Palm Sunday Bach Vespers

Bach: Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünde, BWV 1083

“Erase, Most High, My Sins”

Sunday, March 25, 5:00 p.m.
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
pre-Vespers lecture at 4:30 p.m.

The Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas will present a unique work by J. S. Bach on Sunday, March 25, 5:00 p.m. as part of their monthly Bach Vespers service.Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater is one of the crown jewels of baroque sacred music, and Bach appreciated it enough to make his own arrangement with changes to help make the piece more suitable for his Lutheran congregation. The result isTilge, Höchster, meine Sünde, BWV 1083, a cantata-like work for two soloists and strings.

Bach replaces the original Latin text with a German translation of the penitent Psalm 51, Miserere Mei. Additionally, he reorders several of the movements, adds an independent viola line, and makes other smaller adjustments to the original work. The result is a fascinating vision of Pergolesi seen through the eyes—and ears—of Bach.

Soloists Alissa Ruth and Jill Phillips will join members of the Bach Ensemble. Alissa is a Columbus, Ohio based soprano who performs regularly with ensembles around the United States, including the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati, and Skylark. Jill, a doctoral student at the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, has performed extensively on the opera stage, including performances with the Dayton Opera, Cincinnati Chamber Opera, Kentucky Opera, and as a Young Artist at Opera Saratoga.

Please join us prior to the Vespers for a 4:30 p.m. lecture presented by Xavier faculty member Douglas Easterling.

Vespers Service of Light

Vespers Service of Light

Sundays, at 5 p.m.

Our Celtic-inspired worship service is held on Sundays at 5:00 p.m. It is every Sunday except once a month when we have our Bach Vespers. It is a time of self-reflection — a space to sit with God and listen. There are candles lit for special concerns, extended meditation with silent prayer, and instrumental music. It is a way to prayerfully greet the evening and give thanks for the day that has passed in  an intimate, relaxed atmosphere as you connect with the divine.

Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 25th   

Holy Eucharist, Rite I: 8 a.m.

Parish Breakfast: 9:15 a.m.

Liturgy of the Palms & Procession: 10 a.m.

Holy Eucharist, Rite II: 10:15 a.m.

 Start your observance of Holy Week with Palm Sunday and enter the story by carrying palms and the singing of “All Glory, Laud and Honor.”

Special Bach Vespers for Palm Sunday at 5 p.m.