Whitsunday-Pentecost

Hosted by: St Michael's Church and Choir

Sunday 4th June at 10.45am, Sung Mass for Pentecost Sunday. This being a First Sunday this year, there will the “Bountiful Table” – please donate and purchase cakes, preserves and the like – and also Choral Evensong & Benediction at 6pm.

50 days after Easter, we recall the sending of the Holy Spirit on the first disciples and the preaching of Peter which peoples understood in their varied languages. We welcome Ven David Gunn-Johnson as our Celebrant and Sabrina Gröschel as our Preacher.

Our Music is the tuneful Mass In F by Charles Wood, and a lovely setting of the Robert Herrick (1591-1674) poem, Litany to the Holy Spirit, by Peter Hurford (1930-).

IN the hour of my distress,
When temptations me oppress,
And when I my sins confess,
Sweet Spirit, comfort me!

When I lie within my bed,
Sick in heart and sick in head,
And with doubts discomforted,
Sweet Spirit, comfort me!

When the house doth sigh and weep,
And the world is drown’d in sleep,
Yet mine eyes the watch do keep,
Sweet Spirit, comfort me!

 

In 2016 we revelled in the rich romanticism of Rheinberger and the lush harmonies of Stopford.  Music – Mass in F, by 19th century Liechtensteiner, Josef Rheinberger; Motet “If ye love me” by contemporary composer, Philip Stopford. WIth the Ven David Gunn-Johnson as Celebrant and Preacher.

Music for 2015 was Missa ‘O quam gloriosum’, by Victoria, and If ye love me, by Thomas Tallis.

SEQUENCE. Veni, Sancte Spiritus.
Come, thou Holy Spirit, come: and from thy celestial home send thy light and brilliancy.
Come, thou father of the poor, come who givest all our store, come the soul’s true radiancy.
Come, of comforters the best, of the soul the sweetest guest, sweetly and refreshingly.
Come, in labour rest most sweet, shade and coolness in the heat, comfort in adversity.
Thou who art the Light most blest, come fulfil their inmost breast, who believe most faithfully.
For without thy Godhead’s dower, man hath nothing in his power, save to work iniquity.
What is filthy make thou pure, what is wounded work its cure, water what is parched and dry.
Gently bend the stubborn will, warm to life the heart that’s chill, guide who goeth erringly.
Fill thy faithful who adore, and confess thee evermore, with thy sevenfold mystery.
Here thy grace and virtue send, grant salvation in the end, and in heaven felicity. Amen. Amen.

Directions


St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Dinham Road, Mount Dinham, Exeter, EX4 4EB