Sunday, September 11, 2011

Constance & Her Companions - Sept. 11th, 2011

Constance & her Companions is the name given to a convent of nuns in Memphis, TN who provided aid and comfort to the many victims of the yellow fever plague of 1878. The nuns caught the fever themselves, and all of them died as well. For this, they are lauded as martyrs. Our service explores this sense of divine mission ("The Summons"), sacrifice ("Unsung Heroes", "Throw Down Your Earthly Crown"), and redemption ("Now The Green Blade Riseth", "And On The Third Day"). There are overtones which recognize the victims of Sept. 11th, 2001 but we chose not to refer directly to it during the service.

Service outline

Prelude - "Unsung Heroes" Bill Frisell
Invocation - "The Summons" John Bell
Psalm Tone - "Where Is God?" Stephen Rush [Psalm 25]
2nd reading is taken from Sandra Schneiders
Gospel Hymn - "Now The Green Blade Riseth" trad. carol (French)
Homily by Clara Bosak-Schroder
Prayer Response - "Une Soif" Taizé
Offertory - "Throw Down Your Earthly Crown" Dirk Powell
Sanctus - "Holy, Holy, Holy Lord" Franz Schubert
Lord's Prayer - "The Lord's Prayer" Taizé
Communion Hymn - "Our Soul Is Waiting For God" Taizé
Closing Hymn - "His Eye Is On The Sparrow" C. D. Martin, C. H. Gabriel
Postlude - "And On The Third Day" Mike Gibbs

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