Join us this week for our service of Organ Vespers live from Christ Church Cathedral at 4pm (ET) for the Feast of the Holy and Undivided Trinity.
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Organ Vespers for the Feast of the Holy and Undivided Trinity
Officiant: Rev Dr Deborah Meister, Associate Priest
Organist: Nicholas Capozzoli, Assistant Organist
- Prelude: Allein Gott In der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 662, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
- Welcome from Rev Dr Deborah Meister
- Responses (Plainsong)
V: O Lord open thou our lips
R: And our mouth shall shew forth thy praise
V: O God make speed to save us
R: O Lord make haste to help us
V: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost
R: As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen
V: Praise ye the Lord
R: The Lord’s name be praised
- Psalm 93
- THE Lord is King, and hath put on glorious apparel : the Lord hath put on his apparel, and girded himself with strength.
- He hath made the round world so sure : that it cannot be moved.
- Ever since the world began hath thy seat been prepared : thou art from everlasting.
- The floods are risen, O Lord, the floods have lift up their voice : the floods lift up their waves.
- The waves of the sea are mighty, and rage horribly : but yet the Lord, who dwelleth on high, is mightier.
- Thy testimonies, O Lord, are very sure : holiness becometh thine house for ever.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost
As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.
- Organ Reflection: Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1561-1621)
- First Lesson: Isaiah 6:1-8
In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
- Magnificat: Magnificat Secundi Toni, Matthias Weckmann (1616-1674)
- My soul doth Magnify the Lord : and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
- For he hath regarded : the lowliness of his handmaiden.
- For behold from henceforth : all generations shall call me blessed
- For He that is mighty hath magnified me : and holy is His name
- And his mercy is on them that fear him : throughout all generations
- He hath shewn strength with his arm : He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts
- He hath put down the mighty from their seat : and hath exalted the humble and meek
- He hath filled the hungry with good things : and the rich He hath sent empty away
- He remembering his mercy : hath holpen His servant Israel
- As He promised to our forefather : Abraham and his seed for ever
- Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost
- As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.
- Second Lesson: John 16:5-15
But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou? But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart. Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
- Organ Reflection: Nun bitten wir den heiligen Geist, BuxWV 208, Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
- Postlude: Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren BuxWV 213, Dietrich Buxtehude