Sebron’s obituary appears in the current issue of the The American Organist, the national journal of the American Guild of Organists; please click here.
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Fourth Sunday of Easter
(“Good Shepherd” Sunday) – May 15
This is an arragement of a beautiful 19th century American folk melody called Resignation by the noted composer and music critic Virgil Thomsn (1896-1989). The words are Isaac Watt’s poetic setting of Psalm 23.
Fifth Sunday of Easter – May 22
Anglican Chant: Charles Stanford
Kristine Chaney, cantor
Originally composed as a solo song for baritone and orchestra, the words of the anthem are by the 17th-century English poet George Herbert:
Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life:
such a way as gives us breath;
such a truth as ends all strife;
such a life as conquers death.
Come, my Light, my Feast, my Strength:
such a light as shows a feast;
such a feast as mends in length;
such a strength as makes his guest.
Come, my Joy, my Love, my Heart:
such a joy as none can move;
such a love as none can part;
such a heart as joys in love.
Easter III – May 8
All of the music from this service revolves around the story in in Luke’s gospel (24:13-35) of the disciples meet the risen Jesus on the road to Emmaus. They do not recognize him, but their “hearts burn within” them as he opens the Scriptures to them. When evening comes the disciples don’t want him to go: “Stay with us, Lord, for it is evening, and the day is far spent;” this is the reason for singing the evening hymn ‘Abide with me’ at a morning service. At the end of the story, the discples finally recognize who Jesus is when he eats with them or, as Luke puts it, “he was make known to us in the breaking of bread.”
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Hymn 662: Abide with me, fast falls the eventide (Eventide)
There is a little bit of static-y feedback on this recording because I asked the sopranos to gather around the organ (too close to the microphone) on the descant in the final stanza. Despite this imperfection, I am including it in this post because it is such tender congregational singing.
Be known to us in breaking bread
but do not then depart;
Savior, abide with us and spread
thy table in our heart.
There sup with us in love divine.
Thy body and thy blood,
that living bread, that heavenly wine
be our immortal food. Amen.
-James Montgomery (1771-1854)
Easter II – May 1
Holy Eucharist, Rite II
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arr. Hopson: On earth has dawned this day of days
St. Cecilia Children’s Choir