Holy Week and Easter at Saint Mark's

Palm Sunday, March 25

8 a.m. - Low Mass

Sermon by Father Mullen

9 a.m. - Family Mass

Sermon by The Rt. Rev. Allen Shin, Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of New York

Improperium – McNeil Robinson (1943-2015)

11 a.m. - Blessing of Palms & Solemn High Mass

Sermon by The Rt. Rev. Allen Shin, Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of New York

Hosanna to the Son of David – Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
Missa in die tribulationis – McNeil Robinson
The Passion According to Saint Mark – Matthew Glandorf (b. 1972)
Improperium – McNeil Robinson
When Jesus wept – arr. Alice Parker (b. 1925)/Robert Shaw (1916-1999)

Wednesday in Holy Week, March 28

7 p.m. - Office of Tenebrae

Plainsong Psalms and Antiphons
Tenebrae Responsories – Carlo Gesualdo (1566-1613)
Benedictus Dominus Deus – James Testa (b. 1946)

Maundy Thursday, March 29

7 p.m. - Choral High Mass with Foot-washing, Procession of the Blessed Sacrament, and Stripping of the Altars

Sermon by Father Mullen

Missa Aedis Christi – Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
Anthems at the Mandatum – Nicholas White (b. 1967)
Ubi caritas – Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)
Love bade me welcome – David Hurd (b. 1950)
Set me as a seal – Carson Cooman (b. 1982)

Good Friday, March 30

12 Noon - Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday and Mass of the Pre-Sanctified

Sermon by Mother Takacs

Passion According to Saint John – Plainsong and Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)
Christus factus est – Robert McCormick (b. 1978)
Reproaches – Tomás Luis de Victoria
Crux fidelis – Matthew Glandorf (b. 1972)
Civitas sancti tui – William Byrd (1543-1623)

Easter Eve, March 31

8 p.m. - The Great Vigil of Easter and First Mass of Easter

Sermon by Mother Takacs

Sicut cervus – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)
Exaltabo te, Domine – James Testa (b. 1946)
Communion Service in G, Opus 81 – Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)
Ye choirs of new Jerusalem – Sir Charles Villiers Stanford
Most glorious Lord of life – Gary Davison (b. 1961)

Easter Day, April 1

8 a.m. - Low Mass

Sermon by Father Phelps

9 a.m. - Family Mass

Sermon by Mother Takacs

Most glorious Lord of life – Sir William H. Harris (1883-1973)

11 a.m. - Solemn High Mass

Sermon by Father Mullen

Missa Sancti Albini – Bruce Neswick (b. 1956)
Sing ye to the Lord – Sir Edward Bairstow (1874-1946)
Most glorious Lord of life – Gary Davison (b. 1961)
The Sabbath day was by – Charles Winfred Douglas (1867-1944)

Posted on March 21, 2018 .

Gerre Hancock Fellow in Church Music Announced


Saint Mark's is delighted to announce that David Heinze has been appointed as Gerre Hancock Fellow in Church Music for the academic year 2018-2019. The Fellowship, a full-time position, is sponsored jointly with the Association of Anglican Musicians. It is named in memory of one of the founders of the Association. Gerre Hancock, among the very greatest organists, choir trainers, and church musicians of his time, was for many years Organist and Master of Choristers at Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York. The Fellowship is designed to offer the opportunity for a gifted young church musician to spend a program year in a demanding and comprehensive music program, assisting the Organist and Choirmaster, and further honing the Fellow's skills. Saint Mark's was chosen by the Association to partner in this endeavor.

David was selected from a field of nearly a dozen talented applicants, a smaller number of which were chosen to interview and audition in person. A native of Michigan, currently undertaking graduate studies in the U.K., he impressed us greatly with his musicianship, passion for church music in the Anglican tradition, and strong sense of vocation. He will be a tremendous asset to our parish and our growing music program, being involved in all facets of the program. He will work under Robert McCormick and alongside Clara Gerdes, who will remain as Organ Scholar as she continues her studies at the Curtis Institute. Further information about David Heinze follows.

Dāvids (David) Heinze graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from Hope College (Holland, Michigan) where he studied the organ with Huw Lewis and the piano with Andrew Le. David is an honors graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy as well as an alumnus of Interlochen Arts Camp, where he studied with Thomas Bara. He has won first prize and Audience Prize in the L. Cameron Johnson Organ Competition and first prize in the Annamae Rotman Organ Competition. He has held posts at the Latvian Lutheran Church and Trinity United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he also served as Organ and Choral Scholar for the Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys. David was the John L. Edwards Organ Scholar at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Detroit, and a Teaching Assistant in the Hope College Music Department. Currently he is a candidate for the Master of Music degree at the University of Cambridge, and is Graduate Organ Scholar at Selwyn College under the direction of Sarah MacDonald. David studies the organ with Margaret Phillips (of the Royal College of Music) and is organist for St. John’s Voices, a mixed-voice choir at St. John’s College directed by Graham Walker. In addition to his studies in Cambridge, David also recently obtained the Associateship diploma from the Royal College of Organists.

Posted on March 21, 2018 .

Upcoming at Saint Mark's

A Colony of Heaven Sessions Announced
The Rector is initiating a discussion with the Parish called A Colony of Heaven.  These sessions are intended to be opportunities to reflect on strengthening the parish, and each session will engage three themes:

1. A study of Romans 12:4-13
2. An examination of how we invite, welcome, and connect newcomers to Saint Mark's
3. A reflection on whether we have the staff, resources, and space to carry out our mission

The clergy and Vestry very much want to hear from as many people as we can.  Please try to attend one of the six sessions that have been organized.  Please sign up in advance using the clipboards at the Ushers' Table or in the Parish Hall or via the online sign-up form here. Sessions will be held as follows.  Please sign up for only one session.

Friday, March 23 at 6:45 p.m., in the Rector's Office

Please sign up in advance.

Stations of the Cross for Children, March 25 at 10 a.m.
After the 9 a.m. Family Mass on Palm Sunday, our “Connect” students will lead the younger Schola class on the Way of the Cross. Channeling the history of Passion Plays, Stations of the Cross, and ancient Christian pilgrimages in Rome, Jerusalem, and Constantinople that followed Jesus’ Passion, our kids have fashioned their own procession, passion, and prayer that speaks of and to their own faith for this Holy Week. All children are invited, and families can gather outside in the garden to begin.

Posted on March 5, 2018 .