Sunday 24 June

The Birth of John the Baptist

10.00 Parish Eucharist

Order of Service
Ordinary time
Mass setting
David Thorne (b. 1950)—Mass of St Thomas

Canticle during communion
Benedictus to a chant by Thomas Norris

Introit 34 On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry WINCHESTER NEW
Psalm 85.7–end    
Offertory 38 The people that in darkness sat DUNDEE
Communion 235 The great forerunner of the morn THE TRUTH FORM ABOVE
Post Communion 234 Sing we the praises of the great forerunner CHRISTE SANCTORUM 3

Organ music before the service
Flor Peeters (1903–86)—Ut queant laxis ('See that your servants')
Final organ voluntary
Friedrich Wilhelm Zachau (1663–1712)—Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her ('From heaven above to earth I come

All the music this morning relates to John the Baptist, the four hymns most obviously. Instead of a communion motet the choir will sing the Benedictus canticle: a song of thanksgiving attributed by Luke to John the Baptist's father Zechariah. The organ music before the service includes a setting by Flor Peeters of the hymn to John the Baptist 'Ut queant laxis' whose plainsong melody is noted for its role in the history of musical notation.

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