30 October 2016

A most glorious Reformation Festival

Sunrise before 7:45 Liturgy
What a joyous day! A musical feast indeed. Timpani and trumpet, strings and chimes, organ and school choir. We sang the lovely Divine Service 5 with all the great chorales (Don't tell Pastor, but I think I could sing THAT service every week without complaint!). Pastor preached us the joy of justification. We received the Lord's Body and Blood amid jubilant praise. There was no trimming in this service:

A Mighty Fortress
Kyrie, God Father
All Glory be to God Alone
Salvation Unto Us Has Come
We All Believe in One True God, Maker
Isaiah Mighty Seer
Lamb of God, Pure and Holy
Built on the Rock
The Lord My God Be Praised
O Lord, We Praise Thee
Lord, Keep Us Steadfast

And the icing on the cake? Not just Carlo's stunning prelude on A Mighty Fortress (Vaclav Nelhybel), but the Toccata and Fugue in d minor postlude. Sigh. A wonderful, wonderful service. About an hour and a half from start to finish.

P.S. EVERYTHING was printed out, which is the only way to really sing Divine Service 5 without losing your mind. 

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