The music and texts mentioned in this post are available for download at the end, and may be used freely with attribution.
It is said that the authors of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer assumed that Rite One would quickly go the way of the dodo bird. Despite their alleged intentions, forty-three years later, the parish I serve as rector uses Rite One language at all services.
The Hymnal 1982 reflects that position as the service music for Rite One is lacking, specifically when it comes to complete settings of the Mass ordinary (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei). For example, the hymnal contains the Kyrie and Sanctus from James McGregor's Missa Verbum Caro (S-89 and S-117, respectively), but not the Agnus Dei he composed as part of the set. Because his Agnus Dei is under copyright, I asked our parish organist, Dr. Geoff Wilcken, to compose a suitable tune in the same spirit of McGregor's composition which is based on Hans Leo Hassler's sixteenth-century motet Verbum caro factum est . During seasons when the Gloria is suppressed (Advent, Lent, and the old pre-Lenten season), this constitutes a complete Mass setting, provided that the Nicene Creed is spoken or sung to a traditional chant tone (e.g. S-103).
St. Mary's uses Rite One language, but making every attempt to live fully into the 1979 BCP, we use this rubric on page 14 liberally: "In any of the Proper Liturgies for Special Days, and in other services contained in this Book celebrated in the context of a Rite One service, the contemporary idiom may be conformed to traditional language." This means that we use not only the two Rite One Eucharistic prayers, we also use the Rite Two Eucharistic prayers in Rite One idiom. Well, we've used three of the four Rite Two prayers as found in the Anglican Service Book, but Eucharistic Prayer C is not included.
Mr. John Wallace, a layman from the Diocese of Pennsylvania, recently set Prayer C to Rite One idiom, and Dr. Wilcken set the text to music in the spirit of Hassler's motet. It is a unique setting in that the entire Eucharistic Prayer - from the Sursum Corda to the Great Amen - is sung.
St. Mary's is using this setting during Shrovetide and Lent 2022, and we are pleased to offer it for use throughout the Church.
And the Word was Made Flesh
Kyrie: The Hymnal 1982, #S-89 (James McGregor) (listen here)
Sanctus: The Hymnal 1982, #S-117 (James McGregor) (listen here)
Agnus Dei: Click here (Geoff Wilcken) (listen here)
Eucharistic Prayer C in Rite I Idiom - text only (Tr.: John Wallace)
Eucharistic Prayer C in Rite I Idiom - sung setting (Music: Geoff Wilcken) (listen here)
Dear St. Mary's Family,
The Episcopal Church is so named, in part, because we value the ministry of bishops (episcopal means "of or relating to a bishop"). Bishop Diane Bruce, our new Bishop Provisional, has asked me to serve the Diocese as Vocations Missioner, and having received the consent of our Vestry, I have accepted. In this role, I will provide oversight to the ordination process of the Diocese, working closely with the Bishop and Commission on Ministry in the recruitment, discernment, and formation of those called to vocational ministry in the Church, both lay and ordained.
This work will be above and beyond my full-time ministry at St. Mary's. In other words, I'm not going anywhere! Rather than increasing my compensation, at my request, the Diocese will reimburse St. Mary's for one-fourth of my compensation, giving the Vestry the ability to spend the money as it wishes. Last night, the Vestry approved my request to use some of these funds for a quarter-time (approx. 10 hours per week) Associate Rector position.
It is with delight that I announce the promotion of Fr. Sean Kim to Associate Rector of St. Mary's Church. Fr. Sean has been a faithful priest on the clergy staff at our parish since April 2019, serving in a non-stipendiary capacity. We will see a bit more of Fr. Sean in his new role as he will no longer serve at other parishes one Sunday per month, and he will be taking on more ministry responsibility in various areas slowly over time. Please join me in congratulating him!
Don't hesitate to reach out to me or either of the Wardens if you have any questions or concerns. See you soon in church!
Fr. Charles Everson's love for music and liturgy led him to a suburban parish as a simple chorister, and as of late, to St. Mary's as a priest. He feels called to share the love of Jesus Christ with a broken world in desperate need of hope and reconciliation.