Solemn Requiem for Gerre Hancock
Saturday, February 4, 2012
11:00am - Saint Thomas Church
Centurion, first Gentile converted to Christianity
From Lesser Feasts and Fasts 2000:
The author of Acts considered Cornelius’ conversion very momentous for the future of Christianity. He records that it occurred as the result of divine intervention and revelation, and as a response to the preaching of Peter the chief apostle. The experience of Cornelius’ household was regarded as comparable to a new Pentecost, and it was a primary precedent for the momentous decision of the apostolic council, held in Jerusalem a few years later, to admit Gentiles to full and equal partnership with Jewish converts in the household of faith.
O God, who by thy Spirit didst call Cornelius the Centurion to be the first Christian among the Gentiles: Grant to thy Church, we beseech thee, such a ready will to go where thou dost send and to do what thou dost command, that under thy guidance it may welcome all who turn to thee in love and faith, and proclaim the Gospel to all nations; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
►The leaflet and links to the on-demand webcast & the sermon in two parts are posted to the bottom of this page.
►Read more about the immense contributions of Gerre Hancock to the development and success of the mission of Saint Thomas Church and Choir School.
►Gerre's remains were interred below the chancel floor at a private service on February 3.
►In lieu of flowers, the Hancocks ask that you consider a donation to The University of Texas, Butler School of Music, Department of Organ and Sacred Music, or Saint Thomas Choir School, or Saint Thomas Organ Fund.
|Lesson:||Wisdom 3:1-5, 9|
|Epistle:||I Corinthians 15:50-58|
|Gospel:||Saint John 6:37-40|
|Organ Prelude 1:||Praeludium pro Organo pleno, BWV 552/i|
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
|Organ Prelude 2:||Variations on “Palm Beach” (2000),|
Gerre Hancock (1934-2012)
|Organ Prelude 3:||Hymnus, Nicolas de Grigny (1672-1703)|
--Veni Creator, en taille à 5
--Fugue à 5
--Récit de Cromorne
--Dialogue sur les Grands Jeux
|Organ Prelude 4:||A Meditation on “Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether”(1998),|
|Organ Prelude 5:||A Paraphrase on “St. Elizabeth” (1975),|
|Organ Prelude 6:||Fantasy in C Minor, BWV 562,|
Johann Sebastian Bach
|Organ Prelude 7:||Prelude on “Slane” (1986),|
|Organ Prelude 8:||Chorale in A Minor,|
César Franck (1822-1890)
|Organ Prelude 9:||Air (1960),|
|Sung by:||The Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys|
|Setting:||Messe de Requiem, Op. 9,|
Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)
Anglican Chant (Hylton Stewart)
All my hope on God is founded
Jerusalem the golden
|Offertory Anthem:||Bring us, O Lord God, at our last awakening,|
William H. Harris (1888-1973)
|Communion Anthem:||Deep River,|
arranged by Gerre Hancock
Come, labor on
|Organ Voluntary:||Fuga à 5 pro organo pleno, BWV 552/ii|
Johann Sebastian Bach