11:00am ~ Choral Eucharist (BAS)

Sep 7, 2011     Category: Worship

This service follows the traditional-language service found in the Book of Alternative Services (BAS).  It 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 Holy Communion (the bread and wine) the choir sings a number of motets.  The service concludes with an organ voluntary, played on our Casavant pipe organ by our organist and choirmaster, Jeremy Spurgeon.

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.

The Choral Eucharist at All Saints’ is a joyous, restorative, and much-loved celebration.  Please join us and experience it for yourself.

Children’s Sunday School is offered during this service, as is prayer ministry.

 

 

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