|His birthday is today, Sunday. He advocated US immigration reform,
joined the American Committee for Protection of Foreign Born, was a Red
Cross chaplain during WWI, Professor of Pastoral Theology at Union Theological
Seminary, Professor of Homiletics Theological Seminary, an editor of the
Interpreter's Bible and the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, and
served as priest in three Episcopal Churches.
Who was he? Walter Russell Bowie (1882–1969), who wrote the text for Hymn 598, “Lord Christ, when first thou cam’st to earth” (1928) used in all three services. Bowie was known for his emphasis on the "social gospel."
The hymn tune, Mit Freuden zart, dated in The Hymnal 1529, 1547, and 1566. John Fenstermaker illustrates how the tune was improved on a YouTube video, Theology of Hymns - Episode 3 at 4 min 55 sec into the video. The structure of the rhyming text and the tune is unusual, as you'll see at the bottom right corner of the page: "87.87.887," indicating the number of syllables in each phrase. The double "8" in the last third of the hymn gives added weight to the somber call of the social gospel for us to finish the salvation begun on the Cross.
Sunday, October 8: Pentecost 18 (Proper 22):
Gospel Hymn: (10:15 only): #448: “O love, how deep,
how broad, how high”
Breaking of the Bread: (10:15 only): S 154
Let thy blood in mercy poured,
Thou didst die that I might live;
By the thorns that crowned thy brow,
Wilt thou own the gift I bring?
Communion Hymn: #337: “And now, O Father,
mindful of the love”
Sunday Oct 1
So many people make the beauty of our liturgy possible! For example, from last Sunday's Ministry Fair, here is an excerpt from material prepared by the Altar Guild, one of several groups regularly supporting our worship:
"In the time of Jesus and after him, the young Christian church met in homes and meeting rooms to pray, to teach and learn, and to break bread together.
"But there was a before -- providing food and wine, the plates and goblets to put them in, and setting the table before the women and men gathered. And there was an after -- collecting the leftover food and drink, cleaning the table, washing the plates, cups, and clothes left behind as the believers returned to their world.
"Today, in our glorious Cathedral, it is the Altar Guild who are the before and the after of our Sunday worship services, baptisms, weddings, and funerals, and after congregational and diocesan events centered in liturgy and communion."
Sunday, September 24:
Pentecost 16 (Proper 20):
Our lectionary readings remind us of God’s grace. From Exodus, we learn how God supplied the Israelites in the wilderness, and the Psalm cites the quails in the Exodus story. The Epistle from Philippians addresses the gift of the gospel, and the Gospel passage from Matthew is the parable of the generous landowner.
Appropriate to the lessons, the Gospel Hymn at 10:15 is #470: “There’s a wideness in God’s mercy,” with a text by prolific hymn writer Frederick William Faber (1814-1863), an Anglican who converted to the Roman Church. He was impressed with the hymns of the Wesleys and tried to emulate their “simplicity and intense fervor,” according to Hymnary.org. He was concerned that Catholic hymns of his time failed in their translations to “express Saxon thought and feelings.” Our Hymnal 1982 contains four of Faber’s hymns.
The composer, John Zundel (1815–1882) was Faber’s contemporary, but was born in Germany, studied in Russia, and was hired by famous abolitionist and Congregationalist clergyman Henry Ward Beecher to be music director and organist for Brooklyn’s Plymouth Church, where he served 28 years.
The great hymns enfolded into today’s Episcopal
tradition are existential testimonies from fellow seekers and discoverers,
and this exquisitely simple hymn affirms God’s total embrace.
Voluntary: Andante sostenuto op. 70 no. 2 (Charles-Marie Widor)
Entrance Hymn (10:15): #414: “God, my King, thy might confessing”
Song of Praise:
(8:00): #414: “God, my King, thy might confessing”
(10:15): S 280 (please print the music for this in the leaflet)
Psalm 145: 1-8:
(10:15): sung by the choir; chant by Thomas Atwood
Gospel Hymn: (10:15 only): #470: “There’s a wideness in God’s mercy”
Offertory Anthem: “O God, my King” (John Amner)
O God my King, I will magnify thee and praise thy Name for ever and ever.
Great is the Lord and marvelous worthy to be praised; there is no end of his greatness.
The Lord is gracious and merciful, long-suffering and of great goodness.
My mouth shall speak the praises of the Lord, and
let all flesh give thanks unto his holy Name for ever and ever. Amen. (Psalm
“Holy, holy, holy Lord” (10:15 only): S 125
Breaking of the Bread: (10:15 only): S 154
Communion Anthem: “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree” (Elizabeth Posten)
The tree of life my soul hath seen
His beauty doth all things excel
For happiness I long have sought
I'm weary with my former toil
This fruit does make my soul to thrive
(text by Richard Hutchins)
Communion Hymn: #660: “O Master, let me walk with thee”
Sending Hymn: #655: “O Jesus, I have promised”
Voluntary: Praeludium in G major, BWV 568 (Johann
Same service music as Pentecost 15
Alleluia verse: “For the Lord is a / great God* and a great King over /all the earth.”
Offertory Hymn: #470: “There’s a wideness in God’s mercy”
Sending Hymn: #655: “O Jesus, I have promised”
% Worship Committee note for the Digital Bulletin.
For Sept 17 Digital Bulletin:
The Gospel for Sunday is Matthew 18:21-35, which includes the parable of the master who forgives a slave's debt, but the slave will not forgive the debt of a fellow slave. Appropriate to the Gospel theme, the 10:15 Offertory Anthem is “Remember not, Lord, our offenses."
The text is by Thomas Cranmer (1489–1556), who produced the first Book of Common Prayer in 1549, using Lutheran sources, the Sarum (Salisbury) Rite from the 11th Century, and other writings. Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, made it possible for people to worship fully in the English tongue. After the Bible and Shakespeare, the BCP is the most frequent source of common quotations in the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. A version of the anthem text appears in our 1979 BCP page 148, as part of the Great Litany.
Some time after baroque composer Henry
Purcell (1659–95) was made Organist and Master of the Choristers for Westminster
Abbey, he wrote “Remember not, Lord, our offenses" for a cappella
mixed choir with two soprano parts. Purcell's continuing influence in our
time includes, on one hand, the rock band, The Who, and on the other hand,
Benjamin Britten, whose Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra is
subtitled Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell. Purcell's
feast day in the Episcopal Church is July 28.
Sunday, September 17: Pentecost 15 (Proper 19):
Voluntary: (I will send this early
Song of Praise:
Psalm 103: 1-14:
Offertory Anthem: “Remember not, Lord,
our offenses (Henry Purcell)
“Holy, holy, holy Lord” (10:15 only):
Lord, for thy tender mercy's sake
Communion Hymn: #325: “Let us
break bread together on our knees”
Voluntary: Clair de Lune, op. 53 no.
5 (Louis Vierne)
Verleih uns Frieden gnädiglich,
Give us peace mercifully,
Hymn: #671: “Amazing grace! How sweet
For Sept 10 Digital Bulletin:
In Brian McLaren's book, A Generous Or+hodoxy [sic], this "leading figure in the emerging church movement" looks at strengths of various Christian groups. Here are a few lines from his chapter about our tradition:
"What keeps Anglicans together if they have so much diversity—High Church, Low Church, Anglo-Catholic, evangelical, charismatic, liberal, moderate, American, African, Asian, English? How do they function if their . . . respect for Scripture and tradition and reason and experience doesn’t lead them to fast, easy agreements?
"When conceptual agreement fails, many of them will tell you they are brought and kept together by liturgy (an orderly plan for public worship). But not just by words on a page. Rather, I believe, it is their deep appreciation for the deep beauty of liturgy that helps them make room for one another. Even if they disagree on what the liturgy means or requires doctrinally, they are charmed by its mysterious beauty and beautiful mystery, and that is often enough to keep them together long enough to share, evaluate, and integrate varied understandings.
"In contrast to Christians who argue
about the fine points of doctrine but show little taste for the beauty
of truth, the Anglican way (as I have observed it) has been to begin with
beauty, to focus on beauty, and to stay with it, believing that where beauty
is, God is. These practices—or this method—are among the greatest gifts
the Anglican community brings to the church at large . . . ."
For Sept 3 Digital Bulletin:
If angels pray the Psalms, they surely do so in Anglican chants. OK, this is wild hyperbole, but Anglican chants have become one of the foremost gifts of our heritage to the worship of God. Anglican chants are now in use in some Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Presbyterian, and other churches. When the choir chants on our behalf in our service of praise, we enfold another dimension of beauty as part of our gifts to God in rendering thanks for God's grace, even in times of trial.
This Sunday the appointed passage is Psalm 26:1-8, with the choir at the 10:15 service using a chant by Thomas Attwood Walmisley (1814–1856), Professor of Music at Cambridge. Many of his chants remain in widespread practice. Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral is blessed to be able to continue this form of worship, originating in the late 16th Century, likely employed with the then-new Book of Common Prayer. By the 18th Century, this liturgical tradition was firmly established.
Anglican -- or "English" -- chant is a way to sing prose texts. While the Psalms, for example, have poetic content, most English translations of the Hebrew are not poetry with regular meter. Most hymn texts are poems with a regular rhythm, and rhyme as well, that easily lend themselves to musical form. The genius of the Anglican chant is to respect the natural pacing and the length syllables in prose while sounding them within a recurring melodic pattern by varying the number of syllables sung on a given pitch.
In addition to many YouTube videos of inspiring Anglican chant, you'll find some hilarious spoofs, such as the "Anglican chant weather report" and the "Rules of Cricket - Anglican Psalm Chant"