Format: Audio CD
Produced by: The Music Makers and Schola Cantamus
Pope Benedict XVI announced a special jubilee year dedicated to Saint Paul, saying the church needs modern Christians who will imitate the apostle's missionary energy and spirit of sacrifice.
The Pauline Year will run from June 28, 2008, to June 29, 2009, to mark the 2,000th anniversary of the saint's birth.
"Dear brothers and sisters, as in the Church's beginning, today, too, Christ needs apostles ready to sacrifice themselves.
He needs witnesses and martyrs like St. Paul."
The Pauline Year will feature numerous special liturgies and events in Rome, but should also be celebrated in local churches and in the sanctuaries, religious orders and other institutions throughout the world.
As well as being something of beauty to music lovers, Magnus Sanctus Paulus may be used as a meditation on the great saint in words and music.
The Holy Father emphasized that the Pauline Year will be ecumenical, reflecting Saint Paul's commitment to the unity and harmony among all Christians.
For this reason there is a wide range of music on the CD, including music representing the Orthodox, Anglican and Wesleyan traditions as well as Roman Catholic.
Of particular note is a verse anthem of a Collect for the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, written by William Smith of Durham, which had not been performed since about 1690!
Saint Paul was born in Tarsus, in what is now Turkey, at the start of the Christian era, sometime between AD 7 and 10, according to church historians.
After his conversion on the road to Damascus, he became one of the church's foremost evangelizers, first among Jews, then among Gentiles.
As Saint Paul's letters are a primary source of information about the life of the early church and have strongly influenced church thinking through the centuries, verses of Pauline Scripture are also included.
The choral music on Magnus Sanctus Paulus is performed by members of Schola Cantamus directed by Jeremy de Satgé; the texts of Saint Paul are read by The Right Reverend Bernard Longley, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster.
- Hymn O Fathers of our ancient faith
- Introduction by Bishop Longley
- Introit Scio cui credidi (Gregorian chant)
- Reading Acts 22:6-16 [Conversion of Saint Paul]
- Verse Anthem O God, which has taught (William Smith)
- Reading II Corinthians 1:3-7 [Paul's thanksgiving]
- Hymn Be Thou My Vision (tune– Slane)
- Reading Galatians 1:11-16 [Paul's vindication of his apostleship]
- Alleluia verse Magnus Sanctus Paulus (Gregorian chant)
- Reading Romans 6:20-23 [Slaves of righteousness]
- Hymn Apostle of the Gentiles (tune– Wareham)
- Reading Ephesians 1:3-10 [Spiritual blessings in Christ]
- Hymn What fairer light is this (tune– traditional)
- Reading I Corinthians 13:1-13 [The gift of love]
- Chant If I speak in the tongues of men and angels (Jeremy de Satgé)
- Reading Philippians 4:4-9 [Exhortation to rejoice]
- Verse Anthem Rejoice in the Lord (Henry Purcell)
- Reading Ephesians 6:10-17 [The whole armor of God]
- Hymn Fight the good fight (tune– Duke Street)
- Reading Ephesians 2:17-22 [One in Christ]
- Communion verse Signa eos qui in me credunt (Gregorian chant)
- Reading Philippians 1:3-11 [Paul's prayer for the Philippians]
- Gradual In omnem terram (Gregorian chant)
- Reading Philippians 3:1, 7-17 [Pressing toward the goal]
- Chant Litany to Saint Paul (Jeremy de Satgé)
- Reading Colossians 3:12-17 [New life in Christ]
- Hymn With golden splendor (tune– Annue Christe)
- Reading I Thessalonians 4:13-18 [The coming of the Lord]
- Plainsong hymn Aurea luce (Gregorian chant)
- Reading Titus 2:11-15 [The grace of God]
- Hymn Paul, 'tis the end (tune– Ab ascendente)
- Reading from Sermon 299A:6 of Saint Augustine [When God awards a crown to Paul's merits, he is rewarding his own gifts]
- Hymn And can it be (Thomas Campbell)
- Reading Concluding prayer
- Hymn Forth in the peace of Christ I go (tune– Deo gracias)
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