This Sunday's Offertory Anthem,  Ubi Caritas,  was set to music by the French organist and composer  Maurice Duruflé   (1902-1986)  in 1960 as part of his  Quatre motets sur des themes gregoriens, Op. 10.  Duruflé utilizes the ancient Gregorian chant  Ubi Caritas,  which dates to between 300 and 1100 although its actual origin is unknown. The words and chant have survived the ages and is one of the most recognized Gregorian chants known today. Typically performed on Maundy Thursday at the foot washing ceremony, we hear it on Sunday as the Gospel reminds us of being humble before God with a loving and sincere heart.
 
We welcome the Choristers this Sunday as they sing a piece composed by  Sir Henry Walford Davies KCVO OBE (1869-1941)  in 1933 entitled  Blessed are the Pure in Heart,  using the text by John Keble.    An English composer and organist, Davies held the title  Master of the King’s Music  and was an advisor to the  British Broadcasting Corporation  often lecturing on music and became a favorite radio personality from 1924-41. The second Communion Anthem,  Like as the Hart,  was composed by English composer and organist  Herbert Howells CH CBE (1892-1983) , a student at the  Royal College of Music  and whose teachers included Charles Villiers Stanford, Hubert Parry and Charles Wood. Greatly influenced by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Howells' music has become the backbone of Anglican choral music.  Like as the Hart  is also part of a set of four anthems composed in London in January of 1941 during a German air assault. Originally conceived as a set of anthems “in time of war” he simply called them “Four Anthems.” Included in the set are  O Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem, We Have Heard With Our Ears,  and  Let God Arise.  Composed in the span of one day on January 8, 1941, this mysterious and foreboding setting utilizes the text of Psalm 42. 

I'll see you in Church,
-Tim