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CHORAL MUSIC AT 11:00am

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The Second Sunday in Lent

at All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral, Edmonton

12 March 2017

 

.Kyrie

from Missa Brevis in E flat, by Antonio Lotti

 

Psalm 121

by Jeremy Spurgeon

 

Post Gospel   

Bless the Lord, My Soul, by Jacques Berthier

 

Sanctus and Benedictus       

from Deutsche Mass 1826, by Franz Schubert

 

Agnus Dei  

from Missa Brevis in E flat, by Antonio Lotti

 

During Communion

O Salutaris Hostia, by Edward Elgar

O saving victim, opening wide the gate of heaven to us; our foes press from every side – You give us help and strength. Immortal Godhead, One in Three, we give you endless praise; grant us endless length of days in our true native land with you.

As Moses Lifted Up The Serpent, by Edward Bairstow

As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. I, if I be lifted up, will draw all men unto me.     John 3:14-16; 12:32

 

Organ

Andante (4th movement) from Organ Concerto Op. 4 no.1, by Georg Friedrich Händel

Bishop’s award to Jeremy Spurgeon

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Jeremy with choir

Congratulations to Jeremy Spurgeon who has just become the initial recipient of the Diocese of Edmonton Excellence in Music Award. This award was presented to Jeremy at the opening of Diocesan Synod, 24 Apr 2015, and was given in recognition of his outstanding ministry in the diocese. Jeremy has been the organist and music director at All Saints for 35 years and is considered one of the foremost organists in Canada and has made an enormous contribution to choral music in Alberta both inside and outside the church. As Bishop Jane Alexander said as she presented the aawrd ‘He inspires all who sing with him and those whom he accompanies. He helps the music jump off the page and into the heart”.  Well done Jeremy!

Director of Music, Jeremy Spurgeon

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Jeremy Spurgeon

Jeremy Spurgeon has been the Director of Music at All Saints’ Cathedral since 1980. Read about Jeremy’s work and career. Read about the All Saints’ Cathedral choir.

Contact… email: admin@allsaintscathedral.com phone: (780) 428-6323

All Saints’ Cathedral Choir

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The Cathedral Choir

Choral music has always been central to the liturgy at Anglican cathedrals.  The Cathedral Choir at All Saints’ continues in that tradition, singing some of the greatest church music written across five centuries at the Choral Eucharist every week, Evensong every first Sunday of the month, ordinations as they arise, and special services on High and Holy days throughout the year. 

Among the most loved choral services at All Saints’ are the Lessons and Carols for Advent and the midnight mass on Christmas Eve, when the choir is joined by a brass quintet.  Holy Week—that is, Palm Sunday to Easter Day—is especially busy for the choir.  We sing services for Tenebrae, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday (the Great Vigil), Easter Sunday morning (again joined by the brass quintet), and, finally, Evensong on Easter Sunday night.

Through our music we help to create an act of worship—a drama through which all participants offer prayer and celebration as a gift of beauty to God. 

Call for Choristers

Currently, the choir consists of a small but skilled and dedicated group of men and women.  Several of these have been members for over twenty years.  In fact, one began when he was six years old, under the previous director, Hugh Bancroft. Newcomers, however, are always welcomed with warmth and camaraderie and now outnumber the old-timers. 

Requirements

We are always looking for capable and committed singers. Singers need a good voice, a good ear, and the ability to sight-read or to learn music very quickly.  Because our choir tends to be small, and because music is integral to the services we sing, commitment from every singer is essential.  Ours is a busy and challenging choir.  If that is what you are looking for, we may be the choir for you.  If you have monastic leanings and long to express them through consistent sung ritual, we may be the choir for you. 

Benefits

  We sing twice a week (rehearsal and Choral Eucharist), sometimes more, without ever worrying about fund-raising. 

  We sing some of the most beautiful music ever written, including polyphonic masses and motets of the Renaissance (e.g., Palestrina, Victoria, Tallis, Byrd) in a wonderful acoustic space.

  We work under the gifted musicianship of Jeremy Spurgeon and with other excellent musicians (including, at times, professional guests).

  Your musical skills—especially tuning and sight-reading—will improve rapidly.

  You will experience the thrill of singing services here: a formal liturgy bursting with choral music, the magnificent Casavant organ, and unexpected and satisfying challenges.  As one of our long-timers has said, “Some people sky dive.  I sing in the Cathedral Choir.”

FAQs

When do you rehearse?

Thursday evenings (7:00-9:00) as well as immediately before every service we sing (e.g., Sunday mornings at 10:00 for the Choral Eucharist at 11:00)

Do you break for the summer?

  We break for four to six weeks, usually during July-August. 

Must I be a member of the Anglican church to sing in the choir?

No.  We welcome everyone who cares passionately about music and is willing to commit to the discipline of singing in a cathedral choir.

How do I join?

The director will probably ask you to audition (usually a simple task of singing a few verses of a hymn).   If you would like to arrange an audition or learn more about the choir, please contact Jeremy Spurgeon.

          By phone:  780-421-1263

            By email: cathedralmusic@hotmail.com

 

In your email, please write a line or two about your musical experience—and be sure to include your phone number. 

 

More informally, if you already attend All Saints’, you can catch Jeremy or a choir member in the Cathedral Common after the service. 

 

We look forward to singing with you!

 

 

Choral Eucharist

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Choral Eucharist

“Eucharist” is another name for “mass” or “Holy Communion.”  At All Saints’, we celebrate communion at two services on Sunday mornings: at 9:15, in the contemporary language of the Book of Alternative Services, and at 11:00, the Choral Eucharist, in the traditional language of the Book of Common Prayer.

Both services include hymns, prayers, readings from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, and a homily, and both culminate in the ritual of communion—the sharing of bread and wine that  represent the body and blood of Christ. The receiving of communion by the people is an act of remembrance and discipleship, as well as an act of fellowship with each other.

The Choral Eucharist, at 11:00 a.m., is characterized by heightened ceremony, traditional language, and the prominent roles of the organist and choir.  The choir leads the congregation in the singing of hymns, the psalm, and scripted responses throughout the service.  In addition, the choir sings choral settings of the Ordinary of the Mass, namely the Kyrie, Sanctus, Benedictus, and Agnus Dei.  While the congregation receives communion (the bread and wine) the choir sings a number of motetsThe service concludes with an organ voluntary.

The choral music is chosen from the rich Anglican tradition (from the sixteenth century to the present), as well as from the Catholic tradition predating the Reformation in England.  Much of the music is drawn from the Renaissance, a period considered by many to be the “golden age” of choral music.  Known for its beauty and serenity, this music helps to create a service which, at its best, becomes a place of contemplation and divine encounter.  The frequent use of Latin (and of  Greek in the Kyrie) may seem strange to newcomers at first, but it connects us with centuries of believers who came before, and it allows the spirit of the listener to rise with the music itself, unencumbered for the moment by the constraints of language.

7:00pm ~ CHORAL EVENSONG

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CHORAL EVENSONG

is celebrated on the first Sunday of the month at 7pm.

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.Choral Evensong at All Saints’ is one of Edmonton’s best-kept musical secrets.

Evensong

Normally on the first Sunday of the month, at 7:00pm, priest and choir offer this ancient Service of Evening Prayer set to music. Created by Thomas Cranmer during a time of great uncertainty, danger, and upheaval (the Reformation in the days of Henry VIII), Choral Evensong combines the two older offices of Vespers and Compline.  A work of art as well as a service of prayer, it offers a reprieve from the noise and haste of day-to-day life and can be enjoyed by anyone who loves music and poetic language.  Congregants may join in the singing of three hymns if they wish, but nothing is required of them.

There is no Eucharist (mass), and only a brief meditation rather than a sermon.  Those who attend are simply invited to listen and be at peace.

TAIZE SERVICE (once a month)

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The next service of Taizé is at 7:00pm on

21 May 2017, the 3rd Sunday of the month

(for May only!)

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Taize

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Taizé is a religious community in France.

It is devoted to the pursuit of peace and justice through prayer and meditation. The community, though Western European in origin, has sought to include people and traditions worldwide, and demonstrate this in their music and prayers, with songs sung in many languages. The music emphasizes simple phrases, usually lines from Psalms or other pieces of Scripture, repeated over and over, and sometimes sung in canon.

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Our once a month Taizé services integrate songs from the Taizé community with scripture readings for a peaceful, meditative worship experience focused on God’s Word.

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Taizé services are held at All Saints’ at 7:00pm on the 2nd Sunday of the month.

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