Rejoice in the Lord Always by Henry Purcell

The Bell Anthem was the original title of our musical offering this week; it only later became known as Rejoice in the Lord Always. Originally, it had a “symphony” of strings for the introduction that sounded like the pealing of bells, and then the voices entered with the text, “Rejoice in the Lord always” from Philippians 4:4-7. The composer, Henry Purcell, lived only 36years ( 1659-1695), but his numerous church and theater compositions are still performed and appreciated. At 20, he was appointed organist of Westminster Abbey. I will never forget seeing his semi-opera, King Arthur, at the Early Music Festival in Boston years ago, and Dido and Aeneas at Julliard with Richard Pittsinger.

This anthem’s text reminds us to have joy in the Lord: not to be anxious, but be hopeful, thankful, and have peace in knowing that your prayer requests will be taken care of.
 
Our choir this week: Phred Mileski, Gerri Smith; soprano, Nancy Lewandowski, alto Jim Myslik; tenor; Scott Konrad: bass
 
We thank them all for taking time to record at home and bring us this beautiful anthem. Extra thanks to Scott for stitching this together and working a little magic. 

All members of our congregation are welcome to join us in our weekly offerings. Please email music@stjohnsessex.org if you would like to participate.

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