All Saints’ Sunday, November 6

This coming Sunday morning, at the 10:00 a.m. liturgy, we will have a unique opportunity to experience two liturgies in one.  All Saints’ Day (November 1) is a celebration of the SAINTS in GLORY, and in the liturgical calendar, All Soul’s Day (November 2) is a commemoration of the dead, those who have passed on into the greater glory.  To combine these two services, we find ourselves rejoicing with the saints’ as we begin the liturgy with the Introit, “O quam gloriosum” by the Italian Renaissance composer, Tomás Luis de Victoria.

 

O quam gloriosum est regnum                              O how glorious is the kingdom

in quo cum Christo gaudent omnes Sancti!           in which with Christ rejoice all the Saints!

amicti stolis albis, sequuntur Agnum                   clothed in robes of white, they follow the Lamb

quocumque ierit. Alleluia!                                      wheresoever he has gone. Alleluia!

We continue this celebration with the Entrance Hymn, “For all the saints”.  Then we move to the All Soul’s portion of the liturgy. We begin with Requiem aeternam (Grant them rest eternal, Kyrie).  Psalm 130, De profundis, is a setting of the Psalm for solo cello and choir.  The Offertory is the setting of the Pie Jesu, (Blessed Jesu, Lord, I pray, in our mercy grant them rest).  The Sanctus/Benedictus/Hosanna is then sung by the choir, and then during the Eucharistic Prayer, we read the names of those who have died this past year.  The Agnus Dei includes two phrases from scripture, “Man that is born of a woman” and “I am the resurrection and the life”. This is immediately followed by a setting of Psalm 23, Dominus regit me. The traditional Postcommunion Prayer, from the Burial Service, is spoken together and then the final movement of this Requiem is sung, Lux aeterna (I heard a voice…Light eternal shine upon them.) we will then bring us back to rejoicing with the familiar and beloved hymn, “Rejoice, ye pure in heart”.

This is a part of the “Music for a Season” Series, and your gifts to this series are most welcome. We thank you for your continued support of this series, this Ninth Year!

The Our Saviour Choir will be augmented with singers and we will be joined by a small instrumental ensemble: harp, flute, oboe, cello, timpani, glockenspiel and organ.  Our guest organist will be Joseph Peeples, the new Professor of Organ at California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks.

Blessings to all and prayers for those who we remember this coming Sunday,

Phil Smith
Minister of Music & Organist

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