Some notes about our common worship in Lent
Lent is upon us and with the change of season, so has both our seating and much of our worship. With the Bishop's permission, I have written a creedal hymn for use during Mass. It is based on a section of Paul's Letter to the Philippians 2:5-11. This famous passage is better known to scholars as the
Philippian's Hymn, being a hymn form dating from the very first decade of the Early Church(c.50 AD). In this way, long before theological controversies made it necessary to create fuller length creeds, the Early Church made do with a simple form: Jesus Christ is Lord! I have arranged the words to go with one of the lovelier and lilting melodies in all of our hymnody. (Well, that's my opinion anyway ! ) We will sing it as our Creed for the season and I will ask your reflections upon it, though after you've learned it enough.
Learning new things in worship can be awkward. But while we're at it, we'll also try to get more involved, as we have chimes set out across the pews with directions on when to ring them as we sing our Psalms. And since we are members of the worldwide Anglican Communion, we can sing in various languages beyond Latin and English. Our
Holy, Holy, Holy) is an easy tune, sung first in English then in Spanish. In this way, when our Spanish speaking brothers and sisters from our sister parish Cristo Rey, Trenton join us, we'll have some common things to sing together. Come with your usual open hearts and we will make a joyful noise!