Thursday, May 1, 2008

The Feast of the Ascension - Solemn Evensong

I went to The Chapel of the Cross for their Solemn Evensong for the Feast of the Ascension. The main draw: The Revd. Professor Peter Gomes made a return visit to preach. He is an amazing preacher, and he preached on Ascension, being that "forgotten" feast between Easter and Pentecost. I was sitting way in the back, and it was difficult to hear him, so unfortunately, I was only able to catch every other word. But he certainly knows how to keep your attention, and he injected his sermon with a touch of humour.
The Senior Choir, as usual, did a wonderful job. (And for me, there was a strong nostalgic feeling. I'm sure if I had a voice, Van would have been happy to have me join in with the choir for this occasion. My voice is still quite raspy, and I haven't my singing voice back yet.)

With that, the Order of Worship, including all the Liturgical Parts. The Officiant was the newly-returned-from-sabbatical, the Revd. Stephen Elkins-Williams; the Preacher was the Revd. Dr. Peter Gomes. The organist was Dr. Van Quinn, with the organist for the choir being Dr. Susan Moeser.

Two movements from L'Ascension (Olivier Messiaen)
  • Majesté du Christ demandant sa gloire à son Père
  • Prière du Christ montant vers son Père
Ascendit Deus (Peter Philips)

Opening Sentences

The Invitatory and Psalter

Preces and Responses (setting by William Smith (1603-1645))
Hymn 34, Christ mighty Savior (INNISFREE FARM)
Psalm 47: Omnes gentes, plaudite (Anglican Chant setting: Robert Cooke)

The First Lesson: Acts 1:1-11

Magnificat in d minor
(Thomas Attwood Walmisley)

The Second Lesson: Ephesians 1:15-23

Nunc dimittis in d minor

The Apostles' Creed (sung on a monotone)

The Prayers (setting by Smith)
Kyrie eleison
The Lord's Prayer (sung on a monotone)
The Collect of the Day
Prayers (ending with a luscious Amen)

The General Thanksgiving
The Prayer of St. Chrysostom
The Grace

Sermon (The Revd. Dr. Peter Gomes)

God is gone up with a triumphant shout (Gerald Finzi)

The Collect for Church Musicians and Artists


Hymn 214
: Hail the day that sees him rise, Alleluia! (LLANFAIR)

Hymne d'Action de grâces: "Te Deum" (Jean Langlais)

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