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November 9, 2014

2014-11-09 Notes from the Bench

Requiem by Vernon Williams

A commentary on this week’s music by Dr. James T. Gerber, Music Associate


The month of November begins with two significant liturgical celebrations: All Saints’ Sunday, traditionally observed on November 1, but transferred to the first Sunday in November, and the Commemoration of All Faithful Departed, also known as All Souls’ Day in the Roman Catholic Church, which is observed on November 2nd. It is during these liturgies that we remember and honor all those who have passed before us into eternal life.

While the celebration of All Saints’ honors all deceased Christians, the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed provides an additional opportunity for us to remember and pray for our loved ones. This weekend, the All Saints’ community will commemorate those members of our faith community who have died, during our annual Solemn Requiem for All Souls service. Our Senior Choir will sing a newly composed Requiem setting by Vernon Williams as part of this service, an Arizona premiere and among the first performances of this beautiful choral work.

Vernon Williams, the composer of the setting being sung by our Senior Choir this year, is an American organist and composer who serves as Director of Music at Trinity Episcopal Church in Moorestown, New Jersey. The Requiem was composed in honor of his father. It features warm harmonies and includes all the texts from the Requiem Mass, as well as settings of two Psalms.


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