Friday, February 8, 2008

A Long Week

It's so lovely to see this long week come, finally, to an end. I've been more tired this week than normal, and more cranky, so it's a pleasant thought to look ahead to renewed positive energy next week.

And next week is going to be a GREAT WEEK because at the end of it comes the Bach and Handel concert into which we've been putting so much work. I'm so excited for Chamber Choir and for WH as we bring this massive project to a close.

Sunday morning, we celebrate Lent 1 with our once-a-year service of Morning Prayer, complete with sung Litany and Procession. It is such a beautiful liturgical celebration, and there is A TON to be sung! We start with the Preces (precented by me!), then chant the Venite and the Psalm, then we get a break for a reading. Then we do the Benedicite (a beautiful arrangement by Godfrey Hewitt) and the Benedictus, and then the Litany, led by WH, during which we process around the church, an act that so beautifully represents wrapping the church in prayer. And then we finish it all up with an Anthem! It's not a very long service, but a choir member definitely feels as though she has acquired her daily vocal workout, that's for sure!

Oh Lord, open Thou our lips;
And our mouths shall show forth Thy praise.

Oh God, make speed to save us;
Oh Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen

Praise ye the Lord!
The Lord's name be praised!


Crimson Rambler said...

Can hardly wait!

Jan said...

I felt like that this week, too. Praise the Lord!