|The Gospel reading this week ends with a very familiar phrase that is also part of our anthem’s text. “When two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” The words of this beautiful anthem link us with the disciples who gathered at Christ’s table, and we are “tethered” by the Holy Spirit that links Christians of every time and place together to serve the world.|
If you look at the anthem, you will see the words are by “B.R.” which is a non de plume for Percy Dearmer. He served with Ralph Vaughn Williams editing The English Hymnal of 1906 and was very influential in British hymnody during the 20th century. Percy was a professor of ecclesiastical art at Kings College.
This anthem’s music was composed by Harold Friedell, born in Jamaica, Queens, (1905-1958). He was a professor of theory and composition at the School of Sacred Music at Union Theological Seminary in NYC. He was also organist of St Bartholomew’s. This anthem was composed in 1957. In 1958, Friedell died of a heart attack as he made his way through deep snow to a train in Hastings on Hudson.
We thank sopranos Phred Mileski and Gerri Smith, altos Nancy Lewandowski and Chris Woodside, tenor Jim Myslik (who is joining us for the first time this week!) bass Scott Konrad who also did the little magic of putting it all together for us. This takes time and effort during the week, and we are very appreciative of their gift of music.
We are always looking for new volunteers and hope that you will support us in our efforts, with your comments or by offering to sing, play an instrument, or help with the recording’s technical side. Everything can be done from your home, but you do need the internet!