St. Paul’s Church in Nantucket (Episcopal)
January 28, 2024
Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
Ringing of the Church Bell
Prelude Praeludium in G
Anon.; 16thcentury English
Hymn 380 From all that dwell below the skies Old 100th
Collect for Purity
S236 A Song of Praise Setting: John Rutter (b. 1945)
Glory to you, Lord God of our fathers; you are worthy of praise; glory to you. Glory to you for the radiance of your holy Name; we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever. Glory to you in the splendor of your temple; on the throne of your majesty, glory to you. Glory to you, seated between the Cherubim; we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever. Glory to you, beholding the depths; in the high vault of heaven, glory to you. Glory to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.
Collect of the Day
A Reading from Deuteronomy 18:15-20
A Reading from 1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Sequence Hymn 567 Thine arm, O Lord, in days of old St. Matthew
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark 1:21-28.
Sermon The Rev. Max J. Wolf
Music Meditation Let Thy Merciful Ears, O Lord
Thomas Mudd (ca. 1619-1667)
Let thy merciful ears, O Lord, be open to the prayers of thy humble servants; and that they may obtain their petitions make them to ask such things as shall please thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord, our Lord, Amen
The Prayers of the People
The Peace of the Lord be always with you. And also with you.
Offertory Anthem O Come, Ye Servants of the Lord Choir
Text: Psalm 112 (para.); Music: Christopher Tye (1505-1571)
O come, ye servants of the Lord, and praise his holy name; from early morn to setting sun his might on earth proclaim. His laws are just, and glad the heart; he makes his mercies known: Ye princes come, ye people too, and bow before his throne.
The Holy Communion
The Breaking of the Bread
At the Communion Trio de la Cinquiesme Mode
Peter Philipps (1560-1628)
Postcommunion Prayer (BCP 365)
Hymn 493 O for a thousand tongues to sing Azmon
The people respond: Thanks be to God. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Voluntary Voluntary on Old 100th
Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
All are invited to Coffee Hour
downstairs in Gardner Hall.
Celebrant The Rev. Max J. Wolf
Verger Curtis Barnes
Eucharistic Minister Stacey Stuart
Readers Vicky Goss, Peter Greenhalgh
Ushers Peter Greenhalgh, Steve Paradis
Altar Guild Ann Oliver, Sister Susanna
Music Director & Organist Joe Hammer
This morning’s music features late-Tudor and early Baroque English composers.
Thomas Mudd (ca. 1619-1667)
Mudd came from a renowned musical family. He was a chorister at Peterborough Cathedral (1619) and organist there (1631-2) and at Lincoln (1662) and Exeter (1664) cathedrals. He briefly worked at York Minster (1666). Services and anthems in manuscripts ascribed to ‘Mudd’ may be by him or members of his family.
Christopher Tye (c.1505 – before 1573) was an English Renaissance composer and organist. Probably born in Cambridgeshire, he trained at the University of Cambridge and became the master of the choir at Ely Cathedral. He is noted as the music teacher of Edward VI of England and was held in high esteem for his choral music, as well as chamber works. It is likely that only a small percentage of his compositional output survives, often only as fragments; his Acts of the Apostles was the only work to be published in his lifetime.
Tye ceased composing when he became a clergyman, returning to Ely Cathedral and later becoming rector of Doddington, Cambridgeshire. Today, he is perhaps best known for the hymn "Winchester Old", based on a theme from Acts of the Apostles, which forms the basis of the most performed version in the United Kingdom of "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks".
Peter Philips (also Phillipps, Phillips, Pierre Philippe, Pietro Philippi, Petrus Philippus; c.1560–1628) was an eminent English composer, organist, and Catholic priest exiled to Flanders. He was one of the greatest keyboard virtuosos of his time, and transcribed or arranged several Italian motets and madrigals by such composers as Lassus, Palestrina, and Giulio Caccini for his instruments. Some of his keyboard works are found in the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book. Philips also wrote many sacred choral works.
Henry Purcell (1659-1695) was an English composer of Baroque music. Purcell's musical style was uniquely English, although it incorporated Italian and French elements. Generally considered among the greatest English opera composers, Purcell is often linked with John Dunstaple and William Byrd as England's most important early music composers. No later native-born English composer approached his fame until Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst, William Walton and Benjamin Britten in the 20th century.
Purcell died on November 21, 1695 at his home in Marsham Street, London, at the height of his career. He is believed to have been 35 or 36 years old at the time. The cause of his death is unclear: one theory is that he caught a chill after returning home late from the theatre one night to find that his wife had locked him out. Another is that he succumbed to tuberculosis. Purcell is buried adjacent to the organ in Westminster Abbey.