Mount Calvary Church
Eutaw Street and Madison Avenue
A Roman Catholic Parish
The Personal Ordinariate of teh Chair of St. Peter
Rev. Albert Scharbach, Pastor
The Solemn Vigil of Easter
April 20, 2019
Missa de S. Maria Magdalena, Healey Willan
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736)
Surrexit Christus vere de sepulchro, alleluia.
Christ is truly risen from the grave, alleluia.
Peter Philips (1561-1628)
Surgens Jesus, Dominus noster stans in medio discipulorum suorum dixit: pax vobis. Alleluia. Gavisi sunt discipuli viso Domino, Alleluia.
The risen Jesus, our Lord, standing in the midst of his disciples, said: Peace be with you. Alleluia. The disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Alleluia.
At the Lamb’s high feast we sing (SALZBURG) is a translation by Robert Campbell (1814-1868) of the seventh century Latin hymn, Ad regias agni dapes, which was sung by the newly baptized at Easter when they were first admitted to communion. Our victorious King through His death and resurrection has caused the angel of death to pass over us. We are redeemed by His blood, which opens Paradise to us where we will live forever. The LORD brought Israel out of Egypt through the sea into the promised land by the blood of the Lamb. Jesus through His death brings us through the wilderness of this life by feeding us with Himself, the true manna that comes down from heaven.
Come, ye faithful, raise the strain (GAUDEAMUS PARITER) is from a Greek hymn attributed to St John Damascene (ca. 655- ca. 745), and was translated by John Mason Neale (1818-1866). The hymn is notable for its beautiful linking of spring with the resurrection, and for its use of the crossing of the Red Sea as a type of the liberating work of Jesus Christ. It is based on the Song of Moses in Exodus 15.