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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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Music Notes | Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost

The Gradual Psalm appointed for this Sunday is 146, which the shapers of our lectionary chose to accompany two healing accounts in Sunday’s Gospel portion. The Prayer Book translation of the psalm, as usual, will be sung with an appropriate … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost

The Collect (Prayer) of the Day appointed for each liturgical occasion can sometimes be easy to overlook, especially in Ordinary Time, when the Collects are rarely thematically related to the appointed lessons, but the body of Collects contains many fine … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Our Communion anthem this week is one of very many settings of the Eucharistic text ‘Ave verum corpus’. The text (of which several slight variants exist) is first found in an Italian Franciscan manuscript of the 13th century and, unlike … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost

Our Introit may come from the series taken from Psalms in numerical sequence, but Psalm 84 is most appropriate for any occasion of worship, and all the more so as on the one hand, the parish welcomes home Fr Chuck … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost

This Sunday’s Introit (entrance) chant likely continues the series of Introits taken from the Psalms in numerical order which we discussed in the notes for June 13. Some of these Ordinary Time Introits can seem to have little to do … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Tenth Sunday After Pentecost

This week we continue the series of Gospel readings from the ‘Bread of Life’ discourse in John 6, paired with a passage from Exodus 16, and one from Psalm 78, describing the LORD’s provision of manna to the Israelites in … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Ninth Sunday After Pentecost

The modern three-year lectionary used at the celebration of the Eucharist on Sundays and other major holy days is built, particularly in Ordinary Time (the season after the Epiphany that continues after the ‘interruption’ of Lent and Eastertide), around the … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Eighth Sunday After Pentecost

Although the Fourth Sunday of Easter in the modern lectionary is always a ‘Good Shepherd’ Sunday, featuring relevant selections from the Gospel of John and concomitantly Psalm 23, shepherd imagery also appears at other times. This Sunday we read in … Continue reading

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