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Fresco from Bulgaria

Come and worship with us at 11 am Mass on Sunday, November 8, 2015 ~ at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Norfolk, Virginia, Princess Ann Road at Upper Stockley Gardens.

Prelude Sunday at 11:00: ‘What Are These That Are Arrayed in White Robes?’ John Stainer (1840-1901)

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.
What are theses that are arrayed in white robes, and whence came they?
These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.
Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in His temple.
They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore: neither shall the sun shine on them, nor any heat.
For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them,
and lead them unto living fountains of waters:
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

Communion 2 Sunday at 11:00: O Lord, Increase My Faith Henry Loosemore (+1670)

O Lord, increase my faith,
strengthen us and confirm us in thy true faith;
endue us with wisdom, charity and patience,
in all our adversities sweet Jesu, say Amen.

youtube.com/watch?v=uj1JcKFABwA

Postlude: Toccata en G Théodore DuBois (1837 – 1924)

youtube.com/watch?v=RHVX1NG90oQ

Come Share the Beauty of Worship

Come celebrate the apostolic faith of the early Christian church.

Icon from Bulgaria

Icon from Bulgaria

Come and worship with us at 11 am Mass on Sunday, October 18, 2015 ~ at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Norfolk, Virginia, Princess Ann Road at Upper Stockley Gardens.

Prelude Sunday at 11:00: ‘Blessed, They’ from A German Requiem Johannes Brahms

Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall have comfort.
They that sow in tears, shall reap in joy.
Who goeth forth and weepeth and beareth precious seed, Shall doubtless return with rejoicing,
and bring her sheaves with her. Blessed are they that mourn…

youtube.com/watch?v=5Tri4tKjPEk

Communion 2 Sunday at 11:00: Deliver us, O Lord our God Adrien Batten (ca. 1591 – ca. 1637)

Deliver us, O Lord our God,
and gather us from among the heathen
that we may give thanks unto thy holy name,
and make our boast of thy praise.
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting and world without end.
And let all the people say, “Amen”.

Postlude: Fanfare Jacques-Nicolas (Jaak-Nicolaas) Lemmens (1823 – 1881)

youtube.com/watch?v=https://youtu.be/xamwXxtoSMo

Fauré’s Requiem

Sunday, the first of November at 4:00 in the afternoon, the Choir of Sacred Heart will sing the Fauré Requiem, in remembrance and honor of our beloved dead.  It is free and open to the public. Email office@sacredheartnorfolk.org or call the office (625- 6763) if you would like to have your loved one’s name printed in the program and read during the Requiem. Donations will be accepted and given to help our Thanksgiving baskets. Come, be spiritually uplifted by this beautiful piece of music and remember those who have gone before us. https://youtu.be/UnilUPXmipM

Come Share the Beauty of Worship

Come celebrate the apostolic faith of the early Christian church.

Frescoes from Bulgaria.

Frescoes from Bulgaria.

Come and worship with us at 11 am Mass on Sunday, October 18, 2015 ~ at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Norfolk, Virginia, Princess Ann Road at Upper Stockley Gardens.

Prelude Sunday at 11:00: Beati quorum via (Psalm 119 vss.1,2) Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)

Blessed are they whose way is blameless, 
who walk in the law of the Lord.

youtube.com/watch?v=HV5gO47aJUI

Communion 2 Sunday at 11:00: O Bone Jesu Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525 or 1526 – 1594)

O good Jesus, O most holy Jesus, O most sweet Jesus,
O Jesus, son of the Virgin Mary, full of piety,
O sweet Jesus, according to your great mercy
have mercy upon me. 

youtube.com/watch?v=fypWkij8VEg

Postlude: Grand Chœur en G Théodore Salomé (1834-1896)

youtube.com/watch?v=https://youtu.be/D50amt9lB9Y

Fauré’s Requiem

Sunday, the first of November at 4:00 in the afternoon, the Choir of Sacred Heart will sing the Fauré Requiem, in remembrance and honor of our beloved dead.  It is free and open to the public. Email office@sacredheartnorfolk.org or call the office (625- 6763) if you would like to have your loved one’s name printed in the program and read during the Requiem. Donations will be accepted and given to help our Thanksgiving baskets. Come, be spiritually uplifted by this beautiful piece of music and remember those who have gone before us. https://youtu.be/UnilUPXmipM

Come Share the Beauty of Worship

Come celebrate the apostolic faith of the early Christian church.

Icon from Bulgaria.

Icon from Bulgaria.

Come and worship with us at 11 am Mass on Sunday ~ at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Norfolk, Virginia, Princess Ann Road at Upper Stockley Gardens.

Prelude Sunday at 11:00: O How Amiable R. Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

O how amiable are thy dwellings:  O Lord of hosts!
My soul hath a desire and longing to enter into the courts of the Lord:
My heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God.
Yea, the sparrow hath found her an house,
and the swallow a nest where she may lay her young:
even thy altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.
Blessed are they that dwell in thy house:
They will alway be praising thee.
The glorious Majesty of the Lord our God be upon us:
prosper thou the work of our hands upon us.
O prosper thou our handywork.
O God, our help in ages past,
Our help for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast, And our eternal home.

youtube.com/watch?v=gDIVFq5ETik

Communion 2 Sunday at 11:00: Day by Day Arthur Biggs, (1906-1954)

[Prayer of St. Richard of Chichester]

Day by Day Dear Lord of Thee, three things I pray,
To see Thee more clearly,
Love Thee more dearly,
follow Thee more nearly,
Day by Day.

Postlude: Symphonie 2 VI. Finale Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)

youtube.com/watch?v=https://youtu.be/rj9YBbarnpI

Concert This Weekend

Also this weekend, Sunday at 4 pm, the Virginia Chorale, a professional chorale, will be at Sacred Heart to present a program called À la Française. They are very good. The price of admission is $25.00. Click on the  link below for more information. http://www.vachorale.org/our-season.html

Fauré’s Requiem

The Choir of Sacred Heart will present the Faure Requiem on November 1 at 4:00 in the afternoon. The concert is in remembrance of parishioners who have died in the past year. In addition other  people who have died in the past year may be added to the program. https://youtu.be/UnilUPXmipM

Come Share the Beauty of Worship

Come celebrate the apostolic faith of the early Christian church.

Icon from Bulgaria.

Icon from Bulgaria.

Come and worship with us at 11 am Mass on Sunday ~ at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Norfolk, Virginia, Princess Ann Road at Upper Stockley Gardens.

Prelude Sunday at 11:00: I will lift up mine eyes [Psalm 121] Leo Sowerby (1895-1968)

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills,
from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the Lord,
which made heaven and earth.
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved:
He that keepeth thee will not slumber.
Behold, He that keepeth Israel
shall neither slumber nor sleep.
My help cometh from the Lord,
which made heaven and earth.
The Lord is thy keeper; thy shade upon thy right hand.
The sun shall not smite thee by day nor the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil, He shall preserve thy soul.
The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore. Amen.

youtube.com/watch?v=QETbN9JIBKE

Communion 2 Sunday at 11:00: I Sat Down Edward Bairstow (1874-1946)

I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.
He brought me to the banquet hall. His banner over me is love. [The Song of Solomon]

youtube.com/watch?v=tugtmKhAVc0

Postlude:1. Marche Gothique” Dix Pièces Théodore Salomé (1834 – 1896)

Come Share the Beauty of Worship

Come celebrate the apostolic faith of the early Christian church.

Icon from Bulgaria.

Come and worship with us at 11 am Mass on Sunday ~ at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Norfolk, Virginia, Princess Ann Road at Upper Stockley Gardens.

Prelude Sunday at 11:00: Херўвимская песнъ No 7 [Cherubic Hymn Number 7] , Dmitry Bortniansky (1751-1825)
(Sung in Church Slavonic)

Let us who mystically represent the cherubim
and who sing the thrice-holy hymn to the life-creating Trinity
now lay aside all cares of this life,
that we may receive the King of all,
who comes invisibly upborn by the angelic host.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

youtube.com/watch?v=wLzJrQyzSJc

Communion 2 Sunday at 11:00 a.m.: Salve Regina [2005] Walter Marshall
Mr. Marshall is the conductor of this motet and a member of the choir.

(Sung in Latin)
Hail Holy Queen, mother of mercy
Hail to your life, our sweetness and our hope.
To you we cry poor banished children of Eve,
To you do we send up sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate\your eyes of mercy towards us.
And after this, our exile,
Show us the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
O Clement, O Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary!

The Salve Regina, also known as the Hail Holy Queen, is a Marian hymn and one of four Marian antiphons sung at different seasons within the Christian liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church. The Salve Regina is traditionally sung at Compline in the time from the Saturday before Trinity Sunday until the Friday before the first Sunday of Advent.

The work was composed during the Middle Ages by German monk Hermann of Reichenau and originally appeared in Latin, the prevalent language of Western Christianity until modern times. Traditionally it has been sung in Latin.

Postlude: ‘Scherzo’ Symphonie 2 Charles Marie Widor

This Scherzo is the product of Widor’s early style period. It was replaced in later versions of the second Symphonie by a long Salve Regina which was influenced by Widor’s study of the works of the French classical composers of the 17th Century. Also the work of the monks of Solesmes on revising and refreshing Gregorian Chant was also a great influence.

youtube.com/watch?v=87yU9cfaJcM

Come Share the Beauty of Worship

Come celebrate the apostolic faith of the early Christian church.

Icon from Bulgaria.

Icon from Bulgaria.

Come and worship with us at 11 am Mass on Sunday ~ at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Norfolk, Virginia, Princess Ann Road at Upper Stockley Gardens.

Prelude Sunday at 11:00 a.m.: Tu Solus qui Faces Mirabilia, Josquin Des Prez ( c.?1450/1455 –  1521)

Part 1: You alone can do wonders,
You alone are the Creator, and created us;
You alone are the Redeemer, and redeemed us
With your most precious blood.
In you alone we find refuge, In you alone we trust,
None other do we worship, Jesus Christ.
To you we pour out our prayers,
Hear our supplication, and grant us our request,
O King of kindness!

Part 2: D’ung aultre amer, (To love another)
would be deceitful:
D’ung aultre amer, (To love another)
would be great stupidity and a sin.
Hear our sighs,
Re-full us with your grace,
O King of kings,
That we may remain joyfully
in your service forever.

Part two of this motet begins with a quote from Josquin’s friend the composer Johannes Ockegem (1410-1497) in old French while all the rest of text is in Latin. The secular chanson D’ung aultre amer is a secular chanson which was very popular in the 15th Century. Josquin also based a Mass on the chanson. Here is a performance of Tu Solus:
youtube.com/watch?v=JIF15LDrypk and a performance of D’ung aultre amer
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zy9fYYL–fg

Communion 2, Sunday at 11:00: Try Me, O Lord [Psalm 139: 23,24] James Nares (1715-1783)
23. Try me, O God, and seek the ground of my heart; *  prove me, and examine my thoughts.
24. Look well if there be any way of wickedness in me: and lead me in the way everlasting.

Postlude: ‘10. Grand Chœur’ Dix Pièces pour Orgue Théodore Salomé (1834 – 1896)

This is not the well known Grand Chœur in G but the Grand Chœur in D.

Since Salomé is not well known here is a short biography.  At the church of La Trinite Cavaillé-Coll also built a choir organ of 12 ranks over two manuals and pedal. Théodore Salomé, who had already occupied the post of choir organist for several years on a temporary organ, continued his services in this position until his death in 1895. In 1871, the organ post at La Trinite in Paris came open and was awarded to Alexandre Guilmant. Replacing Guilmant at the grand organ during the latter’s concert tours in the United States. Guilmant and Salomé became great friends, dedicating numerous compositions to each other. Théodore Salomé played for masses and religious services with great talent and knowledge. His religious compositions were often sung by the choir of Sainte-Trinité, which was composed of some 20 children and 10 professional singers, under the capable direction of their choirmaster, Emile Bouichere. It was there, that on the 5th of June 1875, that Salomé presided at the organ for the funeral mass of Georges Bizet, in the presence of 4000 people. For a prélude, Salomé improvised on themes from Bizet’s opera Les pêcheurs de perles (“The Pearl Fishers”) then during the absolution improvised on themes from Carmen.

View of Église de la Sainte-Trinité towards Montmartre.

Salomé sat in on juries, solfège and composition exams at the Conservatoire de Paris when available, but his church work always came first. He even wrote to his pastor in August 1887 asking for a raise to at least as much as what his colleagues at the churches of Saint-Augustin, Saint-Louis, and La Madeleine were making.

Come Share the Beauty of Worship

Come celebrate the apostolic faith of the early Christian church.

Fresco from Florence, Italy.

Fresco from Florence, Italy.

Come and worship with us at 11 am Mass on Sunday ~ at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Norfolk, Virginia, Princess Ann Road at Upper Stockley Gardens.

Sunday 11 a.m.: Choir Prelude: What Wondrous Love Is This Arr. by Robert Shaw and Alice Parker

1. What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul?
What wondrous love is this, O my soul?
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul;
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul?

2. To God and to the Lamb I will sing, I will sing;
To God and to the Lamb I will sing;
To God and to the Lamb who is the great I AM,
While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing;
While millions join the theme, I will sing.

3. And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on;
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on;
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing and joyful be,
And through eternity, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on!
And through eternity, I’ll sing on.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoIpB3Z9ZQs

Communion 2: Lord, for thy tender mercy’s sake, Richard Farrant (1530-1580) Text: Lidley’s Prayers, 1566

Lord, for thy tender mercy’s sake,
lay not our sins to our charge,
but forgive that is past, and give us grace to amend our sinful lives.
To decline from sin and incline to virtue,
that we may walk in a perfect heart before thee,
now and evermore. Amen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuqfS2KqChs

Postlude: Toccata Eugène Gigout (1844-1925)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQvchO39eFY

Come Share the Beauty of Worship

Come celebrate the apostolic faith of the early Christian church.

Icon from Bulgaria

Come and worship with us at 11 am Mass on Sunday ~ at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Norfolk, Virginia, Princess Ann Road at Upper Stockley Gardens.

Prelude Sunday at 11:00: Ain’-a That Good News, William Levi Dawson (1886-1970)

1. I got a crown up in-a the Kingdom, 
Ain’-a that good news!
I’m a-goin’ to lay down this worl’, 
Goin’-a shoulder up-uh my cross,
Goin’-a take it home-a to my Jesus, 
Ain’-a that good news! 2. I got a harp up in-a the Kingdom, etc.

3. I got a robe up in-a the Kingdom , etc.

4. I got a Saviour in-a the Kingdom, etc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUNrEtS0KeY

Communion 2, Sunday at 11:00: Turn Thy Face from My Sins, Thomas Attwood (1765-1838)

Turn thy face from my sins, and put out all my misdeeds.
Make me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence, and take not thy Holy Spirit from me. [Ps.51:9-11]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqgOMVfPr_c

Postlude: ‘Wir glauben all’an einen Gott’ from the Clavierübung Part III BVW 680
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiVA5wuRalY