Sermon

Maundy Thursday

Thursday, Apr. 1, 2021

 

Thursday, April 1, 2021
Maundy Thursday
Rev. Douglas duCharme – Fairlawn Avenue United Church
Rev. Liz Mackenzie – Dewi Sant Welsh United Church
Eleanor Daley, Director of Music

Readers:
Hefina Phillips – Dewi Sant Welsh United Church
Derek Wishart – Fairlawn Avenue United Church 
Jill Klaehn – Fairlawn Avenue United Church
Betty Cullingworth – Dewi Sant Welsh United Church 

Elaine Perkins, Video Editor 
Ron Gorveatt, Audio & Video Editor 

 

Meditation O Lord, Hear My Prayer

O Lord, hear my prayer,
O Lord, hear my prayer,
When I call, answer me.
O Lord, hear my prayer,
O Lord, hear my prayer,
Come and listen to me.
(Taizé Community)

 

Opening Hymn Go to Dark Gethsemane

Go to dark Gethsemane,
All who feel the tempter’s power;
Your Redeemer’s conflict see;
Watch with him one bitter hour;
Turn not from his griefs away;
Learn from Jesus Christ to pray.

Follow to the judgement hall;
View the Lord of life arraigned.
O, the wormwood and the gall!
O, the pangs his soul sustained!
Shun not suffering, shame, or loss;
Learn from Christ to bear the cross.

Calvary’s mournful mountain climb;
There, adoring at his feet,
Mark the miracle of time –
God’s own sacrifice complete.
“It is finished,” hear him cry;
Learn from Jesus Christ to die.
(James Montgomery, 1771-1854)

 

Anthem Tristis est anima mea           E. Daley (1988)
Fairlawn Avenue Senior Choir

 

 

Hymn Stay with Me
Taizé Community

 

 

Anthem In Monte Oliveti           Orlando di Lassus (1530/32-1594)

In monte Oliveti oravit ad patrem:
Pater, si fieri potest transeat a me calix iste.
Spiritus quidem promptus est caro autem infirma.
Fiat voluntas tua.

(On the Mount of Olives he prayed to his Father:
“Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me.
The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Let your will be done.)

 

Musical Reflection God So Loved the World           Bob Chilcott (b. 1955)

God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whoso believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life.
(John 3:16)

 

 

Online Worship Service:

 

Readings:

Salmau 116
Reader: Hefina Phillips – Dewi Sant Welsh United Church

Psalm 116
Reader: Derek Wishart – Fairlawn Avenue United Church

John 13:1-11
John 13:12-17
John 13:31-35
Readers:
Jill Klaehn – Fairlawn Avenue United Church
Betty Cullingworth – Dewi Sant Welsh United Church

 

Prayer/Welsh Hymn Calon Lân (A Clean Heart)           Daniel James (1848-1920)
Morriston Orpheus Choir

Nid wy’n gofyn bywyd moethus,
Aur y byd na’i berlau mân:
Gofyn wyf am galon hapus,
Calon onest, calon lân.

Cydgan:
Calon lân yn llawn daioni,
Tecach yw na’r lili dlos:
Dim ond calon lân all ganu–
Canu’r dydd a chanu’r nos.

Pe dymunwn olud bydol,
Chwim adenydd iddo sydd:
Golud calon lân rinweddol
Yn dwyn bythol elw fydd. C

Hwyr a bore fy nymuniad
Gwyd i’r nef ar adain cân
Ar i Dduw, er mwyn fy Ngheidwad,
Roddi i mi galon lân. C
(Daniel James)

(Translation)

I seek not life’s ease and pleasures,
Earthly riches, pearls or gold;
Give to me a heart made happy,
Clean and honest to unfold.

Refrain:
A clean heart o’erflown with goodness,
Fairer than the lilies bright;
A clean heart for ever singing,
Singing through the day and night.

If I cherish earthly treasures,
Swift they flee and all is vain;
A clean heart enriched with virtues,
Brings to me eternal gain. R

Morn and evening my pedition
Wings its flight to heav’n in song;
In the name of my Redeemer,
Make my heart clean, pure and strong. R
(Daniel James)

 

Musical Reflection On the Mount of Olives           Healey Willan (1880-1968)

On the Mount of Olives he prayèd to his Father:
Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me:
the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Watch and pray that ye enter not into temptation.
The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
(Responsaries for the Offices of Tenebrae)

 

Musical Reflection Salvator Mundi (O Saviour of the World)           Herbert Howells (1892-1983)

O Saviour of the world,
Who by thy cross and precious blood hast redeemed us.
Save us and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.
(from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer)

 

 

♪ Music notes ♪

James Montgomery (1771-1854) was a Scottish-born hymn writer, poet and editor, who eventually settled in Sheffield, England. He was raised in the Moravian Church and theologically trained there, and his writings often reflect concern for humanitarian causes, such as the abolition of slavery and the exploitation of child chimney sweeps. Considered to be one of the most important hymn writers of the English language, his Lenten hymn Go to Dark Gethsemane spotlights scenes from the last 12 hours of Jesus Christ’s life.

Tristis est anima mea was composed for the Fairlawn Avenue Senior Choir and first sung on Maundy Thursday, 1988.

Orlando di Lassus (1530/32-1594) was a composer of the late Renaissance era of music, chief representative of the mature polyphonic style of the Franco-Flemish school, and considered to be one of the three most famous and influential musicians in Europe at the end of the 16th century (the other two being Palestrina and Victoria). Information about his early years is scanty, although some uncorroborated stories have survived – the most famous of which is that he was kidnapped three times because of the singular beauty of his singing voice. By the 1560s, Lassus had become quite famous, and composers began to go to Munich to study with him. Andrea Gabrieli went there in 1562, and Giovanni Gabrieli also possibly studied with him in the 1570s. Lassus’ renown also spread outside strictly musical circles, for in 1570 Emperor Maximilian II conferred nobility upon him, a rare circumstance for a composer. Pope Gregory XIII knighted him, and in 1571 and 1573, the king of France, Charles IX, invited him to visit. Some of these kings and aristocrats attempted to woo him away from Munich with more attractive offers, but Lassus was evidently more interested in the stability of his position, and the splendid performance opportunities of Albrecht’s court, than in financial gain. One of the most prolific, versatile, and universal composers of his era, Lassus wrote over 2,000 works in all Latin, French, Italian and German vocal genres known in his time. These include 530 motets, 175 Italian madrigals and villanellas, 150 French chansons, and 90 German lieder.

Bob Chilcott (b. 1955) is a British choral composer, conductor and singer, based in Oxford, England. He has been called “a contemporary hero of British choral music”, and his compositions are performed worldwide. In his early years as a boy soprano chorister and choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, he sang the Pie Jesu in Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem on the famous 1967 King’s College recording, under the direction of the late Sir David Willcocks. In 1985 he joined the acclaimed vocal group the King’s Singers, and sang tenor with them for twelve years. Since 1997, he has worked as a full-time composer, and has written a wide variety of sacred and secular choral music. Bob’s compositions reflect his diverse taste in musical styles, and his commitment to writing music that is singable, as well as appealing and communicative to singers and listeners alike. A number of his 100+ published pieces have been translated into German, Swedish, Norwegian, and Slovenian. The Fairlawn Senior Choir has had the privilege of presenting the Canadian premiere of Bob’s Gloria (2016), and the Toronto premiere of his On Christmas Night (2019).

 

Music Sources:
O Lord, Hear My Prayer https://youtu.be/LKyU5BIlxc0
Go to Dark Gethsemane https://youtu.be/HnqIoFXnY2o
Tristis est anima mea E. Daley
Stay with Me Taizé Community
In Monte Oliveti Orlando di Lassus https://youtu.be/QDghDwMhOP8
God So Loved the World Bob Chilcott https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgURpcfj9ss&list=RDOK9ebzr92xw&index=12
Calon Lân https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rS3sDeChsH0&t=65s