We have to lovely pieces from our choir this week. Our choir will present a beautiful piece by Mikhail Mikhailovich Ippolitov-Ivanov (1859-1935) during the offertory. This piece, sung a cappella (unaccompanied), is a classic work from the Russian church repertoire. A composer, teacher, and conductor, Ippolitov-Ivanov was not a church musician per se. However, he did compose several beautiful sacred works in a distinctly Russian Romantic style. During communion, a small group from the choir will chant the ancient Gregorian hymn, Ubi Caritas. This chant is often sung on Manudy Thursday. If you are interested in the text for this piece, you can find it in the Hymnal 1982 at number 606. The text has everything to do with unity, love, and community. Listen to the lyrical and unmeasured nature of the chant this Sunday. Gregorian chant is the church's original and therefore its oldest music. Let this piece help you meditate and pray as you commune with God and neighbor.
Christopher W. Powell
Organist and Choir Master