All Saints Fulham Choir will be in celebration mode for Choral Evensong on Sunday 3rd November as it is the Feast of All Saints.
The anthem for the service is The Spirit of the Lord by Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934).
The piece is the prologue from the oratorio The Apostles Op.49. The piece, first performed in 1903, tells the story of the disciples of Jesus and their reactions to their calling, their experiences of Jesus’s preaching, crucifixion, and ascension.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor: He hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted to preach deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind – to preach the acceptable year of the Lord; to give unto them that mourn a garland for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called the trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified. For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden that causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach the Gospel.
Isaiah 61 1-3, 11