Mar. 22nd, 2010

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One thing I need to get done this week is to write a talk for Morning Prayers on Thursday. Dr. Austin often turns to choristers to fill slots in the Morning Prayers speaker schedule, and in particular Choral Fellows since we're at Prayers anyway. This happens to be a particularly student-heavy week, with two other Fellows speaking.

Thursday happens to be the Feast of the Annunciation on both the Catholic and Episcopal liturgical calendars. Both the Lectionary and the Book of Common Prayer put down basically the same texts, including Luke's account of the Annunciation, and Psalm 40, "Expectans expectavi." Speakers are free to discourse on anything they feel like, but as an ex-Catholic/wannabe Episcopalian I don't think the liturgical calendar should be completely ignored. Somewhat unfortunately, the anthem that's been put down is some 20th century work (which is fine in and of itself -- I believe in supporting new music) taking its text from the Tao Te Ching. For the Annunciation, I do wish we were doing a Magnificat setting instead, although I can't think of any for TB or TTBB off the top of my head.

Several ideas had been rolling around in my head, but I hadn't checked the liturgical calendar before now. If people are interested I could post my talk when it's done.

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