Musical Notes for Epiphany III (Jan. 27, 2019)



Prelude and Fugue in F Major                                                         J. S. Bach


(Hebrews 1:6) Worship Him, all ye His angels; (Psalm 97:8) Zion heard and was glad. The daughters of Judah rejoiced; because of they judgments, O Lord. (Psalm 97:1) The Lord reigneth, let the earth rejoice: Let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.


(Psalm 118:16-17) The right hand of the Lord is exalted: the right hand of the Lord doeth valiantly. I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.

Communion Meditation on “Adoro te devote”                                  Larry Visser


Pastorale                                                                             Christopher Uehlein

The prelude is from the “little eight” preludes and fugues that are attributed to the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750).

The Gregorian chant “Adoro te devote” (Hymn 204) is a 13th century chant set to the Latin 13th century poem by St. Thomas Aquinas, a Roman Catholic theologian. Larry Visser (b.1962), organist/minister of music at LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI, places the tune on a pedal flute with oscillating chords on string stops.

The soft postlude in a lilting pastoral style is by Christopher Moritz Uehlein (b.1931), a Benedictine monk formerly at Blue Cloud Abbey, Marvin, South Dakota.

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