Sunday 3 February

The Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas)

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist

Order of Service
The All-age Parish Eucharist for the Feast of Candlemas—the Presentation of Christ in the Temple
Mass setting
Noel Rawsthorne (1929–2019)—Festive Eucharist

Motet during communion
Johannes Eccard (1553–1611)—Maria wallt zum Heiligtum ('When Mary to the temple went')

Introit 44 Angels from the realms of glory IRIS
Gradual  — Fling wide the gates, unbar the ancient doors CRUCIFER
Offertory  — Restore, O Lord, the honour of your name RESTORE, O LORD
Communion 2 Christ, whose glory fills the skies RATISBON
Lighting of candles 80 The Kingdom of God is justice and joy LOURDES
Plainchant Nunc Dimittis      

Organ music before the service
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)—Herr Gott, nun schleuss den Himmel auf ('Lord God, now open up the heavens')
Final organ voluntary
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)—Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin ('With peace and joy I depart')

5.30 p.m. Evensong

Office Hymn 16 Hail, gladdening Light SEBASTE
Psalm 132
Canticles: Set D
Hymn before sermon 165 Angel voices, ever singing ANGEL VOICES
Hymn after sermon 628 Faithful vigil ended PASTOR PASTORUM
Final hymn 429 Of the Father’s love begotten DIVINUM MYSTERIUM

Organ music before the service
Félix-Alexandre Guilmant (1837–1911)—Lumen ad Revelationem Op. 65 Bk 1

We celebrate the feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas). The organ music before and after the morning Eucharist is based on Lutheran versions of the Nunc dimittis that we also sing to its plainsong melody. We also acknowledge the death last Monday of Noel Rawsthorne as we sing his Festive Eucharist, written in 1978 to commemorate the completion of Liverpool Cathedral.

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