PLUS: Reading & Meditation Suggestions
This page is updated every Wed/Thu during the Choir Year [generally Labor Day weekend thru 2nd Sunday June].
Readings & Meditations [….send me your favorite authors to be included….]

> FORWARD MOVEMENT “Day by Day” [copies of which can be found at the back of the church, the chapel,
and in the office], the link takes you to readings/meditations from previous days; click on "Forward Day by Day" to
see today's selections:  http://prayer.forwardmovement.org/fdbd_archives.php
> JOHN ELDREDGE: http://www.ransomedheart.com/daily-reading/recent 
The potential list of scripture readings for this Sunday can be found here: http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearC_RCL/Lent/CLent2_RCL.html
[together with links where you can listen to the selections]
Sunday, March 17: Lent 2
Hymns / Service Music  
Opening 401 The God of Abraham praise
Back at St. Bartholomew's, New York - strong singing and organ.
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-UV2nTqaTs
Text: https://hymnary.org/hymn/EH1982/401
Hymn of Praise Kyrie - Russian Orthodox setting
No indication as to where this is - could be Catholic or Episcopal, or maybe an Orthodox church.  It is the version we will sing.  However, they sing the "Nine-fold Kyrie" (each phrase is repeated three times), and we will sing the "Three-fold".
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjzQl-ZyDL4
Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16 (Plainsong with Refrain)
Gospel 589 Almighty God, your word is cast    
This hymn will be our Lent "Theme Song", sung each Sunday before and after the Gospel.  It is the featured "New & Review" song that can be heard in the video found at the bottom of this page.  Not to be found on the internet sung by a congregation with this tune. So, the link is to that "riteseries" website - zoom to 200% to see the text and music, and hit the play icon to hear the melody.
Listen: https://www.riteseries.org/song/Hymnal1982/781/
Sanctus From the "Mass of Mercy"
A beautiful interpretation of this setting by a guitarist we have seen before: a Chris Brunelle, singing alone with his guitar.  This is a setting that uses a tune we know for the text "Let all mortal flesh keep silence".
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP24tqOW_vI
Fraction Agnus: S-164 Schubert
The only one I could find with an actual choir - great video of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington D.C.  It is in Latin, has a repeat that is not in our English version, but it IS the music we will be using.
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnEahvqnANE
Communion 570 All who love and serve your city
A powerful text by the 20th century hymn writer Erik Routley  - together with an equally powerful 20th century tune by a Peter Cutts.  The YouTube link only has the melody on two of the verses, the other three are just the accompaniment - both performed by an electronic instrument.  The riteseries link gives you text and music (zoom to 200% to see clearly), and click on the play icon to hear the melody.
Listen 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTf9bEpJfa8
Listen 2: https://www.riteseries.org/song/Hymnal1982/762/
Closing 455 O Love of God, how strong and true
Another location from last week: Holy Trinity, Covina, CA.  Their Opening Hymn - you can see the choir arrive.
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHdOVaRf6j0
Text: https://hymnary.org/hymn/EH1982/455
Offertory Jesus Christ the Apple Tree   E. Poston (1905-1987)                 
Full Choir
The choir of King's College, Cambridge, UK - from 1993.  Excellent!
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cm3fZDZxiko
Communion Adoramus te, Christe   O. Di Lasso (1532-1594)        
Chamber Singers: Tenor & Bass
Three women's voices sing the exact version we will use - however, we have shifted it to 3 part men's voices.  Another excellent rendition.
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cc2YHva9-AM
Postlude TBD - played by our Assistant Director of Music
Postlude TBD - played by our Assistant Director of Music
"New & Review"
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"New & Review"
Sunday, March 17, and the next 3 Sundays of Lent:
             Gospel Hymn - Almighty God, your word is cast