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).

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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Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor

This sturdy text and hymn tune comes from Wales–a people who know how to sing! The tune, BRYN CALFARIA, is Welsh for “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, “Guide Me, O Thou […]

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Savior of the Nations, Come

  Savior of the nations, come; Virgin’s Son, here make Thy home! Marvel now, O heaven and earth, That the Lord chose such a birth. Not by human flesh and blood; By the Spirit of our God Was the Word of God made flesh, Woman’s offspring, pure and fresh. Wondrous birth! O wondrous Child Of […]

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