The Day of Pentecost
May 20, 2018

The Day of Pentecost marks the end of the Great Fifty Days of Easter and celebrates the gift of the Holy Spirit. The liturgical color is red. A number of people in the congregation may be wearing red for Pentecost - it's not just a Nebraska thing! The Paschal Candle burns brightly, as it has throughout the Easter season, and this is the last day to hear and say the "alleluias" at the end of the dismissal. As part of the liturgy, we will renew our baptismal vows. The water of the asperges reminds us of our baptism and our new life in Christ.

Another tradition is the reading of the 2nd chapter of Acts in several languages. From the chaos of the different languages, we hear the message emerge in a clear proclamation. The different languages also represent the "four corners" of the earth. The followers of Jesus, receiving the Holy Spirit, were empowered to proclaim the Gospel. As our closing hymn poetically states, "a hundred men and women turned the known world upside down."

All of today's hymns focus on Pentecost, the Holy Spirit, and baptism. From the classic "Hail thee, festival day" to the modern hymn, "Like the murmur of the dove's song," we celebrate this principal feast with soaring music. The offertory anthem is one of our favorites: an arrangement by P.R. Dietterich of the classic hymn, "Come down, O Love divine." The hymn is a translation of a 14th century text by Bianco da Siena, an Italian mystic poet. The tune, Down Ampney, was composed by a 20th century British composer, Ralph Vaughan Williams. The text is found in The Hymnal 1982, #516. Here is a link to a recording of the hymn: Come down, O Love divine

May we all continue the feast as we "go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit." Alleluia!

Music for The Day of Pentecost
May 20, 2018
Hymns: 225, 296, 513, 509, 506
Psalm: A Hymntune Psalter
Service Music: S-278, 848*, S-128, S-138, S-146, 877*
Vidi Aquam   -Marty Wheeler Burnett (b. 1961)
Come Down, O Love Divine   -Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), arr. P.R. Dietterich
I Will Not Leave You Comfortless   -Everett Titcomb (1884-1968)
Organ music:
Veni, Creator Spiritus   -setting by Wilbur Held (1914-2015)
Prelude in E-Flat Major   -Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)

* from Wonder, Love, and Praise, an authorized supplement to The Hymnal 1982.

Note: next Sunday, May 27, is Trinity Sunday - a special celebration for Trinity Cathedral and the traditional end of the choir year. Prelude music of Bach and Handel for choir, organ, and trumpets will begin at approximately 10:20. The Eucharist will include English cathedral anthems, including I Was Glad by C.H.H. Parry. Please join us!


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