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Music for the Twelfth Sunday after Trinity

Let all within me bless His Name!  Today’s HYMN OF THE DAY “My Soul, Now Praise Thy Maker”  (820) is based on Psalm 103.  The author Johann Gramann (1487-1541) served as rector of St. Thomas School in Leipzig, and pastor in Würzburg, Nürnberg, and Königsberg.  In a court-ordered public disputation, Gramann successfully refuted the Anabaptists on the basis of Scripture and saved his province from Anabaptist teaching.

The Margrave Albrecht of Brandenberg-Ansbach, a friend of Luther’s and supporter of the Reformation cause requested Gramann to write this hymn in 1525.  It is noted that it was sung at the Peace of Westphalia in thanksgiving of the ending the Thirty Years’ War on October 25, 1648.

The PRELUDE is a setting of this hymn by Jan Bender (1909-1994).

The CHORAL VOLUNTARY is a portion of a cantata, Cantate Domino (BuxWV 12) by Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707).  Today we hear the portions for soprano solo.

The lessons are Isaiah 29.17–24; 2 Corinthians 3.4–11; and St. Mark 7.31–37.
The hymns are: 797 Praise the Almighty
820 My Soul, Now Praise Your Maker
941 We Praise You and Acknowledge You
912 Christ is Our Cornerstone
637 Draw Near and Take the Body of the Lord
923 Almighty Father, Bless the Word
Prelude: My Soul, Now Praise Your Maker – Jan Bender
Voluntary: Annuntiate from “Cantate Domino” (BuxWV 12) – Dietrich Buxtehude

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