Rogation Sunday, 6th May, the Sunday before Ascension Day, is the traditional time for “beating the bounds” of the Parish and blessing the crops in the fields.
At St Michael’s we mark the day by starting our 11am Mass with a procession with hymns around Mount Dinham, praying for God to bless our environment, our work and the fruits of the Earth in their seasons. Our celebrant & preacher this year is Fr Christopher Durrant.
Music is the Missa Brevis by Lotti, and the Motet: If ye love me, by Tallis, or possibly Stopford.
Being the 1st Sunday of the month, we also have Choral Evensong & Benediction at 6pm led by Fr Nigel Guthrie.
Sumsion Responses. Psalm 45. Hymn 126. Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis by Sumsion in G. Anthem – Thou visitest the Earth and blessest it, by Greene. O salutaris 269. Tantum ergo, by Fauré in G flat.
In 2016 we sang the Mass Setting – “Missa Entre Vous Fille” by Lassus (1532-94), published in Nuremberg in 1581, a “parody” Mass taking a well-known secular song of the time (with rather dubious words) and using its tune as the musical basis of the Mass setting. Motet – “Thou visitest the Earth and blessest it” by Maurice Greene (1696-1755), one of the few quality English composers of the 18th century.
As it’ was a First Sunday in 2016, we also had Evensong at 6pm featuring “The Heavens are telling the Glory of God” from Haydn’s Oratorio, The Creation, first performed in Vienna in 1799.
In 2015 we sang the Anthem “Greater Love hath no man” by John Ireland, and in 2014 we sang “God looks on nature with a glorious eye” by Graham S Keitch. Words by John Clare (1793-1864). This was a world première performance.
St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Dinham Road, Mount Dinham, Exeter, EX4 4EB