This Sunday we welcome the Choir of St. Gregory's back to the 10 AM service of worship! We will also welcome Mr. Michael O'Gieblyn, violin, as our guest musician and I will be back from Japan!  I composed this Sunday's congregational mass setting during my tenure as Cathedral Organist at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine using The Mixolydian Mode , known as the “church mode,” which incorporates a lowered seventh within the major scale. This device is prominent throughout this setting which includes The Venite in place of The Gloria. The Offertory Anthem will be one of Gabriel Fauré’s most beloved works, the Cantique de Jean Racine, composed by Fauré at the age of 19. The composition won him first place prize in the École Niedermeyer de Paris Competition in 1865 and utilizes a paraphrase by the 17th century French playwright Jean Racine of the Latin text “ Verbe, égal au Très-Haut, ” taken from the Latin hymn Consors paterni luminis , a hymn from the breviary for matins. We welcome Mr. Michael O’Gieblyn, violin, to our service of worship on Sunday. Czech composer Antonín Dvořák’s Romanticke kusy or Romantic Pieces, were composed in January of 1887 and are arrangements of a string trio he had previously composed known as Miniatures . The first performance took place on March 30, 1887 in Prague. French composer Camille Saint-Saёns composed The Carnival of the Animals , of which The Swan is the 13th and penultimate movement, in February of 1886 in Paris. Originally scored for cello and piano, it was later adapted as a ballet— The Dying Swan —by Michel Fokine and has become one of the most recognized pieces of romantic repertoire.