how broad, how high’ [448/449], is a translation of part of a 15th-century text of 23 stanzas, ‘Apparuit benignitas’ (‘good will or favor has appeared’). The original as a whole is a hymn … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Two of our hymns this Sunday were first published, in collections dealing with the Church year, in 1827, when hymn-singing was slowly beginning to find official support in the Church of England. ‘Bread of the world, in mercy broken’ [301] … Continue reading

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