Services & Music, Jul-Aug 2014

Please Note – Two Services originally listed for early August have been cancelled/postponed to give priority to the Requiem in memory of Fr John Hughes on Wednesday 6th August.

St Michael’s is a community of diverse Christians with with a friendly, inclusive fellowship. While our worship is at the Catholic end of the Anglican spectrum, our members and visitors span a surprising range of ages and beliefs and come from both Exeter and much farther afield. All are welcome.

A reminder that our regular services at St Michael’s, Mount Dinham, Exeter, EX4 4EB, are:-
Sunday 10.45 am • Solemn Mass; Sung with Plainsong Propers, a wide repertoire of Settings for Kyrie, Sanctus/Benedictus, Angus Dei, and Motet; Congregational Hymns, Gloria, Creed and Lord’s Prayer (Shaw/Merbecke).
Sunday 6.00 pm • Choral Evensong & Benediction (First Sunday of each month)
Tuesday 6.00 pm • Plainsong Vespers & Meditation (not August)
Tuesday 7.00 pm • Choir Practice
Wednesday 9.30 am • Morning Prayer
Wednesday 10.00 am • Said Low Mass
Thursday 6.00 pm • Plainsong Vespers & Meditation (not August)

Photo by RichardBarnes

Chandel window – 3 angels

As Prof Oliver Nicholson comments,“Worship at St Michael’s follows formal patterns; this formality frees the private prayer of individuals so that it may be offered in a communal context.
It helps to form intimate habits of devotion – and much of life is, after all, lived by habit.
It connects us to the worship of past generations of Christians, so freeing us from the illusion that Christianity was invented yesterday – by us. And we enjoy it!”

Music List for Choral Services. (NEH = New English Hymnal numbers)

The Choir’s repertoire spans six centuries and more; its music characterised by the use of Plainsong, English and European Renaissance polyphony and music of the Anglican choral revival from the past 150 years.

Sunday 6th July, Trinity III, 10.45am Mass. NEH:63:271:376
Setting: Mass in F, Darke. Motet: O for a closer walk with God, Stanford.

Sunday 6th July, 6pm Evensong and Benediction. Responses: Byrd, Office Hymn: 242,
Canticles: Dyson in F, Anthem: How beauteous are their feet, Stanford.
Tantum Ergo & O Salutaris Hostia: Plainsong.

Sunday 13th July, Trinity IV, 10.45am Mass. NEH:415:495:486
Setting: Bairstow in E flat. Motet: If ye love me, Tallis.

Monday 14th July, Young Organists’ Competition, 7.30-9.45pm. Our 9 competitors play approx 12 minute programmes on our new pipe organ to 3 distinguished judges. Prizes and refreshments around 9.20pm.

Sunday 20th July, Trinity V, 10.45am Mass. NEH:379:440:369
Setting: Leighton in D. Motet: Verily, verily I say unto you, Tallis.

Sunday 27th July, Trinity VI, 10.45am Mass. NEH:339:413:367
Setting: Mass for 4 voices, Byrd. Motet: God is a spirit, Sterndale Bennett.

Photo by Richard Barnes

Sanctuary Window – Eucharist and Passion

Sunday 3rd August, Trinity VII, 10.45am Mass. NEH:436:295:368
Setting: Anglican Folk Mass, Shaw. Motet: O taste and see, Vaughan-Williams.

Cancelled; Sunday 3rd August. Owing to Holidays and extra services, there will be NO 6pm Evensong and Benediction on this occasion.

Postponed Monday 4th August Owing to the Requiem Mass on Wednesday, the service to commemorate the beginning of the First World War has been postponed.

Wednesday 6th August, 7.30pm, Requiem Mass in memory of Fr John Hughes. Music will include the Requiem by Gabriel Fauré and the Preacher will be Fr John Henton.

Sunday 10th August, Trinity VIII, 10.45am Mass. NEH:338:353:464
Setting: Mass in the Dorian mode, Tallis. Motet: How beauteous are their feet, Stanford.

Photo by RichardBarnes

Madonna and Child

Friday 15th August, Feast of the Assumption, 7:30pm Mass. NEH:188ii:161t385:185
Setting: Missa “Dixit Maria”, Hassler. Motet: Ave Maria, Arcadelt.

Sunday 17th August, Trinity IX, 10.45am Mass. NEH:332:324:480
Setting: Mass in F, Sumsion. Motet: O Lord, increase our faith, Loosemore.

Also for Sunday 17th August, 6.30pm Evensong at St Martin’s in the Cathedral Close, EX1 1EZ.

Sunday 24th August, St Bartholomew the Apostle, 10.45am Mass. NEH:333:216t433:179t357
Setting: Sarum Mass, Plainsong. Motet: Give us the wings of faith, Bullock.

Sunday 31st August, Trinity XI, 10.45am Mass. NEH:452:408:449
Setting: Mass in A minor, Casciolini. Motet: Christus factus est, Bruckner.