July 3, 2018

Special singing re-emerges at All Saints Matamata

All Saints choir Matamata leads the Choral Eucharist.

On Sunday 1st July All Saints choir led a Choral Eucharist in the church at the 8am service. The ten members of the choir sung a unison setting of the Eucharist by Brother Reginald, consisting of the Gloria, Kyrie, Sanctus & Benedictus, and the Agnus Dei. This setting was used many years ago in the church, and after requests, and with encouragement from the Vicar it was re-introduced.

During communion the choir sang the Taize Chant- ‘O Lord hear my prayer’. The choir also gave a strong lead in the singing of the hymns: ‘All people that on earth do dwell’ and ‘Now thank we all our God’; and two new hymns- ‘Spirit of God’, sung to the tune of ‘The Skye Boat Song’; and the hymn – ‘There’s a wideness in God’s mercy’ set to a new tune written recently by Maurice Bevan.

The organ Prelude was ‘Lord God, we give praise to thee’ by Pachelbel, and the Postlude ‘Now thank we all our God’ by J.S. Bach arr by V. Fox. (These have the melodies of the first and last hymns.)

The choir, robed in their bright red robes, processed in and out of the choir stalls, led by Revd. Stephen Prebble, the Vicar, doubling as Crucifer on this occasion, and two servers, giving formality and reverence to the service. The choir also led the singing of Grace before the Breakfast in the hall which followed the service.

For me, as the organist, it was a joy to hear the strong singing and leadership of the choir. I hope we can repeat this Choral Eucharist again soon, and add other music, such as the the sung responses before and after the Gospel, and the Lord’s Prayer to the Gillard/Smith setting.

David Brookes


All Saints Choir robed in red sing from the choir stalls