The Rector writes ‘ Welcome back to church! (and of course welcome to all who are joining us from home via the internet) We are finally back in our sanitised pews , albeit still socially distanced from each other. The Service this morning is all within this booklet which for the foreseeable future will double up as a Pew sheet with the Parish news AND a prayer book with the words of the Service in it. Take a moment to look through it so that you don’t get confused when we begin. We are not singing at the minute but thank you to Bébhinn and Kay for playing the organ for us. Again, a reminder that if you feel even slightly unwell, please don’t come to church at all. If you feel at all unwell during the Service, just let one of the Churchwardens know and they will make sure that you are looked after. If you are sitting in your pew reading this, well then you must have already followed Churchwardens directions getting to your seat ! After the Service, they will let you know when it is your time to leave the church safely. (we fill the pews from the front backwards and then using the one way system, people in the front row exit the church first via the vestry door). Please do remember to bring home this pewsheet and any tissues etc you might have. Finally, don’t forget that for now we can’t stand around outside in groups chatting as we normally would. Thank you all again for your patience and forbearance and we’ll see you all next week. We will get through this together! God bless you all.’
Music notes 05/07/2020
What a pleasure to be back in church today, albeit without singing, but all being well we will be able to worship with hymn singing very soon.
In St Mary’s Church, the organ music today begins with a piece from ‘Five Introductory Voluntaries’ by J.T.Horne. ‘Jock’ Horne served as organist and director of music at St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral from 1922 to 1977.
He was an excellent organist and conductor and founded the St. Fin Barre’s Oratorio Society in 1923 which gave performances of some wonderful musical works under his baton. I remember being impressed by his physical stature and kind demeanour in my time as a student at the Cork School of Music where he also taught.
The hymn of the Gradual today is ‘I heard the voice of Jesus say’. The text was written by Horatius Bonar (1802-1889). Bonar became a minister of the Church of Scotland in 1837, moving to the Free Church of Scotland in 1843. He wrote over six hundred hymns which are direct in their message of devotion and can be deeply affecting. He encouraged hymn singing and the reintroduction of organ playing in church services. At that time only unaccompanied metrical psalms were allowed in Scottish services. The melody is an English folk tune arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams who contributed much to hymnody and sacred music.
The meditative piece before the prayers is an arrangement for organ of the ‘Benedictus’ from the Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins. Jenkins is a professional musician whose background is in jazz and jazz-rock. He received his early musical training from his father who was an organist and choir director as well as a schoolteacher. Jenkins has written several choral works in a more classical style, all concerned with inclusiveness and a message of peace.
Our final piece is a hymn prelude based on ‘Will you come and follow me’ written by Matthew Corl an American organist and composer. He currently serves as principal organist at the First United Methodist Church in Lakeland, Florida. The text for this hymn is written by John L. Bell who is also a minister of the Church of Scotland and strongly associated with the Iona community.
Bell has spent his life encouraging congregations to take a central role in the music of services and travels the world giving workshops in congregational singing. His role in hymn writing (with Graham Maule) and in promoting hymn singing was recognised by the Royal Society of Church Music when they made him a Fellow in 1999.
The melody is the lilting Scottish traditional tune ‘Kelvingrove’ which never fails to lift my spirits and I hope yours too.
Canon Elaine writes ‘Thank you to Bébhinn & Kay for playing for us in St Mary’s and St John’s and don’t forget that the 11am Service from St Mary’s Church will continued to be live-streamed and so you can all hear this lovely music by searching for ‘Carrigaline Union of Parishes’ on Youtube. If you’ve already heard my sermon ’live’, you have my permission to fast forward! ’
Random Notes CCCXLVII
As we return to Church, the seating arrangements are just another thing that we have to get used to.
The “Assignment of Sittings” for St John’s Church, Monkstown in October 1960 is interesting to look at. Although difficult to read from the attached picture, at the bottom is typed:-
“At the request of the select vestry the churchwardens made a revised assignment of Sittings in the Church as shown on the above sketch-plan. There are a number of vacant seats available both in the Gallery and in the side aisles, and the Churchwardens would be pleased to allocate sittings should any Parishioner express a particular desire for them.
C.C.Garde Rector’s Churchwarden.
W.R.Drury People’s Churchwarden.
October 1st 1960.”
Rather than listing all the family names, some interesting ones appear from the 43 pews, including…
Mrs Fox; Mr & Mrs Mahony; Mr & Mrs Chambers; Canon Bourchier, Rectory; Miss Exham; Mrs Exham; Mrs & Miss Llewellyn; Mr & Mrs Denis Dixon; Mr & Mrs Gollock; Mrs Payne; Mrs Bird; Captain & Mrs Foott; Mr & Mrs Fleury; Mrs Harte; The Misses Seymour; D Woodley; Hall; Garde. Mrs Harley was the organist and there were fifteen listed members of the Choir.
However, on the reverse, is the seating plan of five years later, in 1965. This time some new members have joined the congregation, including…Mrs Dalby; Mr & Mrs Kenworthy; Mr & Mrs Nicholson; Mr & Mrs Cuppage; Mr & Mrs Loane.