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UMS Concert Program, February 4, 1898: Choral Union Series -- Mendelssohn's "st. Paul."

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Season: 1897-1898
Concert: FOURTH
Complete Series: LXII

Friday Evening, February 4, 1898,
Ifoenfcelssobn's " St. paul."
MR. LLEWELLYN L. RENWIC-K, Okganist, and thk
-Chicago festival orchestra.
The next Concert in the Choral Union Series will be a Song Recital, March 11, by
Will give a Recital on the Frieze Memorial Organ, Friday Evening, February 1 .
Tickets including Reserved Seats 50c. Boards open at Wetmore's Book Store,
Main St., and Calkins' Drug Store, State St., Monday, Feb. 7, 9 a. m.
Holders of the following reserved seat checks are requested to call at the School of Music as soon as possible, or communicate by mail with L. D. Wines. Nos. 70, 71, 72, 85, 86, 87, 88. Section 5, Gallery.
Lord Thou alone art God, and Thine are the houven. the earth, the mighty waters.
The Heathen furiously rage, Lord, against Thee, and against Thy Christ. Now behold, lest our foes prevail, and grant to Thy servants all strength and joy fulness, that they may preach Thy word. Acts iv. it, ai. 2!i.
CHORAL. To God on high be thanks and praise
Who deigns our bonds to sever, His cares our drooping souls upraise,
And harm shall reach us never. On him we rest, with faith assur'd, Of all that live the mighty Lord. For ever and for ever.
RECIT ATI V E.--( Sopk a no. )
And the many that believed were of one heart, and of one soul. And Stephen, full of faith and full of power, did great wonders among the people. And they of the Synagogue were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake. Acts iv. 3:: vi. s, 10.
Then they suborned men who were false witnesses, which said:-Acts vi. 1L
"We verily have heard him blaspheme against these holy places, and against the law: ourselves have heard hiuispeak."" Actsvi. i:t.
And they stirred up the people and the elders, and came upon him. and caught hold of him. and brought him to the council, and spake:-Acts vi. 12.
"Now this man ceaseth not to utter blasphemous words against the law of Moses, and also God!''
"Did wo not enjoin and straitly command you, that you should not teach in the Name ye follow Andlo! ye have filled Jerusalem throughout with yourunlawfnl doctrine!"
"He hath said, and our ears have heard him, Jesus of Nazareth. He shall destroy all these our holy places, and change all the customs which Moses delivered us."
Acts vi. 11; v. 2K; vi. 14.
And all that sat in the council looked steadfastly on him. and saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.
Then said the High Priest: "Are these things so" and Stephen said:-Acts vi. 13; vii. l.
"Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken unto me. The God of glory appeared unto our fathers, delivered the people out of their afflictions, and gave them favour. But they understood it not. He sent Moses into Egypt, for He saw their afflictions and heard their groaning. But they refused him, and would not obey his word, but tli rust him from them, and sacrificed to senseless idols.
"Solomon built him an house; albeit the Most High Clod dwelleth not in temples which are made with hands; for heaven is His throne, and earth is but His footstool. Hath not His hand made all these things
"Ye hard of heart, ye always resist the Holy Ghost. As did your fathers, even so do ye. Which of the Prophets have not your fathers persecuted And they have slain them which showed before the coming of Him. the Just One. with whose murder ye have here been stained. Ye have received the Law by the disposition of angels, and ye have not obeyed it " Aets vilCHORUS OF THE HEBREWS.
'Take him away ! For now the holy Name of God he "Hath blasphemed, and who blasphemes Him. he shall perish " Acts xxi. H(i; Lev. x'iv. lii.
RE( 'ITATIVE.--iScpicn.--(Tenor. ) "Lo! I see the heavens opened, and the son of man standing at the right hand of God!" Ari9 vii. 5i.
'Jerusalem. Jerusalem, thou that killest the Prophets, thou that stonest them which are sent unto tliee: how often would I have gathered unto Me thy children, and ye would not!" M;lUNXlii-:iTRECITATIVE.--(Tenok. )
Then they ran upon him with one accord, and cast him out of the city, and stoned him. and cried aloud:-Acts vii. 57, 5H.
"Stone him to death. He blasphemes God: and who does so shall surely perish. Stone him to death."
Ia'v. xxiv. Hi.
And they stoned him: and he kneeled down, and cried
aloud. "Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. Lord
Jesus, receive my spirit."" And when he had said this.
he fell asleep. Acts vii. 3, 00.
To Thee, O Lord. I yield my spirit.
Who break'st, in love, this mortal chain. My life I but from Thee inherit.
And death becomes my chiefest gain. In Thee I live, in Thee I die. Content, for Thou art ever nigh.
RE( 1TAT1VE.--(Soprano. )
And the witnesses had laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man whose name was Saul, who was consenting unto his death. Acts vii. 58: vili. 1.
And devout men took Stephen and carried him to burial, and made great lamentation over him. Acts vlll. 2.
Happy and blest are they who have endured, yea. blest and happy. For though the body dies, the soul shall live for ever. Jumes i. VI.
And Saul made havoc of the Church; and breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples, he spake of them much evil, and said:-Acts vlll. :i; ix. 1.
"Consume them all, Lord Saboath, consume all these thine enemies. vBehold. they will not know Thee, that Thou, our great .Iphovah. art the Lord alone, the Highest over all the world. Pour out Thy indignation, and let them feel Thy power." Psalm Hx. 1:1: Ixxxiii. is: ixlx. -M
RECITATIVE.--(Contralto. )
And he journeyed with companions towards Damascus, and had authority and command from' the High Priest that he should bring them bound, men and women, unto Jerusalem. Arts ix. :.
Hut the Lord is mindful of His own. He remembers His children. Bow down before Him, ye mighty, for the Lord is hear us. I'salm cxv. 12; 2 Tim. ii. Ill: 1'hilipp. iv. s.
RKCITATIVE--(Tjsnor and Bass.)--AND CHORUS.
And as he journeyed he came near ¦ unto Damascus: when suddenly there shone around him a light from heaven: and he fell to the earth; and he heard a voice saying unto him:-"Saul, Saul, why persecuted thou Me"
And he said, "Lord, who art thou" And the Lord said to him: "T am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest."
And he said, trembling and astonished, "Lord, what wilt Thou have me do" The Lord said to him:-"Arise, and go into the city: and there thou shalt be told what thou must do." Acts ix. :i. 4. s. (i.
Kise! up! arise! rise and shine! for thy light comes, and the glory of the Lord dotli appear upon thee.
Behold, now. total darkness covereth the kingdoms, and gross darkness the people. But upon thee riseth the mighty Lord: and the glory of the Lord appeareth upon thee." isuiiiii ix. i.::.
Sleepers, wake, a voice is calling: It is the watchman on the walls.
Thou city of.Jerusalem. For lo, the Bridegroom comes! Arise, and take your lamps. Hallelujah! Awake! His kingdom is at hand. Go forth to meet your Lord. Mutt. xxv. i.
And his companions which journeyed with him stood, and they were afraid, hearing a voice but seeing no man. And Saul arose from the earth, and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand into Damascus, and he was three days without sight, and did neither eat nor drink. Acts ix. 7, 8, ft.
"O God. have mercy upon me, and blot out my transgressions according to thy loving kindness, yea, even for Thy mercy's sake. Deny me not, O cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Spirit from me, O
Loi'd. Lord, a broken heart and a contrite heart is offered before Thee. I will speak of Thy salvation. I will teach transgressors, and all the sinners shall be converted unto Thee. Then open Thou my lips, O Lord, and my mouth shall show forth thy glorious praise."
I'siilm li. 1, 11, 17, i:s, 1").
RECITATIVE.--(Tenor and Soprano.) And there was a disciple at Damascus, named Ananias: to him said the Lord: "Ananias, arise, and enquire thou for Saul of Tarsus: for behold, he prayeth. He is a chosen vessel to Me. the Lord; and I will shew unto him how great things he must suffer for My Name's sake."'
Acts ix. 10,11,15,10.
AJUA [Paul.) AND CHORUS.--(Bass.)
I praise Thee, O Lord my God. with all my heart, for evermore. For great is Thy mercy toward me, and Thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.
Psalm Ixxxvi 12. i:i: Tssilrili xxv. R.
CHORUS. The Lord He is good: He will dry your tears, and heal
all your sorrows. For His word shall not decay.
Rev. xxi. 4: Matt. xxiv. :fi.
And Ananias went his way. and entered into the house, and laying his hands upon him. said:-(Tenor.)
"Hear thou. brother Saul! The Lord hath sent me hither, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee as thou earnest, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be likewise filled with the Holy Ghost." Acts ix. 17.
And there fell from his eyes like as though it were scales; and he received his sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptised. A nd straightway he preached Jesus in the synagogues, and said: "I thank God, who hath made me free through Christ."' Arts ix. is. 20; Hum. iv. 2"i. CHORUS.
O great is the depth of the riches of wisdom and knowledge of the Father! How deep and unerring is He in His judgments! His ways are past our understanding. Sing His glory for evermore. Amen. Rom. xi.;.
And Paul came to the congregation, and preached freely the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Then spake the Holy Ghost: "'Set ye apart Barnabas and Paul, for the work whereby I have called them." And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. Acts ix. 29; xiil, 2, li.
DUETTINO--Paul and Barnuhas.--(Tenor and Bass.)
Now we are ambassadors in the Name of Christ, and fiod beseecheth you by us. 2 Cor. v. 20.
How lovely are the messengers that preach us the gospel of peace! To all the nations is gone forth the sound of their words, throughout all the lands their glad tidings. Rom. x 13, 18.
So they, being tilled with the Holy (ihost. departing thence delayed not. and preached the word of God with joyfulness. Acts xlil. 4. r.
I will sing of Thy great mercies. O Lord, my Saviour, and of Thy faithfulness evermore. l'salm Ixxxix. 1.
But when the Jews saw the multitudes, how they assembled to hear what Paul delivered unto them, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things '"whielnvere pokemiy Baul. contradicting and blaspheming. Actsxili. in."'
CHORUS OF THE MULTITUDE. Thus saith the Lord: '"I am the Lord, and beside Me is no Saviour." Isaiiih xllli 17.
And they laid wait for Paul, and consulted together that they might kill him. and spake one to another:-Acts ix. Si. :4.
CHORUS OF THE MULTITUDE. "Is this he, who in Jerusalem destroyed all calling on that Name which here he preaeheth';' May all deceivers ever be confounded ! Force him away. Hence, away."
Acts ix. 21.
But Paul and Barnabas spake freely and publicly unto the people :-Acts xiii. 4(5.
"Ye were chosen lirst to have the word of the Lord set before you: but. seeing that ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of the life everlasting, behold ye, we turn, even now, unto the Gentiles;'' Acts xiii. 4(i.
DUET--Paul and Barnabas.(Tenor and Bass.) ''For so hath the Lord Himself commanded: 'Behold. I have made thee a light to the Gentiles, and for salvation unto all of the earth."
"For those who call on the Lord. He will hear them, and they shall be blessed." Acts xiii 47; ii. 21.
RECITATIVE.--(Tenor. )
And there was a man at Lystra. impotent in his feet, and who had never walked: and the same heard Paul speak: who, steadfastly beholding him. said with a loud voiceStand upright upon thy feet.'' And he leaped up and walked, and praised God. But when the Gentiles saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying one to another: -Acts xlv. .!), 10,11.
"The gods themselves as mortals have descended. Behold them here, and adore them! Behold, and worship! Let us all adore them!" Acts xlv. 11.
RECITATIVE.--(Soprano. )
And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius. Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, and would have sacrificed with the people, and adored them. Acts xiv.12 13.
O be gracious, ye immortals! Heed our sacrifice with favour!
RECITATIVE.--(Tenor. )
Now when the Apostles heard the same, they rent their garments, and ran in among the people, crying out, and saying:-Acts xlv, 14.
RECITATIVE.--Paul--(Bass. )
"O wherefore do ye these things We also are men, of like passions with yourselves; who preach unto you, in
peace and, that ye should turn away from all these vanities unto the ever living God. who made the outstretched heavens, the earth, and the sea. Antsxiv. is.
"As saith the prophet: 'All your idols are but falsehood, and there is no breath in them: they are vanity, and the work of errors: in the time of -their trouble they shall perish.' Jer. x. 14, is.
"God dwelleth not in temples made with hands.
Acts xvii. :.'4.
"For know ye not that ye are His temple, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth within you And whoso"er God's temple defileth, God shall sure destroy him;
"For the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
10oi ill. lli 17.
SOLO (Bass) AND CHORUS OF CHRISTIANS. "But our God abideth high in heaven. His will direcfceth all the world." J'salm c.xv.x.
-------sRKCIT ATI VE.--( Soprano. )
Then the multitude was stirred up against them, arm there was an assault of the.lews and of the Gentiles: they were full of anger, and cried out against them:-Acts xiv. 2. S.
"This is Jehovah's temple. Ye children of Israel, help us! For this is the man who teacheth all men, against the people, against this place, and also our holy law. We have heard him speak against the law. He blasphemes God. Stone him to death.'1 Acts xxi. at. RECITATIVE.--(Soprano.)
And they all persecuted Paul on his way; but the Lord stood with him, and strengthened him. that by him the word might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear. 2 Tim. iv. 17.
"Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. Be not afraid, My help is nigh."
Rev. ii. 10; .lev. i. s.
RECITATIVE.--(Soprano. )
And Paul sent and called the elders of the Church at Ephesus. and said to them: Actsxx. 17.
"Ye know how at all seasons I have been with you. serving the Lord with all humility, and with many tears; testifying the faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ. And now, "behold ye. I, bound in spirit, go my way to Jerusalem. Bonds and affliction abide me there; and ye shall see my face no more. Acts xx. IK. u, 21, 22, St. 25.
RECITATIVE.-(Soprano.) And they all wept sore and prayed:-Acts xx. :t7.
"What mean ye thus to weep, and thus to break my heart For I am prepared, not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem, for the Name of the Lord our Saviour Jesus Christ.': Acts xxi. is.
And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all. And they accompanied him unto the ship, and saw his face no more. Acts xx. 3(1. as.
And though he be offered upon the sacrifice of our faith, yet he hath fought a good fight; he hath finished his course; he hath kept well the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for him a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give him at the last great day. 2 Tim. iv. a, 7, 8.
Not only unto him, but to all them that love truly His appearing. The Lord oareth for us, and The Lord saveth us. 2 Tim. iv 8.
Bless thou the Lord, O my soul, and all within me bless and praise His most holy Name for ever. ,
All ye His angels, praise ye the Lord. Psalm clil i, 20.

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