Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Advent 1 at St. Thomas

It's "An Advent Procession with Holy Communion," and here's what they will be doing for that:
Celebrant: Fr Mead
Preacher: Fr Mead
Deacon: Fr Austin
Subdeacon: Fr Spurlock
Sung by: The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

Prelude: Four Advent Chorale Preludes from the Orgelbüchlein, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Nun komm' der Heiden Heiland, BWV 599
Gott, durch deine Güte, BWV 600
Herr Christ, der einge Gottes-Sohn, BWV 601
Lob sei dem allmächtigen Gott, BWV 602
Prelude 2: Fantasy on Veni Emmanuel, Kenneth Leighton (1929-1988)

Service: Mass for Five Voices, William Byrd (c. 1540-1623)
Works of: Palestrina, Philip Moore, Guerrero, Wood, Gabriel Jackson and Gibbons

Voluntary: Allegro Risoluto, from Symphonie no. 2 in E minor Op. 20, Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

Their Processions are always tremendous; no doubt the Palestrina will be the Advent Matins and Vespers Responsories. These are sung from the front doors of that amazing space - and the Matins Responsory (which is sung as the opening of the service, as an Introit would be) is usually followed by the Advent Prose in Procession. I love the worship here, maybe better than anyplace else anywhere - it's astonishingly beautiful and very reverent. St. Mary's is a much warmer and more friendly atmosphere, but this is really stunning; I'm always transported when I'm there.

If you're in New York on Sunday, you should definitely go.

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