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The Parish Church of Sarum St. Martin - Hymns and Voluntaries

During the periods of lockdown in 2020 and 2021, Robert Fielding, Director of Music at SSM, provided music that could be used for private worship by parishioners unable to attend services at church.

Advent Sunday

Opening Organ Voluntary

Nun komm der heiden heiland  BWV 659 - J.S.Bach

Bach’s hauntingly beautiful setting of this Advent chorale with its highly decorated melody and purposeful bass line opens up the start of Advent for us and the first music of the new Church year.

Recorded by Robert last Tuesday at home using Hauptwerk software and a digital set of the 1732 Andreas Silbermann organ in the church of St. Maurice, Ebersmunster, Alsace, France.

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Nun komm BWV 659

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Vigilate - William Byrd

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Wachet auf BWV 645

   

Choral Music

Vigilate - William Byrd

Recorded in SSM by The St Martin Singers, Sunday 8th December 2019

Vigilate, nescitis enim quando dominus domus veniat,
sero, an media nocte, an gallicantu, an mane.
Vigilate ergo, ne cum venerit repente, inveniat vos dormientes.
Quod autem dico vobis, omnibus dico: vigilate.
(Mark 13: 35-37)

Watch ye therefore (for you know not when the lord of the house cometh,
at even, or at midnight, or at the cock crowing, or in the morning):
Watch therefore, lest coming on a sudden, he find you sleeping.
And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch.

1589 in Cantiones Sacrae I, no. 16

Closing Organ Voluntary

Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme BWV 645 – J.S. Bach

Probably the most played piece of organ music during Advent! This is an arrangement by Bach of one of his Cantata movements and published as one of the so-called Schübler collection. Apparently the melody was used every morning to wake the citizens of Leipzig(?) by the town trumpeter from a high tower. ‘Wake O wake with tidings thrilling!’

Recorded by Robert at home using Hauptwerk software and a digital set of Hereford Cathedral. To keep the file shorter, the repeat was omitted.

1st Sun after Epiphany – Baptism of The Lord

Communion Voluntary

Communion from L’Orgue Mystique 8Charles Tournemire

This is movement four from the suite for the first week after the Epiphany. Spiritual tonality for those meditating this week!

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Communion from L’Orgue Mystique 8

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Epilogue on ‘Dix’

Closing Organ Voluntary

Epilogue on ‘Dix’William H. Harris

A jaunty closing voluntary cloaking the Epiphany hymn tune ‘Dix’ which we normally sing to the words of the hymn, ‘As with gladness men of old’. Recorded at home this week, using a digital recording of the organ pipes in Hereford Cathedral.

Note: These recordings are at their best when listened to through a good set of headphones.

Ordinary Time 2

Hymn: Breath on me breath of God (NEH 342)

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Arietta – Alan Viner

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Breath on me breath of God

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Sortie – Richard Lloyd

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Berceuse – Louis Vierne

Opening Voluntary

Arietta – Alan Viner (b.1951)

A lovely melody from a former Director of Music in Shrewsbury.

Communion Voluntary

Berceuse – Louis Vierne

A well-known piece which suits the string and flute stops of our wonderful Hill organ in St. Martin’s.

Closing Organ Voluntary

Sortie – Richard Lloyd (b.1933)

Richard Lloyd was Assistant Organist at Salisbury Cathedral and went on to be Organist at Hereford and Durham Cathedrals. This piece will enliven your morning!

The hymn and all three voluntaries were recorded by Robert at services in St. Martin’s Church.

Ordinary Time 3

Hymn: We have a gospel to proclaim (NEH 486)

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We have a gospel to proclaim

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Vater unser im Himmelreich

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Praeludium in C BuxWV 138

   

Opening Voluntary

Vater unser im Himmelreich – Georg Böhm

A beautiful and highly ornamented prelude on the German melody associated with the words of the Lord’s Prayer.

Hymn

NEH 486 ‘We have a gospel to proclaim’

Descant by Alan Harwood.

Closing Organ Voluntary

Praeludium in C BuxWV138 – Dietrich Buxtehude

Typically quirky and vivacious writing from a composer who never fails to uplift the spirit!

The voluntaries were recorded by Robert at a service in St. Martin’s Church, 18th October 2020.
This uplifting hymn (loosely appropriate for the Conversion of St Paul tomorrow – v.1 line 2), was recorded in St Martin’s at the annual service that remembers the life of Alan Harwood. In normal times, the choir Cantores Sanctis Diebus ('Singers on Holy Days' or 'Holiday Singers'), leads this service, directed by Nick Hale.

Ordinary Time 4 (Candlemas)

Hymn: Glenfinlas (NEH 44)

 

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Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin

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Glenfinlas (NEH 44)

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Herr Gott, nun schleuß den Himmel auf

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Aria - David Coram

Opening Voluntary

Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin BWV 616 (With peace and joy I now depart)

Simeon may be heard in the pedal part making his peaceful way through the Temple after seeing his salvation in the person of Jesus.

Hymn

NEH 44 ‘GLENFINLAS’ by Kenneth Finlay 1882-1974

(Text based on the New English Bible translation of the Nunc dimittis, Luke 2.29-32)

Faithful vigil ended,
Watching, waiting cease;
Master, grant thy servant
His discharge in peace.

All thy Spirit promised,
All the Father willed;
Now these eyes behold it
Perfectly fulfilled.

This thy great deliverance
Sets thy people free;
Christ, their light, uplifted
All the nations see.

Christ, thy people's glory!
Watching, doubting, cease:
Grant to us thy servants
Our discharge in peace.

Timothy Dudley-Smith

Closing Organ Voluntary

Herr Gott, nun schleuß den Himmel auf  BWV 1092 – J.S. Bach (Lord God, now open wide thy heaven, my parting hour is near)

This chorale prelude is from the Neumeister Collection. In fantasia style, the work ends with bravura figuration, perhaps symbolic of Simeon’s joyful ‘departure’?  Both voluntaries were recorded by Robert on a digital representation of the 1732 Andreas Silbermann organ in Ebersmunster in Alsace, France.

Coda (for those of us who knew David Coram)

Aria - David Coram (1976-2019)

This piece was improvised by David on the organ in Romsey Abbey on New Year’s Eve, 2006. The Aria is one movement of a nine-movement improvisation entitled ‘Requiem’ which David recorded.
I transcribed this beautiful piece from the CD recording that David gave me and recorded it in 2019. It was David’s year’s mind on the 25th January

Ordinary Time 5

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Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier BWV 633_4

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Kyrie and Gloria - Overbury

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RCF plays 'Christ der du bist' vii BWV 766 - J.S. Bach

Opening Voluntary

Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier  BWV 633 – J.S. Bach (Dearest Jesu, we are here at your word)

One of two settings of this beloved melody in the Orgelbüchlein and so obviously a favourite of Bach’s from the amount of tender care poured into the confines of such a small work; only ten bars of music (each sequence of five repeated), yet such a statement of faith!

Kyrie and Gloria - Michael Overbury

With only two Sundays before we enter the season of Lent, I thought that you might like to enjoy singing a setting of the Gloria in excelsis Deo!

Closing Organ Voluntary

Final variation of Partita: Christ, der du bist der helle Tag  BWV 766 - J.S. Bach (Christ, you are the bright day – Albeus 1556)

Based on ‘Christe qui lux es et dies’ (O Christ, who art the Light and Day), NEH 61.

Gospel Acclamation for today:

Alleluia, alleluia.

I am the light of the world, says the Lord,
anyone who follows me
will have the light of light.

Alleluia!

Ordinary Time 6

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Chorale Prelude 'Ubi caritas

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Darke in F Kyrie

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Darke in F Gloria

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Darke in F Sanctus & Benedictus

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The Strong Tower Postlude

 

Opening Voluntary

Chorale Prelude on Ubi caritas (Ricercare) – Jeanne Demessieux (Where charity and love are, God is there)

Jeanne Demessieux was born on the 13th February 1921. Sensitive writing creating a lovingly crafted meditation on this plainchant melody; played by the feet and adorned by enriched harmonies. Appropriate sentiments for the day!

Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus & Benedictus - Communion Service in F by Harold Darke

Recordings made in St Martin’s on Trinity Sunday, 2019.
Singers: Lucy Bradwell, Kate Fielding, Sam Hunt and Andrew Robson, Organist RCF.

Closing Organ Voluntary

The Strong Tower Postlude – Matthias Nagel Eine feste Burg ist unser Gott. (A mighty fortress is our God)

A bit of fun for the last Sunday before Ash Wednesday!

The Entrance Antiphon for today (Sunday Missal):

Be my protector, O God,
a mighty stronghold to save me. For you are my rock, my stronghold!
Lead me, guide me,
for the sake of your name.

Ash Wednesday

Hymn: Lord Jesus think on me (NEH 70)

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Ich ruf zu dir - J.S. Bach

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Merbecke Kyrie

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Merbecke Sanctus

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Merbecke Agnus

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Lord Jesus think on me

 

Organ Voluntary

Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu ChristBWV639 - J.S. Bach (I cry to thee Lord Jesus Christ’ or ‘Lord, hear the voice of my complaint)

One of Bach’s most personal settings from the Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ Book), in which, towards the end,  we hear the prayer of the title portrayed in the accompanying semiquavers, rising up to join the pitch of the chorale melody. Recorded in St. Martin’s on Ash Wednesday 2020.

Kyrie, Sanctus, Agnus Dei – Merbecke

For use tonight and during the penitential season of Lent.
Recorded in SSM on the 18th October 2020 with cantor Sam Hunt and RCF.

Hymn

Lord Jesus think on me’ - NEH 70


Lent 1

Hymn: All ye who seek a comfort sure (NEH 63)

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Méditation - Maurice Duruflé

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All ye who seek a comfort sure

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In dich hab ich gehoffet

   

Organ Voluntary

Méditation - Maurice Duruflé

Based on themes from the Agnus Dei in Duruflé’s Messe Cum Jubilo. If you would like to listen to the Agnus Dei, click here.

Hymn

All ye who seek a comfort sure - NEH 63

Don’t forget that you can also use the Merbecke recordings posted on Ash Wednesday during Lent if you need a Kyrie, Sanctus or Agnus Dei.

Closing Organ Voluntary

In dich hab ich gehoffet, Herr BWV 640 – J.S. Bach (In thee, O Lord have I put my trust, - v.1, Psalm 31)

Throughout this Lenten chorale prelude, Bach repeatedly uses a tiny three-note pattern (figura), called an anapest which is generally thought to represent gladness, joy or constancy. Numerology is always present in Bach’s sacred works and here he has 13 pedal entries (Psalm 31 reversed) and 8 double anapests (the little pattern occurring together in two parts). Verse 8 of Psalm 31 begins ‘I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy’.

Organs used: Duruflé /Caen, Hymn 63/SSM, Bach/Ebersmunster.


Lent 2

Hymn: Jesu, Lord and life of glory (NEH 68)

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Attende Domine 2020

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Attende Domine 2021

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Jesu, Lord and life of glory

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Berceuse - Pierre Cochereau

 

 

Organ Voluntary

Attende, Domine - Jeanne Demessieux (1921-1968) (Hear us O Lord, have mercy upon us)

The response melody from the Lent Prose that is being sung at the start of Mass during Lent is here clothed in sumptuous harmony. The final section features a canon between left hand and pedal with the verse melody of the Lent Prose sounding above. The work closes with a peaceful unfolding cadence. I have put two recordings here today, one live from St Martin's last year and one recently recorded from home. See if you can tell the difference!

Hymn

Jesu, Lord and life of glory - NEH 68

Closing Voluntary

Berceuse à la mémoire de Louis Vierne - Pierre Cochereau

This piece began life as a live improvisation by the maître Pierre Cochereau at Notre-Dame, Paris and recorded by Philips in May 1973. It has recently been 'reconstitutueé' (written out from the recording), by Frédéric Blanc. It was a homage to Louis Vierne and develops the well-known theme of 'Berceuse' by Vierne. The section at 5'32" is particularly haunting. Blanc's transcription requires the use of a third hand 'relai 3e main' in the final passages (kindly provided by Kate). I recorded this last week using the digitised version of the Grande Orgue in S. Etienne Abbey, Caen.


Lent 3

Hymn: Father of heaven, whose love profound (NEH 358)

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Pastorale (Idyll)

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Father of heaven, whose love profound

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Wer nur den lieben

   

Opening Voluntary

Pastorale (Idyll) – Heathcote Statham

A very English style which puts me in mind of Delius, Finzi and Sumsion.

Hymn

Father of heaven, whose love profound - NEH 358

Closing Voluntary

Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten BWV642 – J.S. Bach

‘If thou but suffer God to guide you,
and hope in him through all his ways;
He’ll give you strength and bear you through (these) evil days.
Who trusts in God’s unchanging love,
builds on a rock that nought can move.’


Lent 4

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Prélude à l’Introït

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Offertoire

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Élévation

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Communion

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Pièce Terminale

   

Suite No 15 - Laetare op.56 - Charles Tournemire

i.  Prélude à l’Introït,
ii.  Offertoire
iii. Élévation
iv. Communion
v.  Pièce Terminale, Postlude-Fantaisie

There are five movements for you here today from this gentle setting for the Sunday of Laetare (or Mothering Sunday), so called because of the incipit of the Introit at Mass Laetare Jerusalem, (Rejoice, O Jerusalem). Although the fourth Sunday in Lent, the Church relaxes a little and the organ may be used. On this Sunday, servants visited their mothers; rose coloured vestments may be used and flowers for the altars. It is a day of hope with Easter at last in sight. Some of Tournemire’s most exquisite writing adorns the shorter movements whilst in the final Postlude - Fantaisie, distant Easter bells may be heard before an insistent repeated quaver figure returns reminding us of our preparations for the Passion! Recorded at home on my Caen organ in 2016 and available on Amazon as a CD! See here

A note on L’Orgue Mystique - Charles Tournemire

Charles Tournemire began work on his large-scale set of 51 suites for organ in 1927 after many years improvising at the weekly Mass upon the chant propers used at St. Clothilde, Paris. Beginning with the suites for Easter and Christmas, Tournemire began to present an eschatological portrayal of the mystery of redemption as it unfolds in the liturgical calendar. There followed suites for the feast of the Immaculate Conception and Pentecost.

Each suite of movements intends to meditate on the liturgy and its texts and uses a unique combination of modal and chromatic harmony, representing the creator God and humankind. Each suite has five movements (excepting Holy Saturday), entitled Prélude à l’Introït, Offertoire, Élévation, Communion and Pièce Terminale which normally has a specific title. The 51 suites are divided into three cycles:  Christmas, Easter and Pentecost. As the organ was not normally used during Advent or Lent, there are no suites for those Sundays.

The movements are based on one or several plainchant melodies. The Introit, Offertorio and Communio propers for Mass are used. An antiphon from Vespers is used for the third movement and the final movements use various chants from the day, hymn melodies and other recurring themes taken from the liturgical year.

Tournemire drew heavily for inspiration from the fifteen volume work,  L’Année Liturgique by the first Abbott of Solemnes, Dom Prosper Guéranger. These volumes had been a gift from Joseph Bonnet who suggested that there was a need for a collection of works for the liturgical year based on Gregorian chant.


Lent 5

Hymn: O Word immortal of eternal God (NEH 303)

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Adagio de la 3e. Symphonie

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O Word immortal of eternal God

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Ach wie nichtig, ach wie flügtich

Organ Voluntary

Adagio de la 3e. Symphonie (The Organ Symphony) - Saint-Saëns

Communion Hymn

O Word immortal of eternal Gody - NEH 303

Closing Voluntary

Ach wie nichtig, ach wie flügtich ist der Menschen Leben! BWV644 – J.S. Bach
(O how empty, oh how fleeting is our earthly being!)

The final chorale prelude that Bach wrote in his Orgelbüchlein. He had planned another twenty seven preludes before and  five preludes after this and written staves and titles for them in his manuscript! The continuous running scales are thought to represent the fleeting nature of our lives, likened to a mist in wintry weather.


Maundy Thursday

Hymn: Lord Jesus, think on me (NEH 70)

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Thine be the glory!

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Attende Domine - Demessieux

Voluntary

Attende, Domine - Jeanne Demessieux (1921-1968)
‘Hear us O Lord, have mercy upon us.’
A pupil of Dupré and organist at La Madeleine, Paris, Jeanne Demessieux had a prodigious memory (c.2,500 works!). The response melody from the Lent Prose that is normally sung at the start of Mass during Lent is here clothed in sumptuous harmony. The final section features a canon between left hand and pedal with the verse melody of the Lent Prose sounding above. The work closes with a peaceful unfolding cadence. 

Good Friday

Hymn: All ye who seek a comfort sure (NEH 63)

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All ye who seek a comfort sure

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Popule Meus - Sarum St Martin's

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Ich ruf zu dir - J.S. Bach

   

Motet
Popule meus - T.L. de Victoria (1548-1611)

Improperia or Reproaches

My people, what have I done to you? How have I offended you? Answer me!
I led you out of Egypt, from slavery to freedom, but you led your Saviour to the cross.
Holy is God! Holy and strong!
Holy immortal One, have mercy on us.

Produced by Sam Hunt, a member of the SSM choir, this recording has been put together from contributions offered by our singers at home using phones and laptops to record their parts. Traditionally sung on Good Friday afternoon, this penitential work expresses the remonstrance of Christ with his people and uses texts in Latin and Greek (and here the plainchant verses in English).

Voluntary

Ich ruf zu dir BWV639 - J.S. Bach
‘‘I cry to thee Lord Jesus Christ’ or ‘Lord, hear the voice of my complaint’.
One of Bach’s most personal settings from the Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ Book), in which we can hear the prayer of the title portrayed as the accompanying semiquavers rise above to join the pitch of the chorale melody.  Both hymn and voluntary were recorded in St. Martin’s earlier this year.

Holy Saturday

Hymn: With Christ we share a mystic grave (NEH 317)

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With Christ we share a mystic grave

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Herzlich tut - Brahms

Voluntary

Herzlich tut mich verlangen op.122 no.10 - J. Brahms

‘I do desire dearly a blessed end.’

Brahms set this chorale twice in his set of eleven works based on German chorale melodies. These were the last works he would write in 1896. The melody was originally a secular love song written around 1600 by Hassler! It is more commonly known as the melody for the Passiontide hymn, ‘O sacred head, sore wounded’ (NEH 90).    

Easter Sunday

Hymn: Thine be the glory!

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Easter Processions

Voluntary

Chorale Prelude: Christ ist erstanden v.1 BWV 627 - J.S. Bach

The recording included here has been made by the organist Graham Eccles on his home practice organ especially for the BBC. Either record your vocal contribution (follow online instructions), or sing along on Sunday morning or just listen in anytime using BBC iPlayer.

Voluntary

Easter Processions – David Coram (1976-2019)
This piece was improvised by David Coram on the organ in Romsey Abbey on New Year’s Eve, 2006. It is the third movement of a nine-movement improvisation entitled ‘Requiem’. The recording was given to Robert and he has transcribed the work and made a recording of his own. The title ‘Easter Processions’ has been adopted by Robert. The piece is joyful from the start and features a dialogue for two trumpets which work towards a triumphant fanfare for full organ, followed by a reflective ending and a quote from the Easter chant, Victimae Paschali.    

 

Easter 2

Hymn: Now is eternal life (NEH 114)

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Now is eternal life

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Christ ist erstanden chorale & v.1

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Chorale Prelude: Christ ist erstanden v.1 BWV 627 - J.S. Bach

Christ is risen
from all his torments,
we should all be joyful at this,
Christ wants to be our consolation.
Lord have mercy.

Bach sets three verses of this Easter chorale in The Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ Book). You will hear one of his harmonisations of the chorale followed this week by the first verse. This is a bold, victorious setting with the chorale melody in the top part accompanied by repeated ostinato figures in the pedal and inner parts. Each verse of the chorale ends with words from the Kyrie eleison

Easter 3

Hymn: Hail thee, Festival Day! (NEH 109)

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Hail thee, Festival Day!

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Christ ist erstanden, verse 2 - J.S. Bach

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The Angelus

   

The Angelus
Led by Fr. David and sung by you!

Voluntary

Chorale Prelude: Christ ist erstanden v.2 BWV 627 - J.S. Bach

If he were not risen,
then the world would be lost.
Since he is risen,
we praise the father of Jesus Christ.
Lord have mercy

The second of the three verses of this Easter chorale set by Bach in The Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ Book).  Bach includes ten rising-scale figures (figura),  in this setting which are thought to represent the 10 disciples remaining after the resurrection.

Easter 4

Hymn: The Lord is ris’n indeed! (NEH 118)

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The Lord is ris’n indeed! 

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Regina Coeli

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Christ ist erstanden v.3

   

The Regina Coeli

Joy to thee, O Queen of heaven, alleluia:
He who thou was meet to bear, alleluia:
He has risen as he said, alleluia:
Pour for us to God thy prayer, alleluia!


V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
R. For the Lord is Risen indeed, alleluia.

Priest:   Let us pray.
O God, who by the Resurrection of thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
didst vouchsafe to give joy to the whole world:
we beseech thee, that through the intercession of his Mother, the Virgin Mary,
we may obtain the joys of everlasting life.
through the same Christ our Lord.

People: Amen.

Sung in place of the Angelus during the season of Easter and attributed to Saint Gregory who is said to have heard angels singing the first three lines while he was taking part in a procession in Rome. He added the fourth line later. This translation fits with the hymn tune EASTER HYMN (NEH 110), used at St. Martin’s. https://hymnary.org/hymn/NEH1985/110

Voluntary

Chorale Prelude: Christ ist erstanden v.3 BWV 627 - J.S. Bach

Alleluia,
alleluia, alleluia!
We should all be joyful at this,
Christ wants to be a consolation.
Lord have mercy

The final verse of three from this Easter chorale prelude, set by Bach in The Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ Book).  Bach writes a pedal part that suggests Christ stamping down the power of death in his ‘harrowing of hell’.

Easter 5

Hymn: ‘Love’s redeeming work is done’ (NEH 113)

Recorded in SSM on 19th May 2019

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Love’s redeeming work is done’

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Kyrie and Gloria - Overbury

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O Filii - Demessieux

   

Kyrie & Gloria (Overbury) - recorded in SSM on 19th May 2019

Voluntary

O Filii - Variations composed by Jeanne Demessieux

An imaginative and colourful set of short variations on this well-known 17th century Easter melody used for the words of hymn 125 in the NEH ‘O sons and daughters of the King’.

Easter 6

Hymn: A brighter dawn is breaking
(NEH 102) n.b. verse 4!

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A brighter dawn is breaking

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BWV 625 and 628

Click here for the Michael Overbury Kyrie and Gloria (10th May)

Psalm 65 (Fielding) - please click to download the Psalm for Easter 6.

Click here for the Regina Coeli (3rd May) or The Angelus (26th April)

Voluntary

Christ lag in Todesbanden BWV 625 & Erstanden ist der heilge Christ BWV 628 - J.S. Bach

Two Easter chorale preludes from the Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ Book). The first ('Christ lay in death’s dark prison, it was our sins that bound him' – Luther), has been described by Dupré as representing ‘the descent by the holy woman step by step, down to the holy tomb’. The second ('Risen is the Holy Christ') represents what Mary Magdalene discovered when she arrived!

Easter 7

Hymn: Hail thee festival day (NEH 109 - Ascension verses)  

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Hail thee festival day

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Mendelssohn Sonata VI Allegro

Voluntary

Allegro from Sonata VI – Felix Mendelssohn

This Sonata is a set of variations on the chorale melody ‘Vater unser im Himmelreich’ (The Lord’s Prayer). Mendelssohn was himself an accomplished organist and a great influence on his generation, especially in promoting the organ works of J.S. Bach. Recorded last year on the digital realization of Hereford Cathedral for a CD of English Organ Works.

Ascension Day

Hymn: The head that once was crowned with thorns (NEH 134)

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The head that once was crowned with thorns

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Heut triumphieret BWV 630

The head that once was crowned with thorns (NEH 134).
Recorded in St. Martin’s on Ascension Day last year.
Not a high quality recording but good to hear our congregation singing together!

Voluntary

Heut triumphieret Gottes Sohn BWV 630 - J.S. Bach

(Today God’s Son triumphs, Hallelujah!)
This bold festive chorale, from Bach’s Orgelbüchlein, is associated with Easter and Ascensiontide.  It uses a four-bar passacaglia bass in the pedals until the final three bars which explode in a final Hallelujah! Recorded by me at home using Hauptwerk software and a 1732 Andreas Silbermann organ in the church of St. Maurice, Ebersmunster, Alsace, France.

Pentecost Sunday

Opening Voluntary

The Lark Ascending - R.V. Williams arr. Fielding

At the close of Ascentiontide, a peaceful English pastoral moment set against preparations for Mass in St. Martins; 2nd June 2019.

Hymn: Breath on me breath of God (NEH 342)

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The Lark Ascending

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Breath on me breath of God

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Komm Gott Schöpfer, Heiliger Geist BWV 667

Both hymn and voluntary were recorded last year on Pentecost Sunday, the 9th June, in St. Martin's.

Voluntary

Komm Gott Schöpfer, Heiliger Geist BWV 667 - J.S. Bach 

Bach used the first section of this Pentecost chorale prelude in both the Orgelbüchlein and the so-called collection 'the 18' where he provided an extension featuring a bold pedal statement of the chorale melody. This is played on our forthright pedal trombone which was installed during the time of dear Alan Harwood RIP. This is exactly the sort of piece he wanted this stop for!

Trinity Sunday

Opening Voluntary (Click here for Note on L’Orgue Mystique)

Communion - L'Orgue Mystique 26 (In Festo Ss. Trinitatis) - Tournemire

Hymn: Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty! (NEH 146)

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Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!

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Darke in F Agnus Dei

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Darke in F Gloria

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Darke in F Kyrie

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Darke in F Sanctus & Benedictus

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L'Orgue Mystique, 26iv Communion (Trinity)

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L'Orgue Mystique, 26v Triptique (Trinity)

Communion Service in F by Harold Darke
Recorded in St. Martin’s, Trinity Sunday 2019.
Kyrie – Gloria – Sanctus & Benedictus – Agnus Dei

Closing Voluntary

Triptique - L'Orgue Mystique 26 (In Festo Ss. Trinitatis) - Tournemire

The fourth movement from this suite for the feast of the Blessed Trinity (Communion), refers to parts of the chant used for Communion, Benedicimus Deum. The final movement uses the opening of the 2nd Vespers hymn Iam sol recedit (also used for the hymn at Lauds, Tu Trinitas Unitas. It begins with bold statements in the left-hand and pedals accompanied by toccata figuration and marked fff. This movement requires the player to reduce the organ gradually to end with a reference to the Te Deum laudamus chant played on a single Cor de nuit solo on the Recit.

Corpus Christi

Opening Voluntary

Chorale Prelude on Gibbons Song 24 (NEH 303) - Healey Willan
This quiet voluntary sets today’s Communion hymn tune by Gibbons, often sung at St. Martin’s.

Hymn: O word immortal of eternal God (NEH 303)

(Last line sings as, ‘And with th’eternal Father glorified.’)

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O word immortal of eternal God

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Willan Song 24

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Tantum ergo - de Severac

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L'Orgue Mystique, 27v Fantaisie Paraphrase (Corpus Christi)

Motet – Tantum ergo by Déodat de Séverac
Tantum ergo comprises the last two verses of the Eucharistic hymn Pange lingua by Thomas Aquinas (13th cent.).

Therefore so great a Sacrament
Let us fall down and worship,
And let the old law
Give way to a new rite, and let faith stand forward
To make good the defects of sense.

To the Father and the Son
Be praise and joy,
Health, honour and virtue and blessing,
And to him proceeding from both
Be equal praise. Amen.

Closing Voluntary

Fantaisie Paraphrase - L'Orgue Mystique 27 (In Festo Corporis Christi) – Charles Tournemire

The extensive final movement of Suite 27 for the feast of Corpus Christi, uses the familiar but slightly different ’Pange lingua’ chant which appears in figuration and pedal cantus firmus and ends with a resounding quotation of the ‘Te Deum’ chant - We praise Thee O Lord!

Ordinary Time 11 - Feast of the Sacred Heart

Opening Voluntary

Offertoire - L'Orgue Mystique 28ii (Sacred Heart) – Tournemire

Hymn: Father of heaven, whose love profound (NEH 358ii)

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L'Orguse Mystique, 28ii Offertoire (Sacred Heart)

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Father of heaven, whose love profound

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L'Orgue Mystique, 28v Prelude et Fresque (Sacred Heart)

Closing Voluntary

Prelude et Fresque - L'Orgue Mystique 28v (Sacred Heart) - Tournemire

L’Orgue Mystique No 28 - Sacratissimi Cordis Jesu (Le Sacré-Coeur de Jésus) op.57. As you would expect, this suite for the feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, includes some of Tournemire’s most poignant writing. The luxurious use of all available 8 foot bourdons, flutes, strings and the Unda Maris on all three manuals in the slow Offertoire second movement add to the appeal and beauty of this meditation in sound, using the pre-1929 chant Benedic anima. The gentle final movement with its unusual title, Prélude et Fresque (fresco), contains ethereal sections for the flutes and rich harmonies in opening and closing chorale sections. The movement is based on the Easter psalm chant Venite, exsultemus and Vespers hymn Auctor beate saeculi. Both movements have been recorded by Robert at home using Hauptwerk software.

Ordinary Time 12

Opening Voluntary

Offertoire - L'Orgue Mystique 28ii (Sacred Heart) – Tournemire

Hymn: Father of heaven, whose love profound (NEH 358ii)

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L'Orguse Mystique, 28ii Offertoire (Sacred Heart)

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Father of heaven, whose love profound

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L'Orgue Mystique, 28v Prelude et Fresque (Sacred Heart)

Closing Voluntary

Prelude et Fresque - L'Orgue Mystique 28v (Sacred Heart) - Tournemire

L’Orgue Mystique No 28 - Sacratissimi Cordis Jesu (Le Sacré-Coeur de Jésus) op.57. As you would expect, this suite for the feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, includes some of Tournemire’s most poignant writing. The luxurious use of all available 8 foot bourdons, flutes, strings and the Unda Maris on all three manuals in the slow Offertoire second movement add to the appeal and beauty of this meditation in sound, using the pre-1929 chant Benedic anima. The gentle final movement with its unusual title, Prélude et Fresque (fresco), contains ethereal sections for the flutes and rich harmonies in opening and closing chorale sections. The movement is based on the Easter psalm chant Venite, exsultemus and Vespers hymn Auctor beate saeculi. Both movements have been recorded by Robert at home using Hauptwerk software.

Ordinary Time 13 - SS. Peter & Paul

Opening Voluntary

Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten BWV642 – J.S. Bach

Another masterful composition from Bach’s Orgelbüchlein.
This translation of verse 1 will answer your question, ‘why chosen for today?’
‘If thou but suffer God to guide you,
and hope in him through all his ways;
He’ll give you strength and bear you through (these) evil days.
Who trusts in God’s unchanging love,
builds on the rock that nought can move.’

Hymn: With golden splendour (NEH 171)

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(The penultimate syllable of every line is sung to two notes using a dotted rhythm.)
This hymn is a translation (Lacey), of a 6th century Latin text. With a metre of 12 12 12 12 (twelve syllables to each line), it has only one tune in the NEH that fits, ANNUE CHRISTE, a melody from La Feillée’s Méthode du plain-chant, 1782.

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With golden splendour

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Wer nur den lieben - Bach

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Tus es Petrus - Demessieux

   

Closing Voluntary

Tu es Petrus (Marcia) – Jeanne Demessieux (1921-1968)

A pupil of Dupré and organist at La Madeleine, Paris, the highly-talented Jeanne Demessieux had a prodigious memory (c.2,500 works!). Sadly, she died young suffering from throat cancer. This short but punchy choral prelude features the chant melody Tu es Petrus, repeated at different pitches in the pedal and scored for full organ! Maybe an interpretation of the character of S. Peter? It is taken from the set of Twelve Choral Preludes on Gregorian Chant Themes (1947).

Ordinary Time 14

For those who are unable to attend permitted worship today, I have provided an uplifting hymn and set of voluntaries.

Opening Voluntary

Cantilène – Leonce de Saint-Martin

Hymn: A brighter dawn is breaking (NEH 102)

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Cantilene - Leonce de Saint-Martin

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A brighter dawn is breaking

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Carillon - Leonce de Saint-Martin

   

Closing Voluntary

Carillon – Leonce de Saint-Martin

Both voluntaries are movements from Saint-Martin’s ‘Suite Cyclique’ (so-called because themes occur throughout the work). Written in 1930, the work is not often heard but is immediately attractive. The Cantilène makes much of singing themes heard quietly on a flute with tremulant and then later on, played on a 4’ reed in the pedal. The Carillon belts forth the theme and bells are heard tolling and ringing joyously in a French style! This was meant to be a voluntary for Easter Day but we were in lock-down. Now, when worship begins today again at St. Martin’s, this piece celebrates this small step towards what we hope to be normal times. 

Ordinary Time 15 - In memoriam Alan Harwood

Opening Voluntary

Tierce en Taille et Récit de Chromhorne (Suite Évocatrice ii) – Charles Tournemire

Tournemire wrote his Suite Évocatrice (1938), in a neo-classical style, celebrating the Classical French Organ styles of the 18th century. This is also reflected in his titles which use names of organ stops.

Hymn: ‘Here, O my Lord, I see thee face to face’
(EH 312, AMR 414 and HAMNS 274)

Tune: Amesbury by Alan Harwood

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Suite Evocatrice II. Tierce en Taille et Recit de Chromhorne - Tournemire

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Amesbury by Alan Harwood

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God be in my head - Nicholas Hale

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Flourish for an Occasion – William Harris

Motet:

God be in my head – Nick Hale

Both the hymn and the motet were recorded last year in St. Martin’s and sung by CSD, directed by Nick Hale.

Closing Voluntary

Flourish for an Occasion – William Harris

I played this for Alan’s memorial service last year and subsequently made a recording of it at home on the digitised Hereford Cathedral set.

Thanks for listening!

Ordinary Time 32nd - Remembrance Sunday

Opening Voluntary

The Lark Ascending – Ralph Vaughan Williams (arr. Fielding)

A peaceful and evocative soundscape of the English countryside, left behind by those fighting in France, including Vaughan Williams.

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The Lark Ascending

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In Memoriam - Mike Rowlands

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Toccata de la Liberation

   

Motet:

In memoriam – Mike Rowland (Soloist Sam Hunt and recorded in St Martin's last year on Remembrance Sunday).

Mike Rowland’s moving setting of the words ‘They shall grow not old’. Mike was a lay-clerk at Peterborough Cathedral under Stanley Vann and more recently at Romsey Abbey. 

Voluntary

Toccata de la Liberation – Leonce de Saint-Martin

Saint-Martin wrote this triumphant piece in Paris during the liberation of August, 1944. Decorated in WW1, he was Organiste Titulaire of Notre-Dame de Paris, succeeding Louis Vierne in 1937. The piece was not performed at the celebratory 'Te Deum' which General De Gaulle attended and which was intended as a thanksgiving service for the liberation of Paris. The service was interrupted by 'friendly' gunfire and the tribune was not safe. From Saint-Martin's journal: 26 August 1944: Te Deum planned at Notre-Dame for 16.30. General De Gaulle arrived at 16.10. The clergy were not there to receive him (the Cardinal, held prisoner, was released at 18:00. The bells and the organ were mute; the power had been cut. Machine gun fire upon the General's arrival. I could not get back to my post.

'In fact, the shots were aimed at no-one, but were fired horizontally from the east end of the Cathedral to the west; eighteen bullets hit the façade pipes of the Grand organ, whilst another pierced the balustrade of the organ tribune. Having taken cover, Saint-Martin was not allowed back to the organ for his own safety. In the end it was not possible for him to play as the electricity to the west end of the Cathedral was not restored.'

When Victory in Europe' was celebrated on the 9th May, 1945, again with a Te Deum in Notre-Dame, Leonce was at the grand-orgue and finished the service, not with his own toccata but with one in F major by Widor! He played the liberation toccata at a recital he gave at Westminster Cathedral in 1954.  

Ordinary Time 33rd - S. Martinus

Opening Voluntary

Larghetto in F sharp minor – S.S. Wesley

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Larghetto in F sharp minor

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Martinus Abrahae

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Fantaisie

Motet:

Martinus Abrahae - Cristóbal de Morales

Martinus Abrahae sinu laetus excipitur Martinus,
hic pauper et modicus, coelum dives ingreditur,
hymnis coelestibus honoratur.

Martin is received with joy into Abraham’s bosom;
Martin, here poor and inconsiderable, enters heaven rich,
and is honoured with celestial hymns.

(Recorded in SSM on St Martin’s Day 2019.)

Closing Voluntary

Fantaisie - Robert Fielding

This piece was finished on the 8th of October this year; Louis Vierne’s 150th anniversary of his birth. It is dedicated to our late and much valued friend, Stephen Cooke who tragically died on the same day. His cremation took place earlier this week. May his soul rest in peace and rise in glory. Please remember him in your prayers

Ordinary Time 34th

Opening Organ Voluntary

1. Grave (Suite Évocatrice) – Charles Tournemire

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Grave (Suite Evocatrice)

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Merbecke Agnus

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V. Caprice (Suite Évocatrice)

   

Choral Music

Agnus Dei – Merbecke

Recorded recently by Sam Hunt in SSM before our second ‘lock-down’.

Closing Organ Voluntary

V. Caprice (Suite Évocatrice) – Charles Tournemire

This five-movement Suite is written in a neo-classical style and celebrates Classical French organ styles using stop combinations for titles as common in c18 Paris, ‘in the spirit of the ancient French style of the organ’. The work is dedicated to Paul Brunold who was organist at the Couperin family church of Saint Gervais, Paris. Written in 1938 as op.74, this was a late work; Tournemire died in mysterious circumstances a year later in 1939. Both movements were recorded by Robert, at home, earlier this year.

 
   

A PRAYER FOR OUR PARISH

Almighty God, you have made us members of Christ and of his Church in this parish. May we as a congregation reach upwards to your throne in worship and adoration: inwards to one another in understanding and fellowship; and outwards to the world in evangelism and social compassion. Make us like a city set on a hill whose light cannot be hidden, so that men and women may find Christ as the Light of the World, and his Church as the family of the redeemed, and eternal life as the gift of God, through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen.

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