A service of Solemn Vespers (sung Evening Prayer) will be held on the fourth Sunday in Lent (Laetare Sunday) on March 6 at 5 p.m.
The service will be held at St. Colman Catholic Church, 219 East North St. in Washington Court House. The church is two blocks north and one block east of the Fayette County Courthouse. There is ample parking in lots around the church and plenty of street parking as well.
Sundays in the church year are sometimes called “Rose” Sundays in reference to the color of vestments often used (The other such Sunday is the third Sunday in Advent, just before Christmas, when the St. Colman Choir has traditionally presented its Advent Lessons and Carols service).
It is the mid-point of Lent, the 40 days of preparation leading up to Easter, and the over-all emphasis of the day is a bit less penitential in nature than the other days in Lent (the color for which is purple). DETAIL: Music will be provided by the St. Colman Choir, accompanied by organ and string quartet. As part of the music for the service, they will perform the first section of Part Two of “Messiah” by George Fredrick Handel. This is sometimes known as the “Lenten” section.
“Many folks know the Christmas parts and almost everyone knows the Easter part, especially the Hallelujah chorus, “ said Craig Jaynes, director of music at St. Colman. “However, the parts in between are not nearly as familiar. They certainly are some of the most dramatically illustrative of the Old Testament scriptures quoted which foretell Christ’s passion and suffering leading up to the culmination of His crucifixion and resurrection.”
In addition, the words are thematically consistent with the psalms appointed for the service, which will be chanted, as well as with the New Testament reading. An additional and traditional part of the evening services is the Magnificat. The choir will sing a version by the 20th century English composer, Herbert Howells, as well as “Evening Hymn” by H. Balfour Gardiner.
A group of seminarians from The Pontifical College Josephinum in Worthington will also be participating, including Brett Garland, for whom St. Colman is home parish. His great-uncle is Bishop Garland, who is a native of the Wilmington area.
The Rev. Fr. William Hahn is pastor and the Rev. Frs. Michael Hartge and Sean Dooley are Parochial Vicars. The service is open to the public; there is no admission charge. A free-will offering is taken in support of music at St. Colman.
This story was submitted by St. Colman Catholic Church.