Music and Worship at Saint Giles

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Music at St. Giles

From ancient plainsong to Taize chant, from the richest hymnody of the Anglican and Protestant traditions to Shaker tunes, spirituals, songs from other cultures, and 21st century church music, we sing it all! Several times throughout the year our choir is featured in special services, such as Lessons and Carols in December and Choral Evensong. For more information on our music program, please contact Director of Music Jim Brown at    


November 27 (Advent 1A) - Rejoice, rejoice believers (A. Gumpeltzhaimer)
                                             solo: For behold...The people that walked in darkness, from "Messiah" (G.F. Handel)

December 4 (Advent 2A) - E'en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come (P. Manz)
                                           solo: Comfort ye...Every valley, from "Messiah" (G.F. Handel)

December 11 (Advent 3A) - Magnificat "Collegium Regale" (H. Howells)

December 18 (Advent 4A) - O Radiant Dawn (J. MacMillan)

      Christmas Lessons & Carols at 4:00
      Riu, Riu, Chiu (Spanish 16th c., arr. N. Greenberg)
      Bethlehem Down (P. Warlock)
      trio: There is no Rose (Anonymous, c. 1420)
      And there were shepherds...Glory to God, from "Messiah" (G.F. Handel)
      Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child (K. Leighton)
      Resonemus laudibus (14th c. carol, arr. D. Willcocks)

December 24 (Christmas Eve)
      8:30 p.m. - Christmas Cantata (D. Pinkham) with guest trumpeter
      9:00 p.m. - Festival Eucharist 
              And there were shepherds...Glory to God, from "Messiah" (G.F. Handel)  
              Resonemus laudibus (14th c. carol, arr. D. Willcocks)




Hellmuth Wolff Organ

For information about our wonderful Hellmuth Wolff organ, click here.

Courtesy of Pipe Organs of Chicago Volume One authored by Stephen Schnurr and Dennis Northway, copyright 2005.

About Worship in The Episcopal Church

Origins: Worship in the Episcopal Church has its roots in the earliest Christian communities; it is both comprehensive and traditional. Through the centuries our language of worship has changed and expanded, but the structure remains much the same: we seek to offer our praise and thanks to God, to lift up to God our prayers of intercession and thanksgiving, to hear what God may be saying to us through scripture and proclamation, and to celebrate Christ’s presence through the Holy Spirit in the celebration of the Eucharist, or Holy Communion. Our primary worship source in the Episcopal Church is The Book of Common Prayer – “common” not because it is ordinary, but because it was created to be accessible and used by all.

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