October 2017 at St Michael’s

New Incumbent/Vicar for Parish of St David’s & St Michael’s.
Good News! After a successful discernment & interview process, we are delighted to announce that Rev Prebendary Nigel Guthrie has agreed to join the parish as our new Vicar. Nigel has been Rector of Crediton Parish Church since 2002. Currently Tuesday 16th January 2018 is the proposed date for the Institution and Induction Service at St David’s Church; please keep the date free in your diary. We also extend our thanks to all the Clergy who have helped Fr Christopher and the Wardens keep services going during the Interregnum. Thank you for your prayers.

Reading Group, in lieu of St Michael’s Lecture this month.
For 3 Wednesdays in October, 11, 18 & 25, Oliver Nicholson will lead a Reading Goup at St Michael’s at 7.30pm. We will discuss the Pilgrimage of Egeria to the Holy Land in the 4th century – one of the earliest descriptions of the holy places and practices of the Church. Please join us.

Sun 1st Oct, 10.45am, Dedication Sunday, Fr Christopher. Byrd 5, Bruckner. Bountiful Table.
Sun 1st Oct, 6pm, Choral Evensong & Benediction. Rev Alison & Fr C. Tallis, Stanford.
New – Fri 6th Oct, 7pm, Concert by GRICE and friends – electro-acoustic folk-rock-jazz. £10.
Sun 8th Oct, 10.45am, Trinity XVII, Fr Nigel Mason. Reformation Hymns, Hassler, Bach.
Tue 10th Oct, 6pm, CBS Plainsong Mass – St Paulinus, Bishop of York (644).
Wed 11th Oct, 7.30pm, St Michael’s Reading Group – Egeria, week 1.
Sun 15th Oct, 10.45am, Harvest, Fr Nigel Mason. Harris, Greene.
Mon 16th Oct, 7.30pm, Vocations 18-30 Event at The Imperial.
Tue 17th Oct, 7 for 7.30pm, at St Leonard’s Church, Topsham Road, Deanery Synod Meeting
Wed 18th Oct, 7.30pm, St Michael’s Reading Group – Egeria, week 2.
Thu 19th Oct, 7.30pm, Concert by Exeter Police & Community Male Voice Choir.
Sun 22nd Oct, 10.45am, Trinity XIX, Ven David Gunn-Johnson. Casciolini, Rachmaninov.
Wed 25th Oct, 7.30pm, St Michael’s Reading Group – Egeria, week 3.
Sun 29th Oct. 10.45am, All Saints’ Sunday, Fr C, Rev Alison. Victoria, O quam gloriosum.
Thu 2nd Nov, 7.30pm, Sung Requiem Mass. Fauré, Stanford.

Other Regular Events:-
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6pm Plainsong Vespers & Meditation.
Tuesdays, 7-8.30pm Choir Practice.
Wednesdays, 9.30am BCP Morning Prayer, 10am Low Mass.

Choir Music

Dr Nigel Browne

Dr Nigel Browne

While we are without a Director of Music, our diet is limited mainly to the a cappella repertoire. Thanks to Nigel, our Organist, for running between organ & choir stalls.

Any students from University or College wishing to gain experience singing music in its liturgical context are most welcome to join us. One or two scholarships may be available.

For Dedication Sunday (of our building and of ourselves) we have the Motet ‘Locus Iste’ by Bruckner (1824-96) – This place is made by God, a priceless mystery, without reproof – and strong hymn tunes by Purcell, Gibbons & SSWesley.

Please support our Choral Evensong & Benediction at 6pm on the 1st. Music altered to include accompanied pieces by Charles Villiers Stanford as we welcome Michael Graham as guest Organist.
Playmobil Martin Luther
On 8th October, anticipating the 500th Anniversary of Luther’s 95 Theses on 31st Oct 1517, we have hymn tunes of German origin and a motet by JSBach. The Missa ‘super Dixit Maria’ may seem a strange choice, but Protestant Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612) from Nuremberg studied with Gabrieli in Venice and, as the foremost organist and German composer of his age, wrote Masses for the Catholic Church and Psalm tunes for the Lutheran Church, as well as much ‘secular’ vocal & instrumental music.
Harvest decoration
Harvest is celebrated on 15th Oct – if you can, please bring some non-perishable items to be added to our collection for the Exeter FoodBank. The motet is ‘Thou visitest the Earth’ by Maurice Greene (1696-1755).
Please support the Concert on Thu 18th Oct by Exeter Police & Community Male Voice Choir with an eclectic programme from Sacred to Songs from the Shows.

On 22nd October, we hope to have enough voices to sing ‘Bogoroditse Dyevo’ from Rachmaninov’s Russian Orthodox All-Night Vigil of 1915. The text is subtly different from the Latin ‘Ave Maria’.
Rejoice, O Virgin Mother of God, Mary full of grace, The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, for thou hast borne the Saviour of our souls.

October ends with All Saints’ Sunday on the 29th, singing Victoria’s ‘O quam gloriosum’. The motet written c.1572 was used as the model for his later Missa.

All Souls’ Day, Thursday 2nd November at 7.30pm, we sing Requiem by Gabriel Fauré liturgically, with the Reading of Names of the Departed.

Richard Barnes.