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Choral Eucharist – February 15, 11:15 a.m.

On Sunday, February 15, (following the Annual Meeting)  at 11:15 a.m. the musical portions of the Eucharist (Kyrie, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei) will be sung by the choir. While these are customarily sung by the entire congregation at St. James’s, in many churches, and throughout the majority of Christian history, these portions of the liturgy have been sung by the choir alone. Musicians over the centuries have composed thousands of exquisite settings of the service. We will sing the Communion Service in F by Herbert Sumsion (1899-1995). Sumsion was an English musician who was organist of Gloucester Cathedral from 1928 to 1967. He grew up worshiping and singing in the choir at Gloucester and was recruited to ascend to the organist position in 1928, whereupon he also became director of Gloucester’s famous annual Three Choirs Festival.

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