While the Choir is on summer vacation, we have scheduled a variety of beautiful and inspiring music. To date we’ve heard our own soprano Paulina Arango, the Flute Consort consisting of Maria Provost, Lori Snow, and Susan Manwaring, French Hornist Tim Beasor, soprano Catherine Gaines, violinist Michael O’Gieblyn, and this past Sunday, baritone Chase Wheeler.   This Sunday marks the halfway point in our Summer Music Series and to honor the occasion we are will welcome our Schola Singers, Ms. Paulina Arango, Mr. Jonathan Cornell, Ms. Jessica Reed Hitchcock, and Mr. Chase Wheeler,for a special choral music treat at the 10 am service!   Jessica serves as a choral section leader of the Choir of Bethesda-by-the-Sea and Paulina, Chase, and Jonathan serve as choral section leaders of the Choir of St. Gregory’s.  The choral mass setting being sung this Sunday was composed by the British composer, Arthur Wills (b. 1926) who served as Director of Music and Organist at Ely Cathedral from 1958-1990 and taught at the Royal Academy of Music in London from 1964-1992.  The Offertory Motet, View Me, Lord, based on a 15th century Bohemian melody, was composed by the Irish composer Charles Wood whose pupils included two giants of English choral music Ralph Vaughan Williams and Herbert Howells, composer of this morning’s psalm chant. The Communion Motet, In Pace, was composed by the British composer Grayston Ives who taught at Magdalen College, Oxford as recently as 2009, and is a member of the famed choral ensemble The King’s Singers.  We are also chanting the Nicene Creed and the Prayers of the People. This is something we’ve done in the past and which has become a beloved aspect of our Enlightening Hearts services.  It is my hope and prayer that as you chant these ancient and modern words,  you’ll allow the transformative power of chant to speak anew these texts in your heart and mind–as if being uttered for the first time. Music has a way of breathing new life into words which often become mundane or taken for granted.  Let us never take these prayers for granted as we find new ways of exploring the meaning and richness of these ancient and modern prayers.  In addition to the choral music, we will sing one of my favorite hymns as the final procession and I know it is a favorite of many of you as well–How Great Thou Art!