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Choral Music for Ascension and Pentecost

The list on this page focuses specifically on hymn concertatos for this part of the church year. A hymn concertato is a festive arrangement of a hymn, usually featuring congregational as well as choral and instrumental involvement. Brass fanfares and accompaniments appear frequently in concertatos.

Acts 2: 1-21: a Dramatic Reading for Pentecost

The dramatic reading on these pages was prepared by Ervina Boeve, professor of Speech at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for the Conference on Liturgy and Music at Calvin Seminary, August 1985. Professor Boeve has also included some directors notes for those interested in rehearsing the reading and using it as part of worship on Pentecost Sunday.

A Festival Service for Pentecost

The Opening

Preludes: "Come, God, Creator, Holy Ghost"
J. S. Bach

"Breathe on Me, Breath of God"
Edwin T. Childs

Choral Call to Worship:
"Breathe on Me, Breath of God"

Sentences of Dependence and Greeting:

Hymn of the Month

Good Christians, All Rejoice and Sing

This joyful hymn, which celebrates Christ's triumphant resurrection, first appeared in Melchoir Vulpius's hymnal Ein schoen geistlich Gesangbuch in 1609. The original text, "Gelobt sei Gott im hoechsten Thron" ("Praise Be to God Enthroned on High") is much older and ascribed to Michael Weisse, Bohemian Brethren minister and editor of the Brethren hymnal of 1531.