What hymns did you sing for Sunday?

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  1. Cameron

    Cameron Active Member

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    For us organists, choirmasters, hymn-enthusiasts, pianists, worship-teams - what were your hymns for Sunday? For your last service? Let's discuss.

    I'll begin.

    This Sunday coming we are singing (I am playing):

    Prelude: Oh, what Joy and Gladness
    Processional: See, Our Lord
    Gradual: Ancient Words, Long Preserved
    Offertory: O, Wondrous Sight!
    Communion: Here, O My Lord, I see Thee Face to Face.
    (2) This is the Hour of Banquet and Song
    (3) I Have no Help, but Thine!
    Recessional: Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise.
    Postlude: Ave Maria, Parsons, an improvisation upon.
     
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    Introit: Ye Holy Angels Bright
    Gradual: Bright the Vision that Delighted
    Offertory: God is Working Out His Purpose
    Communion: Spirit of God
    Recessional: Christ Whose Glory Fills the Sky
     
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    Ye Holy Angels Bright is a favourite of our bishop. Guilty of picking it bi-monthly.
     
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    Today for the procession, we chanted the Great Litany, it being the first Sunday in Lent. That left us with,

    Gradual: O, Lamb of God
    Offertory: There is a Green Hill (Horsley)
    Communion: God Will Make a Way
    (2) a spontaneous "It is Well With my Soul" which I began to play a meditation upon but the vicar raised his hand and the choir beautifully blended into the first verse and refrain.
    Recessional: Lest We Forget Gethsemane
     
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    No introit today, Great Litany.
    Gradual: Psalm 25:3-9
    Sequence: Christ, when for us you were baptized
    Offertory: Dona nobis pacem
    Communion: From God Christ's deity came forth (1), Let thy Blood in mercy poured (2), O salutaris hostis (3).
    Recessional: The glory of these forty days
     
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    I tried to get the Great Litany into the service today and I could barely swing the Exhortations. My senior and the organist, I think, detest the Litany. It is really only used when the Archbishop comes on a high holy day. 'There is a Green Hill' is a wonderful hymn, but probably not one that would appear in an American church.

    And the portion of the Psalter was a mess because those involved had not practiced the music. I have asked why we are trying to reinvent the wheel and have novel tunes for the Psalter; let's do it in Plainchant. Apparently my musical suggestions are not highly regarded: we did not have Stabat Mater either.

    The curate, my senior, has expressed some frustration with the organist. And we have a more qualified candidate in the ranks. However, he is not willing to push the switch or put the incumbent in her place. It is a frustration for both of us.
     
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    Surely the organist is bound to respect the wishes of her clergy? After all , she's there to serve the parish.
     
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    You would be surprised how quickly and boldly politics dampen relationships betwixt organist, choir, and rector. Many organists are happy to do what the parish asks them, many place a great amount of trust in their own training and refuse to listen to counsel.

    It’s a hard thing sometimes. I meet wth the vicar and we discuss what to sing, so we are quite co-dependent on how the Liturgy follows through. Others, however, are like two ships passing through the night. Both arrangements work well, but I would hope when the priest gets involved in the latter arrangement, the organist would listen. Especially if they’ve been compensated for their services in times past.
     
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    This Sunday, the Second Sunday in Lent.

    Processional: I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say (Kingsfold)
    Gradual: O Lamb of God
    Offertory: Jesus Shall Reign Where'er the Sun
    Communion: And Now, O Father, Mindful of the Love
    Recessional: Beneath the Cross of Jesus
     
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    Lent 2

    Introit: All my hope on God is founded
    Gradual: In the cross of Christ I glory
    Offertory: O Jesus, I have promised
    Communion: O God, unseen yet ever near
    Recessional: City of God, how broad and far.
    Setting for the Ordinary: Merbecke, 1550
     
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    2nd Sunday in Lent

    Introit: The God of Abraham praise
    Gradual: Psalm 16:5-11
    Sequence: Take up your Cross, the Savior said
    Offertory: O taste and see, how gracious the Lord is (Williams)
    Communion: Take my life and let it be (1), And now, O Father, mindful of the love (2), Draw nigh, and take the Body of the Lord (3)
    Recessional: Eternal Lord of love, behold your Church
    Setting: Merbecke, 1550
     
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    We gave up on doing the Psalm to music. The organist and curate had tried an obscure Breviary, which set the Psalms to mostly 19th century popular American folk tunes a couple of times. That was a total disaster because those tunes are not as familiar to the average person as the organist thought - I didn't know what they were either time we tried that. We discussed doing them in plain-chant (or pointed chant, ie: reciting tone 1,2,3; reciting tone 1,2,3,4,5 where the numbers mark off the syllables that end a line) but that never materialized. We have settled on reading the Psalm responsively, which is fine with me, but defeated the purpose of using the Psalter for the Gradual.
     

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