7 Week Series on Music in the Liturgy
Join Ben Gessner, Director of Music, for a 7-week series on Music in the Liturgy on Wednesdays at Noon online and on Facebook Premiere.
Lent 2020 Music Notes
Dear Friends, As we prepare to enter the season of Lent, you will certainly notice that the service music has changed to reflect the penitential nature of this season. First, rather than singing a Processional Hymn and the Gloria in excelsis Deo, our service on the First Sunday of Lent will began with the Great Litany. This alternating chant setting was composed by John Merbecke (ca.1510 – ca. 1585), an early Anglican composer. Martin Luther hailed the Litany as one of the greatest…
Feast of the Presentation 2020 Music Notes
Hello friends, This Sunday as we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple, I wanted to take time to highlight the hymns and service music. Our Processional Hymn is one not often sung, only useable when February 2 falls on a Sunday. It is found in a section of our hymnal for specific Feast Days. The text is a French Catholic hymn from the late 1600s, first written in Latin. It caught the attention of…