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).

Where Charity and Love Prevail

This hymn text is derived from a Latin chant for Maundy Thursday, “Ubi caritas.”  Maundy Thursday’s liturgy focuses on Jesus’ mandatum novum, or “new command” in John 13: 34, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”  As Jesus washes His disciples’ feet that evening, He demonstrated that He is a servant, exemplifying our […]

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When I Survey

This beloved hymn comes from Isaac Watts (1676-1748), the revolutionary hymnist whose daring paraphrases of scripture in his hymns would permanently transform what had been a highly conservative approach to hymnody in English-speaking churches.  Although a Dissenter himself (ie, not a member of the Anglican Church), neither the Dissenting nor the Anglican liturgical tradition employed […]

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Go to Dark Gethsemane

This traditional Maundy Thursday hymn text was written by James Montgomery (1771-1854), a Scotchman amongst whose favorite hymns are “Come to Calvary’s Holy Mountain” and “Angels from the Realms of Glory.”  The son of a Moravian minister, he attended seminary in Yorkshire but tired of that and soon became a writer for the Sheffield Register, […]

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All Glory, Laud, and Honor

This hymn is one of the oldest in the corpus of Christian hymnody, written most likely by a certain Theodulf of Orleans.  A 16th-century legend records that Theodulf was a bishop imprisoned at Angers in 821 for having conspired against the king.  During his imprisonment, legend has it, he composed this text (originally there were […]

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