The St. James Service - Preces and Responses

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For SATB Choir. The traditional Evening Preces and Responses. Just a lovely setting by one of the masters of Anglican church music in the United States. Not difficult. If your choir has occasion to do an Evensong, these prayers are great! AND, if you'd like a Mag and Nunc to accompany them, this one (Magnificat and Nunc dimittis) was composed as a companion for this setting.

This Evening Service is composed to the Glory of God and in grateful appreciation for Bradford Gee's fifteen years as Director of Music/Organist at St. James Episcopal Church, Hendersonville, North Carolina; 2002-2017


Officiant: O Lord, open thou our lips.
Choir: And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.
Officiant: O God, make speed to save us.
Choir: O Lord, make haste to help us.
Officiant: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
Choir: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Officiant: Praise ye the Lord.
Choir: The Lord's Name be praised.

Officiant: The Lord be with you.
Choir: And with thy spirit.
Officiant: Let us pray.
Choir: Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.

(The Lord's Prayer may be sung.)

Officiant: O Lord, show thy mercy upon us.
Choir: And grant us thy salvation.
Officiant: O Lord, save the state.
Choir: And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.
Officiant: Endue thy Ministers with righteousness.
Choir: And make thy chosen people joyful.
Officiant: O Lord, save thy people.
Choir: And bless thine inheritance.
Officiant: Give peace in our time, O Lord.
Choir: Because there is none other that fighteth for us, but only thou, O God.
Officiant: O God, make clean our hearts within us.
Choir: And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.

Then follows the collects. The choir responds “Amen” to each.

Officiant: The Lord be with you.
Choir: And with thy spirit.
Officiant: Let us bless the Lord.
Choir: Thanks be to God..