Featured Choral Evensong from Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Clement of Alexandria, Priest, c. 210
This week’s featured Choral Evensong was sung by the men of the Cathedral Choir on Dec. 5, 2018 (the men usually sing Evensong on the Wednesday in December when the sopranos and altos sing the Britten Ceremony of Carols for the noon Brownbag). We commemorated Clement of Alexandria, theologian and philosopher who lived from 150-215 AD. The Rev. Sarah Shoftstall was homilist.
The service begins with the traditional Advent Prose (Drop down, ye heavens) sung from the east transept. The Responses and the psalm were sung to plainsong tones. The evening canticles (Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis) were sung to the unison setting in E-flat by Edward Bairstow (1874-1946), the longtime Organist of England’s York Minster. The anthem is the traditional Spiritual “My Lord, what a morning” in a marvelous arrangement for men’s voices by R. Lee Gilliam (1902-1984).
The Men of the Trinity Cathedral Choir
Todd Wilson, choirmaster; Nicole Keller, organist
Homilist: The Rev. Sarah Shofstall, Trinity Cathedral
Introit –– The Advent Prose Plainsong
Opening Preces Plainsong
Office Hymn #58 ST. THOMAS
Psalm 34:9-14 Plainsong
First Lesson — Colossians 1:11-20
Magnificat Service in E-Flat Edward Bairstow (1874-1946)
Second Lesson — John 6: 57-63
Nunc Dimittis Service in E-Flat Edward Bairstow (1874-1946)
Responses, Lord’s Prayer, and Collects Plainsong
Collect for the Day
Anthem — My Lord, What a Morning arr. R. Lee Gilliam (1902-1984)
Concluding Versicle and Response
Hymn #54 NUN KOMM, DER HEIDEN HEILAND
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