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Celebrating All Saints Properly

Sunday 30 October is a very special day for All Saints Church Fulham, it’s the nearest Sunday to our patronal festival – All Saints Day – so The Choir will be singing some wonderful and challenging music to enhance the celebrations.

All Saints Fulham Choir at Ely Cathedral by ©Shirley Mukisa

The Choir will be singing propers from William Byrd‘s Gradualia.

This is a vast volume of music, published in two parts, the first in 1605, the second in 1607, but reissued together in 1610, containing over 100 separate pieces of music for the propers (liturgy) for every single major festival throughout the church year. An amazing and almost unparalleled achievement.

The propers are the Introit, Gradual, Alleluia or Tract, Offertory, Communion, and sometimes the Sequence.

At Sung Eucharist, The Choir will be singing 3 of the Propers for the Feast of All Saints, these are all available on CPDL.

Gaudeamus omnes (introit)
Gaudeamus omnes in Domino, diem festum celebrantes sub honore Sanctorum omnium:
de quorum solemnitate gaudent angeli, et collaudant Filium Dei.
Exsultate iusti in Domino: rectos decet collaudatio.

English translation
Let us all rejoice in the Lord, celebrating a festival day in honour of all the Saints: at whose solemnity the Angels rejoice, and give praise to the Son of God.Rejoice ye just in our Lord: praise becometh the righteous.
Psalm 33:1

Justorum animae (offertory)
Justorum animae in manu Dei sunt, et non tanget illos tormentum mortis.
Visi sunt oculis insipientium mori, illi autem sunt in pace

English translation
The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and the torment of death shall not touch them.
They seemed in the eyes of the unwise to die: but they are in peace
Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-3

Beati mundo corde (communion)
Beati mundo corde, quoniam ipsi Deum videbunt.
Beati pacifici, quoniam filii Dei vocabuntur.
Beati qui persecutionem patiuntur propter justitiam, quoniam ipsorum est regnum caelorum.

English translation
Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peace-makers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5: 8-10

This audio is The Sixteen singing the Gaudeamus omnes

If you’d like listen to more of William Byrd, the Wigmore Hall in London, will be staging the William Byrd Sacred Music Series in 2012/3. The “largest ever celebration of the English Renaissance master’s music in London”.


About All Saints Fulham Choir

The All Saints Fulham Church is the home of three choirs. A traditional Parish Choir who sing wide-ranging repertoire which spans nine centuries and tours regularly at home and abroad; a Gospel Choir who sing a mixture of contemporary and traditional gospel styles, and a junior choir for children from Year 3 upwards.


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