SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2019
THE NINETEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
At 9am St. Bart’s Singers offer Erik Routley’s arrangement of Joseph Gelineau’s “By gracious powers” (#696 in The Hymnal 1982.) The melody takes it name, Le Cénacle, from the name of the room in which the Last Supper was held. Gélineau (1920-2008) was a French Catholic Jesuit priest and composer who developed a format of Psalmody sung around the world as well as many Taizé chants. This poem was sent by Bonhoeffer from prison to his mother in a letter dated 28 December 1944, as a New Year Greeting to her and his friends at the opening of the final year of his life, before his execution on 9 April 1945.
The congregational Mass setting at 11am is by Welsh composer William Mathias, who made a significant contribution to twentieth-century organ music and his church music and carols are regularly performed worldwide. Mathias composed many works for royal occasions and this festive, vital Communion setting was written in 1976 for congregational use.
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