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    


January 9 (Epiphany I) - At the River (A. Copland)

January 16 (Epiphany II) - I sat down under his shadow (E. Bairstow)

January 23 (Epiphany III) - Infinite Light (English Traditional)

January 30 (Epiphany IV) - Ubi caritas (O. Gjeilo)
                                            solo: The Call (R. Vaughan Williams)

February 6 (Epiphany V) - Sanctus, from "St. Cecilia Mass" (C. Gounod)

February 13 (Epiphany VI) - Jesus Christ the Apple Tree (E. Poston)

February 20 (Epiphany VII) - Greater love hath no man (J. Ireland)
                                               solo: O rest in the Lord, from "Elijah" (F. Mendelssohn)

February 27 (Last Epiphany) - Alleluia, from Motet VI (J. S. Bach)

March 6 (Lent I) - O Love Divine (Irish Folk Tune, arr. J. Hudson)

          Evensong at 4:00 - Phos hilaron (T. Bridges)
                                         Magnificat & Nunc dimitties in Dorian Mode (T. Tallis)
                                         All wisdom cometh from the Lord (P. Moore)

March 13 (Lent II) - O pray for the peace of Jerusalem (H. Howells)

March 20 (Lent III) - Sicut cervus (G. P. Palestrina)

March 27 (Lent IV) - O sacrum convivium (O. Messiaen)

April 3 (Lent V) - Eucaristica (P. Casals)
                           Si iniquitates observaveris (S. Wesley)

April 10 (Palm Sunday) - Solus ad Victimam (K. Leighton)

April 14 (Maundy Thursday) - Jesu dulcis memoria (J. Graham)

April 15 (Good Friday) - O vos omnes (G. Croce)

April 16 (Easter Vigil) - Christ the Lord is risen again (J. Rutter)

April 17 (Easter Day) - O death, where is thy sting; But thanks be to God,
                                     from "Messiah" (G.F. Handel)
                                     Christ the Lord is risen again (J. Rutter)

April 24 (Easter II) - Rise up, my love, my fair one (H. Willan)

May 1 (Easter III) - If ye love me (P. Wilby)

May 8 (Easter IV) - Agnus Dei (P. Halley) with soprano saxophone

May 15 (Easter V) - Locus iste (A. Bruckner)

May 22 (Easter VI/Rogation) - Thou, O God, art praised in Sion (M. Boyle)

May 29 (Easter VII/Sun. after Ascension) - Christ is ascended (arr. P. Hallock)

June 5 (Pentecost) - Veni Creator Spiritus (S. Sturk) with handbells


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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