Category Archives: Music Notes

Music Notes | Third Sunday After Pentecost

The assignment of the changeable chants of the Mass (at the Entrance, Offertory, and Communion processions, and between the Lessons) to particular liturgical days took place over some period of time, probably culminating in the seventh century. Some minor reorganization … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Second Sunday After Pentecost

As we move into the Season after Pentecost, the Revised Common Lectionary offers two ‘tracks’ of Old Testament Lessons for use at the Eucharist. In the current round of the three-year lectionary cycle (of which we are in Year B, … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Trinity Sunday

The Holy Trinity is appropriately honored on the First Sunday after Pentecost, when the Church has completed its seasons of celebration of the coming and earthly ministry of Christ and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Acknowledgement of the Trinity … Continue reading

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Music Notes – Pentecost

Pentecost (‘fiftieth’) is the Greek name for the ancient Israelite festival of Shavuot (‘weeks’) marking the end of the harvest season fifty days, or a ‘week of weeks’, after its beginning at Pesach (Passover). Also known as the Day of First … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Seventh Sunday of Easter

In the days between the feast of the Ascension of Our Lord (the Thursday 40 days after Easter) and the Day of Pentecost (the Sunday seven weeks after Easter) the Church dwells on Christ’s teaching and promises regarding what would … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Sixth Sunday of Easter

Some of the earliest (German) Protestant religious songs were Psalms paraphrased into rhyming syllabic meter, an example being ‘Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir’, a version of Psalm 130 translated in our Hymnal as ‘From deepest woe I cry … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Fifth Sunday of Easter

This Sunday St David’s offers two distinct services in additon to Choral Compline. Our webcast Liturgy of the Word honors the graduating seniors of the parish and was in part shaped by them. We are also thrilled to be offering … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Fourth Sunday of Easter

On the Fourth Sunday of Easter in all three years of the Eucharistic lectionary cycle, we read portions of John 10, in which Jesus likens himself to a ‘good shepherd’; the Collect refers to this image, and we often sing … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Third Sunday of Easter

The early Christian hymn ‘Gloria in excelsis Deo’ became a part of Morning Prayer on Sundays and other feasts in the  by the fourth century, a position it has retained in the Eastern Church. In the West, by contrast, it … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Second Sunday of Easter

The Hymnal 1982 is blessed with a sizeable collection of hymns for Eastertide. Several of them can fairly be called carols; among these is this week’s first hymn, ‘Good Christians all, rejoice and sing’ (205). The lively music – made so … Continue reading

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