Palm/Passion Sunday Music

Our upcoming service on March 25, Palm/Passion Sunday, will be a beautiful beginning to Holy Week this year. Jim Dant will bring two meditations: one of celebration of Christ’s journey into Jerusalem and one based on the Passion of Christ which we remember during Holy Week in preparation for Easter. The Children’s Choirs will sing hosannas, and the Sanctuary Choir and chamber ensemble will provide music from the beautiful Requiem by John Rutter, written in 1985. It is not a strict setting of the Requiem Mass laid down in Catholic liturgy, but instead is made up of a personal selection of texts, some taken from the Requiem Mass and some from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. The Requiem text of the “Sanctus” (Holy, holy, holy is the Lord) is an affirmation of the glory of God, and the “Agnus Dei” (Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world) is a personal prayer to Christ. Rutter’s setting of Psalm 23, with its exquisite oboe solos, fits beautifully into this music of comfort and hope. After 9/11 in the United States, the Rutter Requiem, with its uplifting music and texts, had more performances than any other Requiem setting. Don’t miss your opportunity to begin your Holy Week with this beautiful music.

— Vivian