Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning

Music from Christmas Eve

Click on the links below to hear music from our Christmas Eve Services. 

Silent night, holy night; Son of God, love’s pure light

7:30 – Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Christofer Ackerman, trumpet

Corelli: Sonata
i. Andante
ii. Allemande
iii.  Sarabande
iv. Gigue

Hovaness: Prayer of St. Gregory

Hymn 83, O come all ye faithful (Adeste fidelis)

Hymn 107, Good Christian friends, rejoice (In dulci jubilo)

Hymn 105, God rest you merry, gentlemen (God Rest You Merry)

Hymn 87, Hark! the herald angels sing (Mendelssohn)

10:00 – Pre-service Music

Erin Althoff and Kevin Rogers, violins
Doug Merritt, viola; Patrick O’Neil, cello;
Stephen Jones, bass

Buxtehude: In dulci jubilo 

Held: Divinum mysterium 

Bach: Harpsichord Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056
i. Allegro
ii.  Adagio
iii. Presto 

Brahms: Es ist ein Ros entsprungen, Op. 122 

Corelli: Pastorale
from Concerto Grossi in G minor, Op. 6 No. 8

10:30 – Holy Eucharist, Rite I

Hymn 102, Once in royal David’s city (Irby) 

arr. Willcocks: Sussex Carol
Lisa Jennings, soprano 

Hymn 92, On this day earth shall ring (Personent hodie)
Includes the reading of the Christmas story from Luke’s gospel; we sang this hymn at the Gospel Procession and then repeated the first stanza at the conclusion of the lesson. 

Yon: Gesu bambino
Karen Kerswell, alto 

Handel: ‘For unto us a child is born’ from Messiah
This was sung as the Offertory Anthem, and includes the Presentation Hymn, ‘O come, all ye faithful’ (conveniently in the same key) respendent in all its Willcocks-tastic solemnity.  

Hymn 111, Silent night, holy night (Stille Nacht)
Lisa Jennings, descant

Trinity Christmas Services

Wondering which Christmas service to attend?

Here’s the run-down of what to expect and when.

Christmas Eve – Saturday, December 24:

5:30 pm – Family Service

Exactly what the title says–a festive and none-too-formal service for (but not limited to!) families with young children.  This service will be in a lessons and carols format, and it will incorporate the semi-staged rendering of the Christmas story by children in costume.  There is no Communion at this service, but we will conclude by singing “Silent Night” by candlelight.

7:30 pm – Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Music for Trumpet and Organ

This service will be pretty similar in format to the usual Sunday 11:00 service, but with LOTS of traditional Christmas carols, including “Silent Night” by candlelight; and there is Communion.  Come early to the service to enjoy an extended prelude of seasonal music for trumpet and organ.

10:00 pm – Feast of Music
10:30 pm – Holy Eucharist, Rite I with Choir and Orchestra

A half-hour of festive and meditative music for organ and orchestra will precede the liturgy.  This service will be a solemn and majestic celebration using the traditional Rite I language and favorite carols, as well as choral music with chamber orchestra.  There is Communion and the service concludes with the singing of “Silent Night” by candlelight.

Christmas Day – Sunday, December 25:

10:00 am – Holy Eucharist, Rite II
(One Service Only)

If you would like a full listing of the music at all of these services, including the service leaflets in PDF format, check the “Music Listings for Services” link at the top of this page. 

Don’t Forget:

Epiphany Processions and Carols
Friday, January 6, 2012
Dinner (Free) at 5:45, Service at 6:30

Highlights from Advent Lessons and Carols

Click on the links below to hear music from this service.  Download the service leaflet here.

Antiphons chanted beautifully by the tenors and basses of the choir:

O Sapientia

O Wisdom, proceeding from the mouth of the Most High,
Pervading and permeating all creation, mightily ordering all things:
Come and teach us the way of prudence.

O Adonai

O Adonai and Ruler of the house of Israel, Who appeared to Moses in the burning bush
and gave him the Law on Sinai:
Come with an outstretched arm and redeem us.

O Radix Jesse

O Root of Jesse, who stands for an ensign of the peoples,
Before whom kings are mute and to whom the nations will do homage:
Come quickly to deliver us.

O Clavis David

O Key of David and Scepter of the house of Israel,
You open and no one can close, You close and no one can open:
Come and rescue the prisoners who are in darkness
and in the shadow of death.

O Oriens

O Dayspring, Splendor of Light everlasting:
Come and enlighten those who sit in darkness
and in the shadow of death.

O Rex Genitum

O King of Nations,
The Ruler they long for, the Cornerstone uniting all people:
Come and save us all, whom you formed out of clay.

O Emmanuel

O Emmanuel, our King and our Lord,
The Anointed for the nations and their Savior:
Come and save us, O Lord our God.

Other anthems and carols:

Hymn 56, O come, O come Emmanuel (Veni, Emmanuel)

Schütz: O liebe Herre Gott
Lisa Jennings and Kristine Chaney, sopranos

O lieber Herre Gott, wecke uns auf, das wir bereit sein wenn dein Sohn kömmt, ihn mit Freuden zu empfahen, und dir mit reinem Herzen zu dienen, durch denselbigen deinen lieben Sohn, Jesum Christum.  Amen

O dear Lord God, awaken us that we may be prepared when your Son comes, that we may greet him with joy, and serve you with pure hearts, through your only beloved Son, Jesus Christ.  Amen

– Martin Luther (1483-1546)

Vulpius: Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
Lisa Jennings, soprano; Fran Gilbert, alto

Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen aus einer Wurzel zart.
Wie uns die Alten sungen, von Jesse kam die Art. 

Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming from tender stem hath sprung!
of Jesse’s lineage coming, as those of old have sung.

Hymn, All earth is hopeful (Toda la tierra)

Dyson: Magnificat

Schop: How lovely shines the Morning Star
Lisa Jennings and Kristine Chaney, sopranos

Hymn, People, look east, the time is near (People Look East)

Jennings: Springs in the Desert

Rorem: Mercy and truth are met together

Hymn 60, Creator of the stars of night (Conditor alme siderum)

Hymn 57, Lo! he comes with clouds descending (Helmsley)

For additional pictures of the service,  please visit the Trinity Shutterfly site here.

Music from the Fourth Sunday of Advent

Advent IV – December 18

A State of Joyful Expectation

Click on the links below to hear music from this service.  Dowlnoad the service leaflet here.

Bach: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland

Hymn 54, Savior of the nations, come (Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland)

Hymn 265, The angel Gabriel from heaven came (Basque Carol)

Bach: Öffne dich, mein ganzes Herze
from Cantata 61 (Kristine Chaney, soprano)

Öffne dich, mein ganzes Herze, Jesus kömmt und ziehet ein.
Bin ich gleich nur Staub und Erde, Will er mich doch nicht verschmähn,
Seine Lust an mir zu sehn, Dass ich seine Wohnung werde
O wie selig werd ich sein!

Open wide, my whole heart, Jesus comes and enters in.
Although I am only ashes and dust, yet he will not disdain
to see his delight within me and that I might become his dwelling.
Oh, how blessed shall I be!

Handel: ‘Then shall the eyes of the blind’ and ‘He shall feed his flock’
from Messiah (Kristine Chaney, soprano)

Hymn 100, Joy to the world, the Lord is come (Antioch)

Lessons and Carols for Advent This Wednesday

This event is being offered as an Advent family night of fellowship and worship. It is meant to be a quiet moment of reflective preparation amid the fuss and bother of this hectic season. Through our fellowship, our prayer, and our singing I hope that the evening will be a useful tool in making our hearts and minds ready for the celebration of Christmas. Childcare is provided.

Aside from the readings and the singing, a notable feature of this service will be a set of seven banners with symbols for each of the Great O Antiphons. The banners were designed specifically for this service and they were made (traced, cut, sewn, ironed, appliqued, hemmed, and otherwise lovingly wrought) by women in our choir. They will be processed into the church one by one as the service progresses, and after the service we will hang them over the balcony for the remainder of Advent and Christmas.

The symbols on the banners, derived from the Old Testament, are as follows:

O Wisdom – Scroll
O Adonai (“Lord and Ruler”)- Burning Bush
O Root of Jesse – Tree
O Key of David – Key
O Dayspring – Rising Sun
O King of the Nations – Crown
O Emmanuel (“God with us”) – Star and Manger

Music from this Past Sunday

Advent III – December 11

Please click on the links below to hear music from this service.
To download the service leaflet, click here

Hymn 76, On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry (Winchester New)

Willan: Kyrie, from Missa da Sancta Maria Magdalena

This is not a movement from a choral Mass, but a piece of service music sung by the whole congregation.  I post it not because it is so terribly profound, but because it is beautiful–and because the music of Healey Willan happens one of my vices.  The Mass is named, of course, for the church of St. Mary Magdalene in Toronto, where Willan was the Organist and Choirmaster from 1921 until his death in 1968.

Hymn 67, Comfort, comfort ye, my people (Psalm 42)

The tune is also known by the title of the German hymn with which it is most closely associated, Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele.  The text is a poetic paraphrase of Isaiah 40.

Rorem: Mercy and truth are met

Ned Rorem is a Pulizter Prize-winning American composer.  This setting angular but beautiful setting of Psalm 85:10-13 was written in 1983 for the re-dedication of a church in Delaware.

Hymn 65, Prepare the royal highway (Bereden vag for Herran)

Music from the First Two Sundays of Advent

Click on the links below to hear music from these services. 

Advent I – November 27

Download the service leaflet here.

Erin Althoff, violin; Tamar Ben-Pazi, cello

C P E Bach: Andante from Trio Sonata in F

Hymn 66, Come thou long-expected Jesus (Stuttgart)

Bach: Zion hears the watchman singing

Advent II – December 4

Download the service leaflet here.

Peeters: Pastorale

Introit for the Second Sunday of Advent
Tone I

Hymn 59, Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding (Merton)

Psalm 85:7-13
Plainsong, Tone II

Turner: Let me love you, O Christ
text by Eric Milner-White

Hymn 444, Blessed be the God of Israel (Thornbury)

Willcocks, arr. from Palestrina: Matin Responsory
Verdun Kerswell, baritone; Mary Slaby and Lisa Jennings, sopranos

Hymn 401, the God of Abraham praise (Leoni)