Vol I No. 7

Evensong  On the occasion of The Commemoration of John Mason Neale

by sinetortus

(Photo from the Richard Mammana collection)


Evensong  On the occasion of

The Commemoration of John Mason Neale,

7th August, 2020

for the Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair

Priest in Charge, The Revd Dr. Richard Fermer

Officiant and Preacher,

The Revd. Canon Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff


Opening Hymn:

Of the Father’s Love Begotten

Divinum mysterium

arr. David Willcocks (1919-2015)

Translated by J.M. Neale

1 Of the Father’s love begotten,

ere the worlds began to be,

he is Alpha and Omega;

he the source, the ending he,

of the things that are, that have been,

and that future years shall see,

evermore and evermore!

2 By his Word was all created;

he commanded; it was done:

heaven and earth and depths of ocean,

universe of three in one,

all that sees the moon’s soft shining,

all that breathes beneath the sun,

evermore and evermore!  ……


Psalm 37:3-9,

sung to the chant by

Ivor Algernon Atkins (1869-1953)

Put thou thy trust in the Lord, and be doing good : dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. 4 Delight thou in the Lord : and he shall give thee thy heart’s desire. 5 Commit thy way unto the Lord, and put thy trust in him : and he shall bring it to pass. 6 He shall make thy righteousness as clear as the light : and thy just dealing as the noon-day. 7 Hold thee still in the Lord, and abide patiently upon him : but grieve not thyself at him whose way doth prosper, against the man that doeth after evil counsels. 8 Leave off from wrath, and let go displeasure : fret not thyself, else shalt thou be moved to do evil. 9 Wicked doers shall be rooted out : and they that patiently abide the Lord, those shall inherit the land. GLORIA PATRI.




Nunc Dimittis

from the Mt St Alban Service,

David Hogan (1949-1996)


The Anthem:

And the glory of the Lord (Messiah)

George Frederick Handel (1685–1759)

And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together:

for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it
[Isaiah 40: 1–8]




Recessional Hymn:

Christ is made the sure foundation,

1 Christ is made the sure foundation,

Christ the head and cornerstone,

chosen of the Lord and precious,

binding all the church in one;

holy Zion’s help forever,

and her confidence alone.

2 All that dedicated city,

dearly loved of God on high,

in exultant jubilation

pours perpetual melody;

God the One in Three adoring

in glad hymns eternally.

3 To this temple, where we call thee,

come, O Lord of hosts, today:

with thy wonted loving-kindness

hear thy people as they pray;

and thy fullest benediction

shed within its walls alway.

4 Here vouchsafe to all thy servants

what they ask of thee to gain,

what they gain from thee forever

with the blessed to retain,

and hereafter in thy glory

evermore with thee to reign.

5 Laud and honor to the Father,

laud and honor to the Son,

laud and honor to the Spirit,

ever Three and ever One,

One in might, and One in glory,

while unending ages run.

Translated from the Latin: Angularis fundamentum,

by J. M Neal. Sung to the tune Westminster by Purcell

Postlude: Paean (1940) by Herbert Howells,

played by Katelyn Emerson,

recorded live on Easter day, 1 April 2018 on the 1935 Aeolian-Skinner organ in The Church of the Advent, Boston, MA


The music from the Advent is here included by kind permission of the Rector Fr Douglas Anderson and performed under the direction of Mark Dwyer the Director of Music, assisted by Jeremy Bruns.