September 11, 2021 – Requiem for the 20th Anniversary of September 11, 2001

Today’s Service Order

Prelude:  3. Sarabande from Oboe Concerto No. 3 in G minor, HWV 287  George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) 

Entrance: 1. Requiem æternam from Requiem                                                  John Rutter (b. 1945)

Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine:
et lux perpetua luceat eis.
Te decet hymnus, Deus, in Sion,
et tibi reddetur votum in Ierusalem:
exaudi orationem meam,
ad te omnis caro veniet.
Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine:
et lux perpetua luceat eis.
– from the Mass for the Dead, quoting 4 Esdras 2:34–35; Psalm 65:1-2

Rest eternal grant to them, O Lord;
And let light perpetual shine upon them.
You are to be praised, O God, in Zion;
to you shall vows be performed in Jerusalem.
To you that hear prayer shall all flesh come.
Rest eternal grant to them, O Lord;
And let light perpetual shine upon them.
Prayers for the Departed and Psalm 65, translated in the Book of Common Prayer  (1979)

Opening Sentences & Collect                                  BCP 491 & Insert

1st Lesson: Wisdom 3:1-5,9                                                       Insert

Gradual, Psalm 23: 6. The Lord is my Shepherd  from Requiem    John Rutter

The Lord is my shepherd : therefore can I lack nothing.
He shall feed me in a green pasture : and lead me forth beside the waters of comfort.
He shall convert my soul : and bring me forth in the paths of righteousness, for his Name’s sake.
Yea, thou I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil : for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff comfort me.
Thou shalt prepare a table before me against them that trouble me : thou hast anointed my head with oil, and my cup shall be full.
But thy loving-kindness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life : and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
– Psalm 23 translated in The Book of Common Prayer (1662)

2nd Lesson: Revelation 7:9-17                                                   Insert

Sequence Hymn: Amazing Grace                                       Hymn 671

Gospel: John 14:1-6                                                                   Insert

Sermon                                           The Rev. Matthew Mead, Rector

Prayers for the Departed                       Response: Hear our Prayer.

The Peace                                           Response: And also with you.

Offertory:  3. Pie Jesu from Requiem                                   John Rutter
Pie Jesu Domine, dona eis requiem.
Dona eis sempiternam requiem.
– from Dies Iræ, attributed to Thomas of Celano, OFM (fl. 13th century)

Merciful Jesus, grant them rest.
Grant them eternal rest.

Offertory Hymn: I am the Bread of Life                             Hymn 335

The Holy Eucharist: Preface                                                  BCP 361

Sanctus et Benedictus: 4. Sanctus  from Requiem    John Rutter
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus
Dominus Deus Sabaoth.
Pleni sunt cæli et terra gloria tua.
Hosanna in excelsis.
Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.
Hosanna in excelsis.
– text from the Latin Missal

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

– translation from the Book of Common Prayer (1979)

The Holy Eucharist: Canon of the Mass                                BCP 362

Ministration of Holy Communion: 5. Agnus Dei  from Requiem    John Rutter
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi: dona eis requiem.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi: dona eis requiem.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi: dona eis requiem sempiternam.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant them rest.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant them eternal rest.

Post Communion Prayer & Blessing                                      BCP 498

Procession Hymn: America the Beautiful                          Hymn 719

Dismissal                                              Response: Thanks be to God.

Voluntary:   2. Largo e piano (Siciliano) from Oboe Concerto in F minor, TWV 51:f1    Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) 

Today’s In Person Worship

  • 5pm Requiem Eucharist (Rite 2) is celebrated in the Church.  The service is from the red Book of Common Prayer.  See below for detailed music information.  The service lasts about an hour.  Weather permitting there will be refreshments in the Garden afterwards.
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Today’s Live-Stream Worship & Sermon Archives

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Today’s Propers (Collect & Lections from Holy Scripture)

The Collect

O God, whose mercies cannot be numbered: Accept our prayers on behalf of those who died during the attacks on September 11, 2001, and grant them an entrance into the land of light and joy, in the fellowship of your saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for

 The Old Testament

Wisdom 3:1-5,9

The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,
and no torment will ever touch them.
In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died,
and their departure was thought to be a disaster,
and their going from us to be their destruction;
but they are at peace.
For though in the sight of others they were punished,
their hope is full of immortality.
Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good,
because God tested them and found them worthy of himself.
Those who trust in him will understand truth,
and the faithful will abide with him in love,
because grace and mercy are upon his holy ones,
and he watches over his elect.

The Psalm

Psalm 23 Dominus regit me

The LORD is my shepherd; *
I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures *
and leads me beside still waters.
He revives my soul *
and guides me along right pathways for his Name’s sake.
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I shall fear no evil; *
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You spread a table before me in the presence of those
who trouble me; *
you have anointed my head with oil,
and my cup is running over.
Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days
of my life, *
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

 The Epistle

Revelation 7:9-17

I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice, saying,

“Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, singing,

“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
and thanksgiving and honor
and power and might
be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?” I said to him, “Sir, you are the one that knows.” Then he said to me, “These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

For this reason they are before the throne of God,
and worship him day and night within his temple,
and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them.
They will hunger no more, and thirst no more;
the sun will not strike them,
nor any scorching heat;
for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of the water of life,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

The Gospel

John 14:1-6

Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Today’s Hymns

Amazing Grace

I am the Bread of Life

America the Beautiful


Today’s Music

Selections from Requiem by John Rutter (b. 1945) sung by members of the Christ Church Parish Choir:
Curtis Chase, Simon Cram, Jann Degnan, Juliana Galletti, Linda Gerra, John Hastings, Mboti (Missy) Kisob, Roger Ohlsen, Ruston Ropac, Tonna Miller Vallés,  James White, James Young, Margaret Young
Tonna Miller Vallés, soprano soloist
Meredyth Coleman, oboe
Jeffrey Hoffman, organist & director of music

John Rutter’s Requiem is copyright © 1986 by Oxford University Press. Live-stream licensed under A-713125.
“I am the Bread of Life” copyright © 1986 by GIA Publications, Inc. Live-stream licensed under A-713125.

Prayer of the People for the Anniversary of 9-11-01

In peace, let us pray to the Lord.

Almighty God, our prayers are offered today for all whose lives were taken and all who suffered during and following the attacks on September 11, 2001, especially Montgomery Hord, a member of this parish, and Michael Boccardi, Thomas E. Hynes, Joseph Leavey, Robert McLaughlin, Amy O’Doherty, Joseph Shea, Daniel J. Shea, Robert Scandole and Michael Tamuccio, the Pelham community members who lost their lives during the attacks. We pray for all who were killed, for all who lost family members and friends, for all who were injured, and for all who were traumatized in body or mind.
Lord in your mercy;
Hear our prayer.

Most merciful Father , we give you thanks for the courage and work of all first-responders, firefighters, police officers, military personnel, medical workers, elected officials, chaplains, construction workers, and volunteers who assisted at the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001 and in the weeks afterward, and who offered support and guidance for all who mourned.
Lord in your mercy;
Hear our prayer.

O Lord our Governor, watch over the President of the United States, the Governor of this State, and for all in civil authority, that they may be blessed with wisdom and strength to know and to do your will, filled with the love of truth and righteousness, and ever mindful of their calling to serve this people of this land.
Lord in your mercy;
Hear our prayer.

O God, you made us in your own image: We give you thanks for the Pelham Interfaith Council and the collegiality that interfaith and ecumenical efforts foster; look with compassion on the whole human family; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne.
Lord in your mercy;
Hear our prayer.

O God and Father of all, whose Son commanded us to love our enemies: Lead them and us from prejudice to truth: deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge; and in your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you.
Lord in your mercy;
Hear our prayer.

Grant to us who are still in our pilgrimage, and who walk as yet by faith, that your Holy Spirit may lead us in holiness and righteousness all our days.
Lord in your mercy;
Hear our prayer.

Give courage and faith to those who are bereaved, that they may have the comfort of a reasonable and holy hope, in the joyful expectation of eternal life with those they love.
Lord in your mercy;
Hear our prayer.

Help us, we pray, in the midst of things we cannot understand, to believe and trust in the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, and the resurrection to life everlasting.
Lord in your mercy;
Hear our prayer.

Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Lord in your mercy;
Hear our prayer.

rest in peace.  Amen


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