Hail thee, festival day: Pentecost

May 27, 2012 – Holy Eucharist, Rite II – 11:00 am

Chris Ackerman and John Crowley, trumpets;
Amy Tully, flute; Matt Ward, oboe;
Steve Kirkman, timpani

Listen to Hymn 225,
‘Hail thee, festival day’ (Salve, festa diesHERE 

Please click on the links below to hear other music from this service; download the service leaflet here

Bach: O Spirit of God, O Spirit of life

Psalm 104:25-37 (Plainsong, Tone 2)

Hymn 521, Put forth, O God, the Spirit’s might (Chelsea Square)

Gabrieli: Jubilate Deo. omnis terra

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful people

Music from Pentecost – June 12

Erin Althoff and Doug Merritt, violins; Sarah Daniels, viola;
Tamar Ben-Pazi, cello; Jessica Miller and Matt Ward, oboes;
Lisa Jennings, soprano; Kristine Chaney, alto;
Stewart Haigh, tenor; Rod Sanders, bass

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

Photo by Larry Wilson

Bach: Sinfonia from Cantata 169

Psalm 130
Anglican Chant: David Hurd

Hymn 516: Come down, O Love divine (Down Ampney)

Mozart: Veni, sancte Spiritus, K. 47

Veni, sancte Spiritus, reple tuorum corda fidelium, et tui amoris in eis ignem accende, qui per diversitatem linguarum cunctarum gentes in unitate fidei congregasti. Alleluia.

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful people, and kindle the fire of your love in them whom you, from separate tongues, have gathered the nations together in the unity of faith. Alleluia.

-Sequence for Pentecost

Callahan: Creator Spirit, by whose aid
sung by the gentelmen of the choir

Creator Spirit, by whose aid
the world’s foundations first were laid,
come visit every humble mind;
come, pour thy joys on human kind;

O Source of uncreated light,
the Father’s promised Paraclete,
thrice holy Fount, thrice holy Fire,
our hearts with heavenly love inspire.

From sin and sorrow set us free,
and make us temples worthy thee.
Give us thyself, that we may see
the Father and the Son by thee.

-John Dryden, 1693

Bach: Sinfonia from Cantata 156
Jessica Miller, oboe

The Wedding Freight of the Holy Spirit

Finally, for your intellectual and devotional interest, here is the entire text of the anthem.  I can assure you that the music will be just as beautiful and evocative as the words.

O Thou sweetest Source of gladness,
   Light’s all lovely fountain head,
Who, alike in joy and sadness,
   Leavest none unvisited;
Breath of God head, highest King,
Who upholding everything,
   Wilt uphold, with love undying.
   Hear, O hear me humbly crying.

From thy throne, as April shower
   Thou descendest, heavenly One,
Freighted with thy sevenfold dower,
   From the Father, and the Son.
Bring me noble Guest divine,
God’s own blessings they are thine,
   Freely dealt at thy good pleasure,
   Fill me in abundant measure.

Save, uphold, and go before me,
   Fainting, be my staff and rod:
Dying, to new life restore me,
   Buried, be my grave, O God: 
From the dust when I arise,
Come, exalt me to the skies,
   Where thou within realms supernal
   Feed thy saints with joys eternal. 

-Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676),
trans. Rev. George Ratcliffe Woodward (1848-1934)