God’s Own Son is Born a Child, God the Father is Reconciled

Music from Epiphany Processions and Carols

Download the service leaflet here; please click on the links below to hear music from this service.

Processional Hymn:

‘He whom shepherds once came praising’ (Quempas Carol)

Karen Kerswell, Margo Perl, and Janet Inman Haigh singing in procession

Liturgical Processions serve the purpose getting the clergy and choir into and out of church, but they also symbolize the act of pilgrimage–journeying from our ordinary lives into to holy place for the purpose of worship. The extended procession at the beginning of this service is meant to evoke the very first Christian pilgrimage–the star-led journey of the Magi to the manger at Bethlehem.

In this procession, “detachments” of the adult and children’s choirs process around and sing antiphonally from the four corners of the Nave as well as the Choir Loft, singing together and joined by the congregation on each refrain.

The “Quempas Carol” gets its name from the first two syllables of its Latin title, Quem pastores laudavere (He whom the shepherds praised).  This is a 14th-century carol that tells the story of the angels’ appearance to the shepherds and the shepherd’s subsequent journey to Bethlehem to see the Christ child.

Other Hymns and Carols:

Niles, arr. Warrel: Jesus, Jesus, rest your head

Davies: O little town of Bethlehem
Marcia McKenna, soprano

arr. Shaw: Unto us is born a Son

Dyson: Nunc dimittis
Rod Sanders, baritone

Held: Saw you never in the twilight
Lisa Jennings, soprano

Nelson: The Coming of God to Earth

Lisa Jennings accompanied by Mark Chaney

Hymn 94, While shephards watched thier flocks (Winchester New)

Hymn 119, As with gladness men of old (Dix)

Hymn 82, Of the Father’s love begotten (Divinum mysterium)

Hymn 497, How bright appears the Morning Star (Wie schön leuchtet)

Stewart Haigh reads a lesson

More pictures at the Trinity Shuetterfly site here.

Epiphany Processions and Carols This Friday

This service celebrates the Epiphany of our Lord, the twelfth and final day of Christmas, which is the completion and fulfillment of the Advent and Christmas seasons.

Some themes that run throughout the service:

Light:  At Epiphany the wise men are led to the infant Jesus by the guiding of a star, in spite of the dark motives of those who would thwart God’s loving purpose.  The light of this same star–in the person of Jesus Christ and in the form of his holy Word–remains undimmed as a source of guidance and illumination in our lives today.

Pilgrimage:  Epiphany commemorates, among other things, the very first Christian pilgrimage.  The arduous journey of the Magi would have required great faith to undertake and even greater determination to carry out.  The extended procession at the beginning of the service recalls this extraordinary act of devotion.

Tension between the Cradle and the Cross:  Precursors of the ultimate purpose of Christ’s incarnation are found throughout the Biblical narrative of his birth.  The gift of gold symbolizes Christ’s kingship, but the gift of myrrh foretells his death; the story of the Magi is followed immediately by the slaughter of the Holy Innocents; Simeon is overjoyed to the sight of the infant Messiah but warns Mary that a sword will pierce her soul.  As Pastor Iain put it in his sermon this past Sunday, we must follow Christ not only to Bethlehem but also to Calvary.

Music for the Service:

Anthems:
Victoria: O magnum mysterium
Marshall: He comes to us
Davies: O little town of Bethlehem
Ballet: Lute Book Lullaby
arr. Warrel: Jesus, Jesus, rest your head

Carols:
94, While shephards watched their flocks by night
119, As with gladness men of old
128, We three kings of Orient
82, Of the Father’s love begotten
497, How brightly shines the Morning Star

Download a poster for this service here

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

Celebrating the Incarnation: Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany

In the gospel of John, the Evangelist begins by saying that Jesus’s divinity is one with the Father from before the beginning of the world.  John’s next assertion is more astonishing still, that Jesus put aside his divinity to become a human.  John puts it this way: “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory…” (John 1:14). 

The mystery and wonder of how this happens unfolds for us over these next weeks in three distinct but intimately connected seasons of the church year:.  Please allow me to highlight a few of the opportunities that we have to celebrate this holy season: in Advent, we hear God’s promise of salvation in the Messiah and we prepare our hearts and our lives for his appearance; during Christmas, we contemplate the wonder of God’s incarnation in the form of a human being; and during Epiphany, we celebrate the Gospel as a light to our lives and a gift for the whole world. 

The lessons for the four weeks of Advent explore how the prophecies of the Old Testament find their fulfillment in the person of Jesus Christ; so the themes that run through our worship are those of promise, expectation, readiness, hope, and above all, joy.  Another prominent image for this season is how light comes into the world at the darkest time of the year.  The music during these four Sundays will touch on all of these themes and we will try strike a balance between quiet introspection and joyful expectancy. 

Please be sure to check the Upcoming Events page for details about worship opportunities that we have to celebrate this holy and wonderful season together.