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November 1, 2012

Let thy servant depart in peace

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on November 1, 2012

In many Christian communities today is known as All Saints’ Day or All Hallows.  It is set aside for commemorating the departed.  This evening there was to be — may still be — a  Choral Evensong for All Saints’ at Trinity Church Wall Street.

There is still no electricity and some of the church’s facilities have been flooded.  There is good cause to cancel.  I hope, though, they will proceed.  The death toll from the great storm is now over seventy and will probably increase.  Trinity is an especially appropriate place and this is the right time to commemorate those who died in recent days.

Scheduled to be performed is Charles Villiers Stanford’s Nunc dimittis in B flat. (Select link to hear it sung by the choir of Winchester Cathedral.)  Here are the lyrics:

Lord, now let thy servant depart in peace according to thy word.
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
Which thou hast prepared  before the face of all people;
To be a light to lighten the Gentiles and to be the glory of thy people Israel.
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