Singing With the Company of Saints
At the beginning of our move to online worship, a conscious decision was made to reduce the amount of singing in our service. This was done in part under the belief that this would be a brief hiatus from our worship together in the church. Since this has developed into a much longer absence from each other than anticipated, Lane and I have agreed to add back two sung elements to our services. As you know, we have sung the Invitatory Psalm, Venite, for the last two weeks. Beginning this Sunday, we will add the second sung piece, which will be a music setting of Te Deum, our gospel canticle. In order that you can understand why we sing these pieces, I have done a new 8-minute video, which you may want to watch before this Sunday. In Te Deum: Our Most Important Hymn, I explain the meaning of canticles, and a bit of the background of Te Deum, which may be the oldest Christian hymn. I hope you find this informative and engaging. On Sunday, please feel free to sing along with S 288, or listen and join in on future Sundays. This Slavonic Chant setting of Te Deum will be printed in the online bulletin for the service, so that you can see the music. It is my hope that this hymn-like musical setting will prove to be the easiest way that we can join in with all the company of heaven in their unending hymn of praise. And don't forget to look at the various hymn-singing videos which have been posted on our YouTube channel, Saints of Austin. And do let me know if you have any questions, or requests for future hymn videos.
Gregory Eaton, organist/choirmaster