Notes on the Music for Sunday, August 12, 2018

Dr. Leon Podles

Let all mortal flesh keep silence is a paraphrase by James Moultrie (1829-1885) of the Cherubic Hymn from the Liturgy of St. James of the Eastern Church. The hymn dates to the third century. It is chanted as the bread and wine are carried to the altar. The Greek text reads: "Let all mortal flesh keep silent, and stand with fear and trembling, and in itself consider nothing of earth; for the King of kings and Lord of lords cometh forth to be sacrificed, and given as food to the believers; and there go before Him the choirs of Angels, with every dominion and power, the many-eyed Cherubim and the six-winged Seraphim, covering their faces, and crying out the hymn: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia."

PICARDY is a hymn tune, based on a French carol; it is in a minor key and its meter is 8.7.8.7.8.7. Its name comes from the province of France from where it is thought to originate. The tune dates back at least to the 17th century, and was originally used for the folk song Jésus-Christ s'habille en pauvre. First published in the 1848 collection Chansons populaires des provinces de France, "Picardy" was most famously arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1906 for the hymn Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence.

Jesu, thou joy of loving hearts is a translation by Ray Palmer (1808-1887) of Iesu dulcedo cordium, part of Iesu dulcis memoria. It was made in 1858 and published in The Sabbath Hymn Book: for the Service of Song in the House of the Lord. Palmer was a Congregationalist minister form Rhode Island who translated several Latin hymns.

Let us with a gladsome mind is a versification of Psalm 136 by John Milton, who was fifteen and a schoolboy at St. Paul's when he wrote it.

The tune MONKLAND is by the Moravian John Antes (17401811), After being ordained as a minister in the Moravian Unitas Fratrum, he was a missionary in Egypt, where he was severely beaten by the henchmen of Osman Bey.

This Week's Calendar

  • Friday - December 14
    St John of the Cross, Press and Doctor of the Church
    Memorial
    5:30 pm: Spoken Mass
    6:30 pm: Book Group
  • Saturday - December 15
    Advent Feria
    No public Mass
  • Sunday - December 16
    Third Sunday of Advent
    8:00 am - Spoken Mass
    9:00 am - Catechism of the Good Shepherd
    9:00 am - Adult Catechesis
    9:30 am - Confessions
    10:00 am - Sung Mass
    4:00 pm - Informal Evensong
  • Monday - December 17
    O Sapientaia
    No public Mass
  • Tuesday - December 18
    O Adonai
    12:10 pm: Spoken Mass
  • Wednesday - December 19
    O Radix Jesse
    12:10 pm: Spoken Mass
  • Thursday - December 20
    O Clavis David
    12:10 pm: Spoken Mass
  • Friday - December 21
    O Oriens

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