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Music: 5 October 
6th-Oct-2008 09:55 am
Ecumenical service was interesting. The sermon was in two parts which dismayed most of the choir. Luckily, he managed not to get too carried away. We sang some horrible key-signature-less piece in between the two parts about washing each other's feet.

The hymns included 'Belmont' again, as there was another baptism (twins, so cute) as well as 'Lasst Uns Erfreuen', something I can't remember, and another something I can't remember...but that had text including the word 'hobgoblin'. That almost put me over the giggle-loop edge.

We sang Stanford's 'Magnificat' for the anthem and the Kyrie 'Orbis Factor' for the introit. The men have a much more difficult time with plainchant compared to the women. Don't know why.


At mass, it was the Sunday of Our Lady of the Rosary.
In celebration of this, the chaplaincy gave everyone in the congregation a rose.
Dr. J and I sang 'Es ist ein Ros entsprungen' while Father J blessed the roses. When singing German with a native speaker, my pronunciation is laughable.

Usual music, though we used 'Lourdes' for the Gloria in honour of the day.
For communion, we sang the plainchant of 'Ave Verum Corpus'.

I was unfamiliar with the psalm tone, so I ended up having to have help with it, but I swear I thought I had them down better than I do. Ach.


All in all, a good Sunday.
6th-Oct-2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
The only hymn I know with "hobgoblin" in it is "To Be a Pilgrim", which has been one of my favourites since childhood. Was there a giant as well?

The version which the Church of England uses replaces "Hobgoblin nor foul fiend" with "No goblin nor foul fiend", which always disappointed me rather. The words are from John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, and I was glad to find when I eventually read it that all hobgoblins, giants and so forth are present in the original.
6th-Oct-2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
That's probably what it was.

I've never read Pilgrim's Progress, for shame.
Thanks for the connection. :)
7th-Oct-2008 09:54 am (UTC) - Hobgoblins
Actually, the version in the English Hymnal includes neither goblins
nor hobgoblins (I believe Percy Dearmer thought them "inappropriate"),
though it does include giants.

Another poem (three short verses) from Pilgrim's Progress which deserves to be better known
is "He that is down need fear no fall", which goes very nicely to the tune Shepherd boy's song,
presumably written specifically for it.

8th-Oct-2008 03:20 pm (UTC) - Salve Regina?
Just a thought, occasioned by the fact that you've just celebrated a Marian feast. Do you guys ever get to sing the Salve Regina?
I don't recall your ever mentioning it (maybe your powers that be think it only belongs at the end of Compline).


8th-Oct-2008 06:11 pm (UTC) - Re: Salve Regina?
You're right, I don't think I mentioned that.

We do sing the Salve Regina.
They preface it each time by reminding the congregation that Bishop Elphinstone asked, in the original charter documents, that the Salve Regina be sung at the end of each main Mass.

I'll make sure to put something in about that in next Sunday's edition.
9th-Oct-2008 02:24 pm (UTC) - Re: Salve Regina?
Wonderful! I must see if I can contrive to bunk off from St Margaret's
one Sunday morning to hear you. What time is the service?


9th-Oct-2008 03:11 pm (UTC) - Re: Salve Regina?
It's actually an evening Mass. :)

We start at 6:30p. I'll be there every weekend except for 19 October.
12th-Oct-2008 01:23 pm (UTC) - Re: Salve Regina?
Thanks. I've just realised that the Deeside Choristers are singing Evensong & Benediction here tonight, which it would be a pity to miss, but I'll see if I can pop up to King's on 26th.


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