With the new academic year, activities are resuming at St Michael’s too; do come and visit us if you can. A special mention for Sunday 13th Sept, when Deacons are ordained at the Cathedral in the morning and we will welcome Chris Durrant as our new Curate in the evening. Also Michaelmas at the end of the month; Feast Day or ordinary, in person or on-line, you are always welcome.
Tuesday 1st September at 6pm. CBS Mass for the Feast of St Giles of Provence (710), Hermit, with Hymns and Plainsong Propers. All welcome. N.B. No Choir Practice this Tuesday; please be prompt on Sunday.
Each Wednesday morning there is Prayer Book Matins at 9.30 and Low Mass is said at 10am.
Tuesday & Thursday Vespers & Meditation at 6pm resume on Thursday 3rd September.
Sunday 6th September, Trinity XIV, 10.45am Sung Mass. Setting: Mass for Three Voices, Byrd. Motet: Sicut Cervus, Palestrina. Some beautiful a cappella Byrd and a motet from Psalm 42; Like as the deer desires springs of water.
Sun 6 Sept, 6pm, Evensong and Benediction.
Responses: Reading. Psalm: 119 vv 41-56. Office Hymn: 241. Canticles: Noble in B minor.
Anthem: Verleih Uns Frieden, Mendelssohn. O salutaris: Elgar. Tantum Ergo: Fauré (G flat).
A Romantic Choral Evensong pretty much all the way. The German text is Luther’s translation of a Latin Response which Cranmer renders as “Give peace in our time, O Lord: because there is none other that fighteth for us, but only Thou, O God.”
Wed 9 Sept, remember Father Charles Fuge Lowder (1820-80), Founder of the Society of the Holy Cross and pioneering Anglo-Catholic priest in Wapping & London Docks.
Saturday 12th September, Heritage Open Day 8am-6pm, and Devon Historic Churches Trust Ride & Stride. Also, Installation of Rt Revd Sarah Mullally as our new Bishop of Crediton in Exeter Cathedral at 4pm.
Sunday 13th September, Eve of Exultation of the Holy Cross.
Heritage Open Day 10am-6pm, Guided Tour of Mount Dinham & our Church at 2.30pm with Richard Parker.
10am in Exeter Cathedral, Ordination of Deacons, including Chris Durrant and Stephen Martin.
No choir for 10.45am Low Mass.
6pm Parish Sung Mass and Bring & Share Party at St Michael’s to Welcome Chris Durrant (and his wife Jenny) as our newly Ordained Deacon and Curate. All welcome, from St David’s, St James’ and further afield.
Hymns include Lift High the Cross. Setting: Missa Super Dixit Maria, Hans Leo Hassler.
Motet: Salvator Mundi, Thomas Tallis. O Saviour of the world, save us, who by thy cross and blood hast redeemed us, help us, we pray thee, our God.
Tuesday 15th September at 7pm. Open Choir Practice, for anyone wanting to sing a wide variety of sacred choral music in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with the rather good choir at St Mike’s. We hope to appoint three Junior Choral Scholars following an audition. This could be of particular interest to anyone considering applying for a University or College Choral Scholarship and looking to gain experience. Please contact Erika Borley, Director of Music, if you know of anyone interested in this.
Wed 16 Sept, remember Ninian, Bishop of Galloway (432) and Edward Bouverie Pusey, one of the founders of the Oxford Movement (1882).
Thur 17 Sept, remember Hildegard, Abbess of Bingen, Visionary and Musician (1179).
Sunday 20th September, Trinity XVI, 10.45am Mass. Setting: Mass in A minor, Casciolini. Motet: Ubi Caritas, Duruflé. Where Care and Love are, there God is. Gregorian chant beautifully re-imagined in 1960 Paris.
Tuesday 22nd September at 7pm. Another Open Choir Practice at St Mike’s. We hope to appoint an Ouseley Trust Scholar and two Senior Choral Scholars from Exeter University students following auditions.
Sunday 27th September, Trinity XVII, 10.45am Mass. Setting: Mass in the Phrygian Mode, Wood. Motet: View Me Lord, Lloyd. Two 20th century composers looking back to medieval sacred music and an Elizabethan poem by Thomas Campion.
Tuesday 29th September, Michaelmas is celebrated with 7.30pm Sung Mass, followed by a Bring & Share Party – please join us. Our Guest Preacher is Ven David Gunn-Johnson.
Setting: Mass in F, Josef Rheinberger – Liechtenstein’s famous contemporary of Queen Victoria. Motet: Faire is the Heaven, Sir William Harris – A high point of 20th century Anglican music from an Organist of Sr George’s Chapel, Windsor, setting a 16th century poem by Edmund Spenser.
While we often shorten our church’s title to St Michael’s, it’s good also to let the “and All” Angels remind us that God values us all as his children, wherever we are on the pilgrimage of faith; and all are welcome here, quiet, confident or questioning.
Wednesday 30th September, 7.30pm, St Michael’s Lecture. The Venerable David Gunn-Johnson considers Crusader Spirituality, 11th Century Radicalisation, and whether there be any lessons for or parallels with our times.
Sunday 4th October, we will celebrate St Francis of Assisi, 10.45am Mass. Hymns include Make Me a Channel of Your Peace. Setting: Missa L’Hora Passa, Viadana. Motet: Laudans Exsultet Gaudio, Croce. A double choir celebration of Beati Sancti Francisci.
Sun 4 Oct, 6pm, Choral Evensong and Benediction.
Responses: Smith. Psalm: 125, 126. Office Hymn: 242. Canticles: Walmisley in D minor. Anthem: O Lord the Maker of All Thing, Mundy. O salutaris: 269, Tantum Ergo: 268.