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Third Sunday before Advent 2021
7 November 2021
Today’s readings: 1 Kings 17:10-16; Mark 12:38-44.
Let us pray:

God of mercy and power,
protect us from all harm.
Give us freedom of spirit and health in mind and body
to do your work on earth.
Through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Amen.
 

Organ Voluntary

Fantasie on ‘Wie maar de goede God laat zorgen’ – John Propitius.
A Fantasie on the Dutch, originally German, hymn which loosely translates as ‘Just trust in the good God who cares for you,’ or perhaps, ‘Trust only in the good God, who cares for you.’
A beautifully reflective and meditative beginning livens up half-way through.  It’s a piece which has grown on me and is worth listening to more than once:
 
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Today’s hymn


Come ye faithful, raise the anthem:
 
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Music from Matthew


Today at the offertory Carola will sing this beautiful song by Strauss, ‘Allerseelen’. With its allusion to All Souls’ Day (last Tuesday) the poem by Hermann von Gilm is one of a set which Strauss turned into a song cycle.
‘Allerseelen’ by Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Place on the table the fragrant mignonettes, Bring in the last red asters, and let us talk of love again, as once we did in May. Give me your hand, so that I may secretly press it; and if someone sees, it’s all one to me. Just give me one of your sweet glances, as once you did in May. Flowers bloom and spread their fragrance today on every grave; one day in the year is sacred for the dead. Come close to my heart, so that I can have you again, as once I did in May.
Alfredo García (baritone), Babette Hierholzer (piano)
https://youtu.be/8UdPkyfhwYY
 
We sometimes have the virtuosic ‘Alleluia’ from Mozart’s motet Exsultate Jubilate sung here following the Exsultet on Holy Saturday. During communion, a chance to hear the slow movement from that work, ‘Tu virginam corona’.
‘Tu virginam corona’ from Exsultate Jubilate K.165 by W.A. Mozart (1756-91)
You, O crown of virgins, grant us peace, console our feelings, from which our hearts sigh.
 
Dame Emma Kirkby (soprano)
The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood (director)
https://youtu.be/KpmCQFkiacQ
 

Michael Nazir-Ali converts to Roman Catholicism


Some of you may have seen in the news that Michael Nazir-Ali, former Bishop of Rochester, has just converted to Roman Catholicism.  Here’s a somewhat curious interview he gave to Nigel Farage recently in which he makes some quite strong points about the current state of the leadership of the Church of England (Ignore his briefs comments on Turkey which are almost totally wrong!):
 
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Gert Van Hoef – Livestream


Broadcast live on Thursday 4th November 2021:
 
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