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26 April 2014

This Is The Feast of Victory



Refrain:

This is the feast of victory for our God.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Worthy is Christ, the Lamb who was slain,
Whose blood set us free to be people of God? (Refrain)

Power, riches and wisdom and strength,
And honor and blessing and glory are his. (Refrain)

Sing with all the people of God
And join in the hymn of all creation. (Refrain)

Blessing and honor and glory and might
Be to God and the Lamb forever. Amen. (Refrain)

For the Lamb who was slain
has begun his reign. Alleluia. (Refrain)

Text: based on Revelation 5. Text (c) Copyright 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship
Tune: FESTIVAL CANTICLE, Irr. By Richard Hillert (1975).

25 April 2014

Easter from King's 2014





In a tradition dating from 2004 the renown King's College Choir presents Easter from Kings, Passiontide to Easter Day from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge.

Hymn - There is a green hill far away
Welcome
Miserere mei, Deus (Gregorio Allegri)
Reading - Mark 11
Hosianna dem sohne Davids (Bartholomäus Gesius)
Reading - Upon the asse that bore our Saviour (Richard Crashaw)
Hymn - Ride on, ride on in majesty (arr. Philip Ledger)
Reading - Mark 14
Panis angelicus (César Franck)
Ave verum corpus (William Byrd)
Reading - Mark 14
Ah, holy Jesu (Crüger / JS Bach / Johann Heerman)
Lacrimosa from Requiem in D-Minor (K.626) (Wolfgang A. Mozart)
Reading Mark 15
Crux fidelis (John IV of Portugal)
O Saviour of the world (Frederick AG Ouseley)
When I survey the wondrous cross (arr. Stephen Cleobury)
Reading - Good Friday 1613 (John Donne)
Christe, adoramus te (Claudio Monteverdi)
Where you there? (arr. James Whitbourn)
Reading - Luke 24
This joyful Eastertide (arr. Charles Wood)
Hallelujah Chorus (G.F. Handel)
Reading - I got me flowers (George Herbert)
Reading - Everyone Sang (Siegfried Sassoon)
Let all the world, from The Five Mystical Songs (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
Blessing
Hymn - Jesus Christ is risen today (arr. Stephen Cleobury)
Voluntary - Christ lag in todesbanden BWV 625 (J S Bach)

See also - Easter from King's from previous years:

22 April 2014

Jesus Christ is Risen Today (Tune: EASTER HYMN)

















Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly king, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

But the pains which he endured, Alleluia!
Our salvation have procured; Alleluia!
Now above the sky he’s king, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

Sing we to our God above, Alleluia!
Praise eternal as his love; Alleluia!
Praise him, all you heavenly host, Alleluia!
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!

Words: Paraphrase of Surrexit Christus hodie (c. 1372) in Lyra Davidica (1708)
Tune: EASTER HYMN 77.77 + Alleluias (Lyra Davidica, 1708)

21 April 2014

The Strife is O'er







Antiphon: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
The strife is o'er, the battle done;
the victory of life is won;
the song of triumph has begun:
Alleluia!

The powers of death have done their worst,
but Christ their legions hath dispersed;
let shouts of holy joy outburst:
Alleluia!

The three sad days are quickly sped;
he rises glorious from the dead;
all glory to our risen Head!
Alleluia!

Lord, by the stripes which wounded thee,
from death's dread sting thy servants free,
that we may live, and sing to thee:
Alleluia!

Text: Finita iam sunt praelia, Latin, 12th c, tr. Francis Pott, 1832-1909
Tune: VICTORY 888 + Alleluias, by Giovanni P. da Palestrina (1525-1594), adapted by William H. Monk (1823-1889).

20 April 2014

Hail Thee Festival Day (Easter) [Tune: SALVE FESTA DIES]









See also: Hail Thee, Festival Day (Pentecost)

Refrain:

Hail thee, festival day!
Blest day that art hallowed forever;
day wherein Christ arose,
breaking the kingdom of death.
Lo, the fair beauty of earth,
from the death of the winter arising,
every good gift of the year
now with its Master returns. (Refrain)

He who was nailed to the Cross
is God and the Ruler of all things;
all things created on earth
worship the Maker of all. (Refrain)

God of all pity and power,
let thy word be assured to the doubted;
light on the third day returns:
rise, Son of God, from the tomb! (Refrain)

Ill doth it seem that thy limbs
should linger in lowly dishonor;
ransom and price of the world,
veiled from the vision of men. (Refrain)

Loosen, O Lord, the enchained,
the spirits imprisoned in darkness;
rescue, recall into life those
who are rushing to death. (Refrain)

Ill it beseemeth that thou,
by whose hand all things are encompassed,
captive and bound shouldst remain,
deep in the gloom of the rock. (Refrain)

Rise now, O Lord, from the grave
and cast off the shroud that enwrapped thee;
thou art sufficient for us;
nothing without thee exists. (Refrain)

Mourning they laid thee to rest,
who art Author of life and creation;
treading the pathway of death,
life thou bestowedst on man. (Refrain)

Show us thy face once more,
that the ages may joy in thy brightness;
give us the light of day,
darkened on earth at thy death. (Refrain)

Out of the prison of death
thou art rescuing numberless captives;
freely they tread in the way
whither their Maker has gone. (Refrain)

Jesus has harrowed hell;
he had led captivity captive;
darkness and chaos and death
flee from the face of the light. (Refrain)

See also: Hail Thee, Festival Day (Pentecost)

For a different version, see: Welcome, Happy Morning!

Text: Salve Festa Dies by Venantius Fortunatus (c. 530-c. 600/609)
Translator: Maurice Frederick Bell (The English Hymnal, 1906)

Music: SALVE FESTA DIES 79.77+Refrain, by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

18 April 2014

Jesús inclinó la cabeza a la hora de nona (Taizé)







Jesús inclinó la cabeza a la hora de nona.

See my other blog postings in the "Taizé" series of chants.

Official Taizé Community Website

Wikipedia information on the Taizé Community
- in French
- in English

The Reproaches (John Sanders)





O my people, what have I done to you? How have I offended you? Answer me!

I led you out of Egypt, from slavery to freedom, but you led your Saviour to the cross.

O my people, what have I done to you? How have I offended you? Answer me!

Holy is God! Holy and strong! Holy immortal One, have mercy on us.

For forty years I led you safely through the desert. I fed you with manna from heaven, and brought you to a land of plenty; but you led your Saviour to the cross.

Holy is God! Holy and strong! Holy immortal One, have mercy on us.

What more could I have done for you? I planted you as my fairest vine, but you yielded only bitterness: when I was thirsty you gave me vinegar to drink, and you pierced your Saviour's side with a lance.

Holy is God! Holy and strong! Holy immortal One, have mercy on us.

I opened the sea before you, but you opened my side with a spear.
I led you on your way in a pillar of cloud, but you led me to Pilate's court.

O my people, what have I done to you? How have I offended you? Answer me!

I bore you up with manna in the desert, but you struck me down and scourged me.
I gave you saving water from the rock, but you gave me gall and vinegar to drink.

O my people, what have I done to you? How have I offended you? Answer me!

I gave you a royal sceptre, but you gave me a crown of thorns.
I raised you to the height of majesty, but you have raised me high on a cross.

O my people, what have I done to you? How have I offended you? Answer me!

Composer: John Sanders (1933-2003)

17 April 2014

Portant des rameaux, Hosanna (Taizé)



Portant des rameaux, ils allaient au devant du Seigneur et l'acclamaient:
Hosanna, qu'il soit beni celui qui vient au nom du Seigneur! 

See my other blog postings in the "Taizé" series of chants.

Official Taizé Community Website

Wikipedia information on the Taizé Community
- in French
- in English

13 April 2014

This Day God Gives Me (Tune: ANDREA)







1. This day God gives me
Strength of high heaven,
Sun and moon shining,
Flame in my hearth,
Flashing of lightning,
Wind in its swiftness,
Deeps of the ocean,
Firmness of earth.

2. This day God sends me
Strength as my guardian,
Might to uphold me,
Wisdom as guide.
Your eyes are watchful,
Your ears are list’ning,
Your lips are speaking,
Friend at my side.

3. God’s way is my way,
God’s shield is ’round me,
God’s host defends me,
Saving from ill.
Angels of heaven,
Drive from me always
All that would harm me,
Stand by me still.

4. Rising I thank you,
Mighty and Strong One,
King of creation,
Giver of rest,
Firmly confessing
Threeness of Persons,
Oneness of Godhead,
Trinity blest.

Text: James Quinn
Tune: ANDREA

Psalm 137 (Taizé)



Je chanterai le Seigneur,
en présence des anges

De tout mon coeur, Seigneur, je te rends grâce :
tu as entendu les paroles de ma bouche.
Je te chante en présence des anges,
vers ton temple sacré, je me prosterne.

Je rends grâce à ton nom pour ton amour et ta vérité,
car tu élèves, au-dessus de tout, ton nom et ta parole.
Le jour où tu répondis à mon appel,
tu fis grandir en mon âme la force.

Tous les rois de la terre te rendent grâce
quand ils entendent les paroles de ta bouche.
Ils chantent les chemins du Seigneur :
« Qu'elle est grande, la gloire du Seigneur ! »

Si haut que soit le Seigneur,
il voit le plus humble ;
de loin, il reconnaît l'orgueilleux.
Si je marche au milieu des angoisses,
tu me fais vivre,
ta main s'abat sur mes ennemis en colère.

Ta droite me rend vainqueur.
Le Seigneur fait tout pour moi !
Seigneur, éternel est ton amour :
n'arrête pas l'oeuvre de tes mains.

See my other blog postings in the "Taizé" series of chants.

Official Taizé Community Website

Wikipedia information on the Taizé Community
- in French
- in English

O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High (Tune: DEUS TUORUM MILITUM)



See alternate tune: O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High (Tune: DEO GRACIAS)

1. O love, how deep, how broad, how high,
it fills the heart with ecstasy,
that God, the Son of God, should take
our mortal form for mortals' sake!

2. For us baptized, for us he bore
his holy fast and hungered sore,
for us temptation sharp he knew;
for us the tempter overthrew.

3. For us he prayed; for us he taught;
for us his daily works he wrought;
by words and signs and actions thus
still seeking not himself, but us.

4. For us to evil power betrayed,
scourged, mocked, in purple robe arrayed,
he bore the shameful cross and death,
for us gave up his dying breath.

5. For us he rose from death again;
for us he went on high to reign;
for us he sent his Spirit here,
to guide, to strengthen, and to cheer.

6. All glory to our Lord and God
for love so deep, so high, so broad:
the Trinity whom we adore,
forever and forevermore.


See alternate tune: O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High (Tune: DEO GRACIAS)

Text: Latin 15th century, attributed to Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471). Trans. Benjamin Webb (1819-1885)

Tune: DEUS TUORUM MILITUM LM, from the Grenoble Antiphoner (1753)

12 April 2014

O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High (TUNE: DEO GRACIAS)



See alternate tune: O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High (Tune: DEUS TUORUM MILITUM)

1. O love, how deep, how broad, how high,
it fills the heart with ecstasy,
that God, the Son of God, should take
our mortal form for mortals' sake!

2. For us baptized, for us he bore
his holy fast and hungered sore,
for us temptation sharp he knew;
for us the tempter overthrew.

3. For us he prayed; for us he taught;
for us his daily works he wrought;
by words and signs and actions thus
still seeking not himself, but us.

4. For us to evil power betrayed,
scourged, mocked, in purple robe arrayed,
he bore the shameful cross and death,
for us gave up his dying breath.

5. For us he rose from death again;
for us he went on high to reign;
for us he sent his Spirit here,
to guide, to strengthen, and to cheer.

6. All glory to our Lord and God
for love so deep, so high, so broad:
the Trinity whom we adore,
forever and forevermore.

See alternate tune: O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High (Tune: DEUS TUORUM MILITUM)

Text: Latin 15th century, attributed to Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471). Trans. Benjamin Webb (1819-1885)

Music: DEO GRACIAS LM, "Agincourt Carol" (Trinity College MS, circa 1415)

Shepherd Me, O God (Marty Haugen)







Refrain:

Shepherd me, O God,
beyond my wants,
beyond my fears,
from death into life.
God is my shepherd,
so nothing shall I want,
I rest in the meadows
of faithfulness and love,
I walk by the quiet waters of peace. (Refrain)

Gently you raise me
and heal my weary soul,
you lead me by pathways
of righteousness and truth,
my spirit shall sing
the music of your name. (Refrain)

Though I should wander
the valley of death,
I fear no evil,
for you are at my side,
your rod and your staff,
my comfort and my hope. (Refrain)

You have set me a banquet of love
in the face of hatred,
crowning me with love
beyond my pow’r to hold. (Refrain)

Surely your kindness and mercy
follow me all the days of my life;
I will dwell in the house of my God
forevermore. (Refrain)

Setting of Psalm 23 (Dominus regit me).

Words & Music: Marty Haugen (b. 1950)

See my other blog postings in the Contemporary Catholic series.