Is it Pentecost yet?

Well, not quite. However, given this Sunday’s (May 19) Gospel lesson, you might think so: I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. -from John 13 On the day of Pentecost this year (June 9), we will read: If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Thursday, May 16, 2019

Doing a new thing

Since 2015, Church of the Holy Communion has commissioned a number of musical works, along with having several dedicated to us. And a couple of those were wonderful surprises for our choirs. At the Alleluia Be Our Measure parish sacred arts festival in May 2015, we premiered our parish hymn, "Come, new heav'n, new earth, descending," with its text by poet and hymnist Susan Palo Cherwien and tune WALNUT GROVE by composer William Bradley Roberts. Our parish handbell ch... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Saturday, May 11, 2019

Episcopal/Anglican Handbells

In church music circles, I believe it a truthful statement to say that most Episcopal parishes do not have active handbell choirs. In Episcopal circles, it seems that Episcopal musicians fall on one side of the handbell fence or the other, with not much middle ground. If the Anglican way is the via media (“middle way”), then falling on either side of the fence is not the truest Anglican virtue, is it? Among my Episcopal music director colleagues, I hear all manner of opinions on... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Thursday, May 2, 2019