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The second service for Healing Mind, Body and Spirit was held in November and a third service is planned for December 8.  We had small gatherings, but the participants seem to appreciate the quiet service.   I had a number of comments about the effects of the music on the listeners.   I have chosen various compositions by Michele McLaughlin that I find to be relaxing and almost hypnotic in character. 


During December we will hear a variety of music.   HeartVoice Trio sings for the December 1st service.  


The choir sings a new composition by David Lindenfeld on December 8.  This piece also uses recorders and a keyboard with a harpsichord sound.   Michael Taylor and Rachael Blake will provide Prelude and Offertory music on flutes.  


On December 15, we have a string trio coming from LSU, and the choir will sing two anthems.  The first anthem, Heilig, Heilig by Mendelssohn is antiphonal.  This means that the choir is divided and will sing to each other.   The second anthem, O Magnum Mysterium by Morten Lauridsen is not antiphonal, but it begins in four-part texture and in the middle section moves to a nine-part texture. 


On December 22, the children and youth choirs will sing for the Pageant service.


Ross Hoppe and friends will accompany the Celebrity Requiem service on December 29. 


We have a guest pianist for our Solstice Service.  Rebecca Gillian will be providing music for a service of reflection and celebration of winter.


Christmas Eve musicians include violinist Thomas Oswald and flutist Melanie Lancon and cellist Alvaro Angulo.   The choir will be singing.