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).

Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor

This tune, BRYN CALFARIA, is Welsh and means “Mt Calvary.”  It is related to those other Welsh tunes, such as the one associated with “Thy Strong Word” (also powerfully in the minor key) or the happily major one, “Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer” in addition to “Immortal, Invisible” or HYFRYDOL, often associated with “Love […]

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When I Survey

This favourite hymn comes from Isaac Watts (1674-1748), the great English Dissenting hymnwriter who gave the English-speaking Church its first non-psalm-based hymnody. “When I Survey” was first published in Watts’ Hymns and Spiritual Songs (1707)—the first hymnal (not psalm translations) published in the English language. This hymnal, a copy of which the writer of music […]

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Psalmody

Whilst the practice of singing psalms in worship is ancient both in Hebrew and Christian tradition, it behooves us to consider exactly why such a practice is important or meaningful. The word “psalm” comes from the Hebrew word “tehillim,” meaning “praises,” and we know that the psalms were originally sung.  In fact, should you wish […]

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Holy God, We Praise Thy Name

This famous hymn is one of the few hymns that both Protestants and Catholics call one of their favorites.  It was sung as President Kennedy’s casket was carried out of the church after his funeral in 1963. The famous Austrian Empress Maria Theresa, a devout Catholic, ordered this hymn to be published in 1774; the […]

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