The musicians of St John’s Episcopal Church, Dallas, music ministry strive to glorify the Triune God as revealed in Holy Scripture, so that His people might be edified through music. With nearly 70 years’ tradition of sacred music, St John’s music ministry continues to learn, promote, and offer the highest quality liturgical and sacred music. Concerts and other special events are musical features of this music ministry. If you wish to participate through playing an instrument or singing, contact Benjamin Kolodziej, Organist and Choirmaster (bkolodziej@stjohnsepiscopal.org).

How Bright Appears the Morning Star

This great Epiphany hymn, whose text and tune were composed by Philip Nicolai in 1599,  is known as the “Queen of Chorales” in the Lutheran Church.   In this context, “chorale” designates specifically a German congregational hymn from the Reformation to about 1618.  This hymn was greatly beloved and popular (German weddings of this era were […]

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Songs of Thankfulness and Praise

The author of this text, Christopher Wordsworth (1807-1885), was born into an educated and ecclesiastical family, studying literature and mathematics at Cambridge University, England.  He taught school, served as parish priest, and eventually ended up as a bishop in the Church of England;  he wrote many books, including a book of hymns based on the […]

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Silent Night

“Silent Night, Holy Night.”  This famous carol has an equally-famous story attached to it which always bears repeating.  Every organist’s worst nightmare is that the organ will cease to function on a major festival occasion. Such was the case on 24 December, 1818 in a small village in the Austrian Alps.  The organ had broken […]

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O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

This is one of the most beloved of Advent hymns, and it dates back to the ninth century, to the time of Charlemagne.  Each stanza addressed Christ by a different name utilizing the “O Antiphons,” typically sung during Vespers on the week leading to Christmas. Each antiphon conveys a different title for Jesus: December 17: […]

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