Category Archives: Music Notes

Music Notes | First Sunday of Advent

‘At the Name of Jesus’ [435] was written by Caroline Maria Noel, an Englishwoman who in 1861 published a collection of verse, The Name of Jesus, and Other Verses for the Sick and Lonely, written over a decade or so … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Last Sunday of Pentecost – Christ the King

For the season of Advent our services will include the singing of the Introit historically assigned to each occasion, as our 11:15 a.m. and 5 p.m. services have done in the recent past. These chants, like the other ‘proper’ (variable) … Continue reading

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Music Notes | 24th Sunday after Pentecost

Hymns were not officially part of the Mass in the traditional Roman Rite, nor of the Anglican Communion service until quite recently. Instead, hymns found a place at the Office, the daily round of services based upon the singing of … Continue reading

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Music Notes | 23rd Sunday after Pentecost

The Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids (or Wise and Foolish Virgins), Matthew 25.1–13, is a linchpin text in a crucial symbolic narrative describing the final coming of Christ, which we celebrate from All Saints’ Day through the first Sunday of … Continue reading

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Music Notes | All Saints’ Day

William Walsham How was a Church of England priest and later bishop in the East End of London, where he became known for his work among the poor in the 1880s. He published a Commentary on the Gospels, a manual … Continue reading

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Music Notes |Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

This week concludes our countdown of St David’s favorite hymns; as in the last several weeks, I invite you to read notes pertaining to this hymn – which needs little introduction! – written when another by the same author, John … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

For notes on ‘Be thou my vision’, this week’s installment in St David’s favorite hymns countdown, please see the entry for 26 July, the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost. Use this link (timestamp 10:00) to see a recording of ‘Be thou … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

For notes on ‘Come, thou fount of every blessing’, this week’s installment in St David’s favorite hymns countdown, please see the entry for the second Sunday after Pentecost. Watch the June 14, 2020 service on our YouTube page and navigate … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

For notes on ‘Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!’, this week’s installment in St David’s favorite hymns countdown, please see the entry for Sunday 7 June, Trinity Sunday. Watch the 2020 Trinity Sunday service on our YouTube page (Sequence hymn … Continue reading

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Music Notes | Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Favorite hymn no. 5 The culmination of Evening Prayer every day of the year is the singing of the Song of Mary (Luke 1.46–55). A special series of antiphons (short text sung before and after, pointing out some particular theme … Continue reading

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