The Offertory anthem "E'en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come" is a 1953 motet composed by Paul Manz with text adapted by his wife, Ruth Manz. They wrote this piece in 1953 during a time when their three-year-old son was critically ill. Reflecting on the time, Ruth Manz reported, "I think we'd reached the point where we felt that time was certainly running out so we committed it to the Lord and said, 'Lord Jesus quickly come'". Their son did recover, to which the couple owed to prayer.
Our 2:00 pm Holy Eucharist will be assisted by organist, Ethan LaPlaca, Director of Choral of Activities at Mt. Lebanon High School, where he directs the Concert Choir, Triple Trio, Men's Ensemble, Chamber Choir and the annual spring musical. In addition to his career in education, Ethan serves as the Assistant Organist at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Highland Park, where he assists the Organist/Choirmaster in playing and conducting services and Evensongs.
Our 4:00 pm Pageant and Eucharist will feature our outstanding Youth Praise Band under the direction of Bryan Sable. Amid the array of children portraying angels, shepherds, the Wise Men and Mary and Joseph, The Praise Band will lead the singing of familiar Christmas Carols and offer special music at the offertory and at the communion.
The 7:15 pm and 10:00 pm liturgies will begin with extended prelude music featuring our handbell ensemble, orchestra, choir and soloists. At the 10:00 prelude we include several carols for all to sing before the processional hymn, “O come all ye faithful!” Music by the orchestra will include Johann Sebastian Bach’s Overture from his Second Suite and Trio for two flutes and harp from Hector Berlioz Christmas Oratorio, “L’enfance du Christ.” The choir will sing three anthems with orchestra: “O thou that tellest good tiding” from Handel’s Messiah, “Little star of Bethlehem” by Charles Ives and Joseph Barnby’s tender “A Virgin is hushing her Baby to sleep.”