25 November 2008

This Sunday

a trio of three women will sing the nine-fold Kyrie, LSB 944. This Russian setting is simply stunning. I can't WAIT to hear it in the Divine Service and pray along with it. I heard the ladies practicing tonight and was blown away. Simple, yet elegant, harmonies that totally serve the text's plea for divine mercy. And yes, it will be sung in Greek!

9 comments:

PHW said...

Pastor, any chance of an audio file?

William Weedon said...

I'll have to see if I can get the recording up - sometimes the DVD and my puter don't play nice together!!!

Elephantschild said...

I got to sing it in the Divine Service while visiting at Bethany- Naperville last weekend. The organ was on the fritz, so we sang it with the piano and a cappella. And yes, in Greek.

Cheryl said...

EC, you beat me to a comment! But I forgive you. :-) Actually, whenever we do this one at Bethany we do it a cappella. So even though the organ was out, we sang it as we normally would. (Of course, having the full choir sing in harmony made it even better.)

I taught this Kyrie to the preschoolers in VBS this past summer, and they loved it. And yes, they learned it in Greek. But we also learned what the Greek meant. Somewhere along the way my 5-year-old got confused and started singing "Christ have mercy, lay-zon." :-) I set him straight, and he sang it correctly Sunday.

BTW, Pastor Weedon, I tagged you today.

Chris said...

Why is there a Russian setting of Lord have merdy in the LSB? Those are ORTHODOX settings. Become Orthodox or don't use them! We don't use Lutheran hymns!

William Weedon said...

Chris,

Whatever speaks truly and beautifully of the faith is ours. We receive it as gift from the Giver of all gifts. I hope your comment was in jest, because if it wasn't, I have to ask you again to refrain from telling Lutherans (which you are not) what we can and can't do. It's rude and it's silly.

William Weedon said...

Oh, and one more point. You DO use Lutheran hymns - at least the Western Rite Vicariate does. Both the King and the Queen of the Chorales are in the St. Ambrose Hymnal along with a variety of other Lutheran pieces.

Chris said...

It was a joke meant it good fun, Fr. Weedon. Sorry you didn't take it that way.

About the Western Rite Vicariate using Lutheran hymns, I am not Western Rite, but I have severe misgivings about them doing such.

Christine said...

Heh, the organist at my parish intoned "Wake, Awake" (Bach setting) for the first Sunday in Advent and our processional hymn for Christ the King was "This Is the Feast!" My Catholic parish is very catholic in its musical offerings.

I still have a wonderful little book written by Philip Pfatteicher "Foretaste of the Feast to Come" that has the most beautiful meditations for Holy Communion taken from the Orthodox, Lutheran, Catholic and Anglican liturgies.

A gem.