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Vol I No. 1
Feasts & Seasons

Choral Evensong with Reflection for the Commemoration of St Thomas Aquinas

by William J. Martin
Image above taken from the upper tier of a polyptych (multi-panelled altarpiece) painted by Carlo Crivelli in 1476   for the high altar of the church of San Domenico, in Ascoli Piceno in the Italian Marche, now in the National Gallery, London, originally placed with Saint Francis at the opposite end of the altarpiece with both  looking up at the Lamentation over the Dead Christ, which was originally in the centre panel of the upper tier (now in New York) The condition of the church shown here is interesting….

Hymn — Lucis Creator optime

Responses — Richard Ayleward (1626-1669) and E.W. Naylor (1867-1934)

Psalm 126: In convertendo — Tone I A 2,

The Advent Choir, Glenn Billingsley, cantor
When the LORD turned again the captivity of Sion, then were we like unto them that dream. 2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, * and our tongue with joy. 3 Then said they among the heathen, * The LORD hath done great things for them. 4 Yea, the LORD hath done great things for us already; * whereof we rejoice. 5 Turn our captivity, O LORD, * as the rivers in the south. 6 They that sow in tears * shall reap in joy. 7 He that now goeth on his way weeping, and beareth forth good seed, * shall doubtless come again with joy, and bring his sheaves with him.

Magnificat and Nunc dimittis: The Short Service — Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)

Anthem: Os justi meditabitur sapientiam, WAB 30 Anton Bruckner (1824 1896)

Os justi meditabitur sapientiam, et lingua ejus loquetur judicium: Lex Dei ejus in corde ipsius, et non supplantabuntur gressus ejus.
The mouth of the righteous shall be exercised in wisdom, and his tongue will be talking of judgment: the Law of his God is in his heart, and his footsteps shall not falter.
(Ps 37:31-32; Gradual Responsory, Common of Doctors of the Church;
tr 1993 John H Uhrig)

Sermon / Address on the life and work of Aquinas

by the Revd. Canon Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff

The Eucharistic hymn, Tantum ergo sacramentum comprising verses 5–6 of the hymn Pange, lingua, gloriosi  a text attributed to St Thomas Aquinas c. 1263) op 18, no 1, in the setting by Charles-Marie Widor (1844–1937),

The Advent Choir, Jeremy Bruns, conductor, Mark Dwyer, organ.

Organ Voluntary: Psalm-Prelude, set 1, no 1; Ps 34:6 — Herbert Howells (1892-1983), Mark Dwyer.

The choral music is from the sound archive of the Choir of the Church of the Advent Boston, under the Direction of Mark Dwyer, by kind permission of the Rector, the Revd. Fr. Douglas Anderson