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.”
Please click on the links below to hear music from this service.
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)