Monday, April 26, 2010

Compline at Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill, NC—04.25.2010

Compline at Chapel of the Cross.

This was our last Compline of the academic year. We've been using the Order for Compline, as set by David Hurd.

Here are our little additions:

Let my prayer come up into Thy presence (Henry Purcell)
Psalms 91 and 134 (chanted to Tone 8)
Hymn: Christ, mighty Saviour (CHRISTE, LUX MUNDI, plainsong Mode 7)
In manus tuas (Sheppard; sung in addition to "Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit ...)
Nunc Dimittis from Short Service (O. Gibbons)
Regina Coeli (Marian antiphon right after the Dismissal)
Ave Maria (Josquin Desprez)
Organ improvisation by the abfab Van Quinn

After the service, we were told just how much of an impact we made on the congregation. For Chapel of the Cross, the Compline service has become the 'seeker' service. At least six weddings have taken place at Chapel of the Cross where the bride and the groom met at Compline. A serviceman, who was a recent UNC graduate and was stationed in Iraq, wrote of bringing the Compline service to the troops where it was very well-received. As Van had once told us, "We have little sense of the impact of what we do on Sunday evenings on those sitting out there in the dark." So it was really nice to hear how our efforts every Sunday evening affected those sitting out in the pews. It makes what we do worth it.

Compline won't start up again until the Fall Semester, sometime either in late August or early September.

(Note: the picture above depicts one of the votive candle layouts that Jimmy Satterwhite had laid out a couple of years ago. I can't remember where the picture came from, though.)

25 April—Fourth Sunday of Easter

I haven't been all that consistent about posting my music lists this year. I will post them eventually; they'll just be backdated. This will also go for any concert programs I have to report.

For now, here are two music lists for the Fourth Sunday of Easter ("Good Shepherd Sunday").

I cantored the 7.45 am Mass at Immaculate Conception Church. I've also included the music my friend, Jane, played for organ voluntaries. As usual, the numbers come out of GIA's Gather Comprehensive 1994 (green cover):

Sunday 7.45 am Mass: Fourth Sunday of Easter
Prelude: Christ lag in Todesbanden (BWV 625; J. S. Bach)
Processional Hymn: 433, At the Lamb's high feast we sing (SALZBURG)
Gloria: 157, Mass of Creation (Haugen)
Psalm: Psalm 100 (Guimont)
Gospel Acclamation: Three-fold Alleluias from 446, The strife is o'er (VICTORY); verse set to Tone 8
Offertory Hymn: 840, Shepherd of souls (ST. AGNES)
Sanctus, Mem. Accl., Amen, Agnus Dei: 190, 192, 194, 195; Mass of Light
Communion Voluntary: Sheep may safely graze (Bach)
Recessional: 572, For the Beauty of the Earth (DIX)
Postlude: Hilf Gott, daß mir's gelinge (BWV 624; Bach)

St. Joseph's Episcopal Church where I played the usual 10.30 am service. As usual, the numbers are out of The Hymnal 1982.

Fourth Sunday of Easter: Holy Eucharist Rite II
Prelude: Sheep may safely graze (J.S. Bach)
Processional Hymn: 208, The strife is o'er, the battle done (VICTORY)
Gloria: S-280 (Powell)
Psalm: Psalm 23 (Simplified Anglican Chant)
Sequence Hymn: 334, Praise the Lord, rise up rejoicing (ALLES IST AN GOTTES SEGEN)
Offertory Hymn: 645, The King of love my shepherd is (ST. COLUMBA)
Sanctus: S-125, Community Mass (Proulx)
Lord's Prayer: chanted (S-119 in Hymnal 1982)
Fraction Anthem: S-154, New Plainsong (Hurd)
Communion Anthem: The Tree of Life (K. Lee Scott)
Recessional Hymn: 535, Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim (PADERBORN)
Postlude: Improvisation on Paderborn

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Papanaşi (Romanian cheese dumplings)

Papanaşi is a Romanian cheese dumpling. It can either be boiled or fried. My friend, Daniel, wanted to serve these at a reception that would follow his senior recital. (If you are in the Triangle area, you should come: it's a lecture/recital on François Devienne's first bassoon quartet in C major, Devienne, and bassoon music of the 18th century. It will take place at Person Hall at UNC Chapel Hill.)

We looked up several recipes, including a couple written in Romanian, and this was what we came up with. I wanted to try making it once before serving it to a lot of people to ensure that my effort would at least be somewhat edible.

Here are the ingredients I used, as well as how I put these together:


15 oz. (425 g) ricotta cheese. I used whole milk ricotta cheese.
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 c semolina flour
2 c all-purpose flour
1 packet (8 g) vanilla sugar
2 tbsp sugar

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mix until everything is incorporated.

Form into donut-like discs with a slight depression in the middle. Form an equal amount of small balls that should fit in the depression. (I made 30 discs and 30 small rounds.)

Deep fry until golden brown. Remove with spider strainer and allow to drain on paper towel.

To put it together: place the disc on a plate. Top with jam or honey. Place the ball on top of that. Top with whipped cream if desired.

Here is a picture of the 'naked' Papanaşi. I'll make this again on Saturday.