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30 April 2011

The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine "Kate" Middleton

The complete/unabridged recording of the Royal Wedding of Prince William of Wales and Catherine "Kate" Middleton at Westminster Abbey on 29 April 2011.

See also: Wedding Programme (PDF)

Sing with All the Saints in Glory

1. Sing with all the saints in glory,
sing the resurrection song!
Death and sorrow, earth's dark story,
to the former days belong.
All around the clouds are breaking,
soon the storms of time shall cease;
in God's likeness we, awaking,
know the everlasting peace.

2. O what glory, far exceeding
all that eye has yet perceived!
Holiest hearts, for ages pleading,
never that full joy conceived.
God has promised, Christ prepares it,
there on high our welcome waits.
Every humble spirit shares it;
Christ has passed th'eternal gates.

3. Life eternal! heaven rejoices;
Jesus lives, who once was dead.
Join we now the deathless voices;
child of God, lift up your head!
Patriarchs from the distant ages,
saints all longing for their heaven,
prophets, psalmists, seers, and sages,
all await the glory given.

4. Life eternal! O what wonders
crowd on faith; what joy unknown,
when, amidst earth's closing thunders,
saints shall stand before the throne!
O to enter that bright portal,
see that glowing firmament;
know, with thee, O God Immortal,
"Jesus Christ whom thou has sent!"

Text: William J. Irons, 1812-1883
Tune: HYMN TO JOY, 87.87D

This is the Day (John Rutter)

This anthem was specially commisioned for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine "Kate" Middleton by the Dean and Chapter of Westminster Abbey.

The words consist of verses from Psalms 118:24; 148:1-3, 5a; 91:4a, 11; 121:5-8 and 27:16b.

This is the day which the Lord hath made: we will rejoice and be glad in it.
O praise the Lord of heav’n: praise him in the height.
Praise him, all ye angels of his: praise him, all his host.
Praise him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars and light.
Let them praise the Name of the Lord.
For he shall give his angels charge over thee: to keep thee in all thy ways.
The Lord himself is thy keeper: the Lord is thy defence upon thy right hand;
so that the sun shall not burn thee by day: neither the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: yea, it is even he that shall keep thy soul.
The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in: from this time forth for evermore.
He shall defend thee under his wings.
Be strong, and he shall comfort thine heart, and put thou thy trust in the Lord.

Composer: John Rutter (2011)

Sing to the Mountains (Bob Dufford)


Sing to the mountains, sing to the sea.
Raise your voices, lift your hearts.
This is the day the Lord has made.
Let all the earth rejoice.
I will give thanks to You, my Lord.
You have answered my plea.
You have saved my soul from death.
You are my strength and my song. Refrain

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Refrain

This is the day the Lord has made.
Let us be glad and rejoice.
He has turned all death to life.
Sin of the glory of God. Refrain

Paraphrase of Psalm 118

Composer: Bob Dufford (1975)

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28 April 2011

He Has Made Me Glad (I Will Enter His Gates)

I will enter his gates with
thanksgiving in my heart
I will enter his courts with praise
I will say this is the day that the
Lord has mad
I will rejoice for he has made me glad

He has made me glad
He has made me glad
I will rejoice for he has
made me glad (2x)

Paraphrase of Psalm 100:4-5

Composer: Leona Von Brethorst (1976)

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26 April 2011

Order My Steps In Your Word

Order my steps in Your word dear Lord,
lead me, guide me everyday,
send Your anointing, Father I pray;
order my steps in Your word,
please, order my steps in Your word.

Humbly, I ask Thee to teach me Your will,
while You are working, help me be still,
Satan is busy, God is real;
order my steps in Your word,
please, order my steps in Your word.

Briddle my tongue let my words edify,
let the words of my mouth be exceptable in Thy sight,
take charge of my thoughts both day and night;
order my steps in Your word,
please order my steps in Your word.

I want to walk worthy,
my calling to fulfill.
Please order my steps Lord,
and I'll do Your blessed will.
The world is ever changing,
but You are still the same;
if You order my steps, I'll praise Your name.

Order my steps in Your word.
Order my tongue in Your word.
Guide my feet in Your word.
Wash my heart in Your word.
Show me how to walk in Your word.
Show me how to talk in Your word.
When I need a brand new song to sing,
show me how to let Your praises ring,
in your word (2x),

Please order my steps in Your word,
Please order my steps in Your word.

Composer: Glenn Burleigh

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Because the Lord is my shepherd (Psalm 23 / Walker)

1. Because the Lord is my shepherd,
I have ev’ry thing I need.
He lets me rest in the meadow and leads me
to the quiet streams.
He restores my soul and he leads me
in the paths that are right:

Lord, you are my shepherd,
you are my friend.
I want to follow you always,
just to follow my friend.
2. And when the road leads to darkness,
I shall walk there unafraid.
Even when death is close I have courage,
for your help is there.
You are close beside me with comfort,
you are guiding my way: (Refrain)

3. In love you make me a banquet
for my enemies to see.
You make me welcome, pouring down honor
from your mighty hand,
and this joy fills me with gladness;
it is too much to bear: (Refrain)

4. Your goodness always is with me
and your mercy I know.
Your loving kindness strengthens me always
as I go through life.
I shall dwell in your presence forever,
giving praise to your name: (Refrain)

Paraphrase of Psalm 23

Composer: Christopher Walker (1985)

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Revelation 19 (Hallelujah, Salvation and Glory)

Hallelujah, salvation and glory,
honor and power unto the Lord our God.
For the Lord our God is mighty,
yes, the Lord our God is omnipotent,
the Lord our God,He is wonderful.

All praises be to the king of kings,
for the Lord our God, He is wonderful.
Hallelujah, hallellujah,
Hallelujah, hallellujah,
Hallelujah, hallellujah,
He is wonderful.
Hallelujah, salvation and glory,
honor and power,He is wonderful.
Composer: Jeffery LaValley

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Karamu (John P. Kee)

Umenifunulia mbingu (Mbingu)
Umenifunulia mbingu (Na kunibubujikia)
Oh, send Your rain...

Tunavyomsifu Bwana, Aleluia
Tunavyombariki jina lake, Aleluia
Twakuabudu mtakatifu
Twakuobudu walio wahuru
Twakuabudu mbwoji wako
Umenifunulia mbingu na kunibubujikia

This is the way we praise the Lord, Hallelujah
This is the way we bless His name, Hallelujah
We worship You on this holy mountain
We worship You in the land of the free
We worship You from the flowing fountain
Open the heavens and rain on me
Open the heavens and rain on me

Composer: John P. Kee (b. 1962)

John P. Kee's discography on YouTube.

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25 April 2011

King's College, Cambridge's 2011 Lessons & Carols for Easter

The complete video recording of the 2011 Lessons & Carols for Easter at King's College, Cambridge.

This BBC TV version comprises the complete set of lessons and carols, together with the bidding prayer.

Click The "Play" Arrow icon to watch the playlist. While the clip is playing you can go forward or backward by hovering your cursor below the screen, which calls up the individual clips that comprise the playlist.

From Ashes to the Living Font

From ashes to the living font
your Church must journey, Lord.
Baptised in grace, in grace renewed,
by your most holy word.

Through fasting, prayer, and charity,
your voice speaks deep within,
Returning us to ways of truth
and turning us from sin.

For thirsting hearts let waters flow,
our fainting souls revive;
And at the well your waters give –
our everlasting life.

From ashes to the living font
your Church must journey still,
Through cross and tomb to Easter joy,
in Spirit-fire fulfilled.

Composer: Alan J Hommerding

24 April 2011

Zadok the Priest (Handel)

Zadok, the Priest and Nathan, the Prophet anointed Solomon King.
And all the people rejoic'd, and said:
'God save The King, long live The King, may The King live for ever!
Amen Hallelujah!'

Composer: George Frederic Handel (1685-1759)

Surrexit Christus Hodie, Alleluia!

Surrexit Christus hodie, Alleluia!
Humano pro solamine, Alleluia!
Mortem qui passus pridie, Alleluia!
Miserrimo pro homine, Alleluia!

Mulieres ad tumulum, Alleluia!
Dona ferunt aromatum, Alleluia!
Album cernentes angelum, Alleluia!
Anuntiantes gaudium, Alleluia!

Mulieres o tremulae, Alleluia!
In Galilaeam pergite, Alleluia!
Discipulis hoc dicite, Alleluia!
Quod surrexit rex gloriae, Alleluia!

Ubique praecedet suos, Alleluia!
Quos dilexit, discipulos, Alleluia!
Sit benedictus hodie, Alleluia!
Qui nos redemit sanguine, Alleluia!

Ergo cum dulci melodo, Alleluia!
Benedicamus Domino, Alleluia!
Laudetur sancta trinitas, Alleluia!
Deo dicamus gratias, Alleluia!

16 April 2011

Lazarus Saturday & Palm Sunday Troparion

English Text:

O Christ our God,
when Thou didst raise Lazarus from the dead, before Thy Passion,
thou didst confirm the resurrection of the universe.
Wherefore, we, like children,
carry the banner of triumph and victory,
and we cry to Thee, O Conqueror of death,
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he that cometh in the Name of the Lord.

Troparion for Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday

Rejoice O Bethany / افرحي يا بيت عنيا (Koinonikon for Lazarus Saturday)




افرحي يابيت عنيا …. نحوك وافى الإله

من به الأموات تحيا …. كيف لا وهو الحياه

إن مارثا استقبلته …. ببكاء وعويل

وشكت لما رأته …. شدة الحزن الطويل

صرخت بالحالة ربي … أنت عوناً للرفيق

فا أعني إن قلبي …. ذاب من فقد الشقيق

قال كفي عن بكاكي …. ودعي هذا النحيب

واعلمي أن آخاك … سوف يحيا عن قريب

ثم نحو اللحد بادر …. ذلك الفادي الأمين

حينما نادى لعازر …. انهض ياذاك الدفين

أيها الأختان هيا …. انظرا الأمر العجيب

قام من في اللحد حيا …. واشكرا الفادي الحبيب

لك يارب البرايا …. لك نسجد بخشوع

إننا موت الخطايا …. بك نحيا يا يسوع


Rejoice, rejoice, O Bethany!
On this day God came to thee,
And in Him the dead are made alive,
As it is right for He is the Life.

When Martha went to receive Him,
Grieving loudly with bitter tears,
She poured out the sorrow of her heart to Him
With great sadness, wailing her lament.

She at once cried out unto Him:
“My most compassionate Lord, my Lord,
At the great loss of my brother Lazarus
My heart is broken, help me.”

Jesus said to her, “Cease your weeping,
Cease your grieving and sad lament;
For your brother, My most beloved friend, Lazarus,
Very soon will live again.”

Then He, the faithful Redeemer,
Made His way unto the tomb,
Where he cried unto him who was buried four days,
Calling him forth, saying “Lazarus, arise.”

Come with haste, ye two sisters,
And behold a wondrous thing,
For your brother from the tomb has returned to life.
To the beloved Redeemer now give thanks.

To Thee, O Lord of creation,
We kneel down in reverence profound,
For all we who are dead in sin,
In Thee, O Jesus, are made alive.

A Koinonikon for Lazarus Saturday,
Original Arabic text افرحي يا بيت عنيا composed by the Thrice-Blessed Athanasius (Atallah), Metropolitan of Homs. Transcribed in English & Western Notation by Bishop +Basil Essey (1986).

15 April 2011

Go to Dark Gethsemane

Go to dark Gethsemane,
All who feel the tempter's pow'r;
Your Redeemer's conflict see,
Watch with Him one bitter hour;
Turn not from His griefs away;
Learn from Jesus Christ to pray.

Follow to the judgment hall,
View the Lord of life arraigned;
Oh, the wormwood and the gall!
Oh, the pangs His soul sustained!
Shun not suff'ring, shame, or loss;
Learn from Him to bear the cross.

Calv'ry's mournful mountain climb;
There, adoring at His feet,
Mark that miracle of time,
God's own sacrifice complete.
"It is finished!" hear Him cry;
Learn from Jesus Christ to die.

Early hasten to the tomb
Where they laid His breathless clay;
All is solitude and gloom.
Who has taken Him away?
Christ is ris'n! He meets our eyes.
Savior, teach us so to rise.

Text: James Montgomery (1771-1854)
Tune: PETRA 77.77.77, by Richard Redhead (1820-1901)

13 April 2011

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy

There's a wideness in God's mercy
like the wideness of the sea;
there's a kindness in his justice,
which is more than liberty.
There is welcome for the sinner,
and more graces for the good;
there is mercy with the Savior;
there is healing in his blood.

There is no place where earth's sorrows
are more felt than in heaven;
there is no place where earth's failings
have such kind judgment given.
There is plentiful redemption
in the blood that has been shed;
there is joy for all the members
in the sorrows of the Head.

For the love of God is broader
than the measure of man's mind;
and the heart of the Eternal
is most wonderfully kind.
If our love were but more faithful,
we should take him at his word;
and our life would be thanksgiving
for the goodness of the Lord.

Text: Frederick William Faber (1862)
Tune: BEECHER 87.87D

Ah, Holy Jesus, How Hast Thou Offended

Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended,
that man to judge thee hath in hate pretended?
By foes derided, by thine own rejected,
O most afflicted.

Who was the guilty? Who brought this upon thee?
Alas, my treason, Jesus, hath undone thee.
'Twas I, Lord Jesus, I it was denied thee:
I crucified thee.

Lo, the Good Shepherd for the sheep is offered;
the slave hath sinned, and the Son hath suffered;
for our atonement, while we nothing heedeth,
God intercedeth.

For me, kind Jesus, was thy incarnation,
thy mortal sorrow, and thy life's oblation;
thy death of anguish and thy bitter passion,
for my salvation.

Therefore, kind Jesus, since I cannot pay thee,
I do adore thee, and will ever pray thee,
think on thy pity and thy love unswerving,
not my deserving.

Text: Johann Heermann (1585-1647); trans. Robert Seymour Bridges (1844-1930)
Tune: HERZLIEBSTER JESU (later form of melody by Johann Crüger, 1598-1662, arranged by Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685-1750)

11 April 2011

The King of Glory

The King of Glory comes,
the nation rejoices
Open the gates before him,
lift up your voices.
(1) Who is the King of Glory?
How shall we call him?
He is Immanuel,
the promised of ages.

(2) In all of Galilee,
in city or village
he goes among his people,
curing their illness.

(3) He gave his life for us,
the pledge of salvation,
he took upon himself
the sins of the nation.

(4) He conquered sin and death;
he truly has risen.
And he will share with us
his heavenly vision.

Text: Willard F. Jabush (b. 1930) © 1966, 1984
Tune: KING OF GLORY 12.12 + Refrain, Israeli folk tune

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10 April 2011

Easter Alleluia (Marty Haugen)

Alleluia alleluia, alleluia!

1. Glory to God who does wondrous things
Let all the people God's praises now sing,
All of creation in splendour shall ring: Alleluia! (refrain)

2. See how salvation for all has been won
Up from the grave our new life has begun
Life now perfected in Jesus, the Son: Alleluia! (refrain)

3. Now in our presence the Lord will appear,
Shine in the faces of all of us here,
Fill us with joy and cast out all our fear: Alleluia! (refrain)

4. Call us, Good Shepherd we listen for you
Wanting to see you in all that we do,
We would the gate of salvation pass through: Alleluia! (refrain)

5. Lord, we are open to all that you say,
Ready to listen and follow your way,
You are the potter and we are the clay: Alleluia! (refrain)

6. If we have love then we dwell in the Lord,
God will protect us from fire and sword
Fill us with love and the peace of his word:! Alleluia (refrain)

Text: Marty Haugen (1986). Copyright (c) 1986 GIA Publications, Inc.
Tune: O FILII ET FILIAE, 10.10.10 + Alleluia

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06 April 2011

O Sacred Head Sore Wounded

O sacred head, sore wounded,
defiled and put to scorn;
O kingly head surrounded
with mocking crown of thorn:
What sorrow mars thy grandeur?
Can death thy bloom deflower?
O countenance whose splendor
the hosts of heaven adore!

Thy beauty, long-desirèd,
hath vanished from our sight;
thy power is all expirèd,
and quenched the light of light.
Ah me! for whom thou diest,
hide not so far thy grace:
show me, O Love most highest,
the brightness of thy face.

I pray thee, Jesus, own me,
me, Shepherd good, for thine;
who to thy fold hast won me,
and fed with truth divine.
Me guilty, me refuse not,
incline thy face to me,
this comfort that I lose not,
on earth to comfort thee.

In thy most bitter passion
my heart to share doth cry,
with thee for my salvation
upon the cross to die.
Ah, keep my heart thus moved
to stand thy cross beneath,
to mourn thee, well-beloved,
yet thank thee for thy death.

My days are few, O fail not,
with thine immortal power,
to hold me that I quail not
in death's most fearful hour;
that I may fight befriended,
and see in my last strife
to me thine arms extended
upon the cross of life.

Text: Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676), vv. 1-3 & 5, tr. Robert Bridges (1844-1930), v. 4 tr. James Waddell Alexander (1804-1859)
Tune: Herzlich thut mich verlangen (Passion Chorale) 76.76D, by Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612)

Meter: 76 76 D

Eternal Lord of Love Behold Your Church

Eternal Lord, of love behold your church
walking once more the pilgrim way of Lent,
Led by your cloud by day, by night your fire.
Moved by your love and toward your presence bent.

So daily dying to the way of self,
so daily living in your way of love,
We walk the road, Lord Jesus, that you trod,
knowing ourselves baptized into your death:

If dead in you, so in you, we arise.
You the firstborn of all the faithful dead.
And as through stony ground the green shoots break,
Glorious in springtime dress of leaf and flower.

Text: Thomas Cain (b. 1931)
Tune: OLD 124TH

O Love of God, How Strong and True (Tune: Jerusalem)

O love of God, how strong and true!
Eternal, and yet ever new;
Uncomprehended and unbought,
Beyond all knowledge and all thought.

O love of God, how deep and great!
Far deeper than man's deepest hate;
Self fed, self kindled, like the light,
Changeless, eternal, infinite.

O heavenly love, how precious still,
In days of weariness and ill,
In nights of pain and helplessness,
To heal, to comfort, and to bless!

O wide embracing, wondrous love!
We read you [thee] in the sky above,
We read you [thee] in the earth below,
In seas that swell, and streams that flow.

We read you [thee] best in Him who came
To bear for us the cross of shame;
Sent by the Father from on high,
Our life to live, our death to die.

We read your [thy] power to bless and save,
E'en in the darkness of the grave;
Still more in resurrection light,
We read the fullness of your [thy] might.

O love of God, our shield and stay
Through all the perils of our way!
Eternal love, in thee we rest
Forever safe, forever blest.

We will exalt you, God and King,
and we will ever praise your name;
We will extol you ev'ry day,
and evermore your praise proclaim.

Text: Horatius Bonar (1861)
Tune: JERUSALEM, by. C. Hubert H. Parry (1916), arr. Michael McCarthy (2004)

My Shepherd Will Supply My Need (Psalm 23)

My Shepherd will supply my need:
Jehovah is His Name;
in pastures fresh he makes me feed,
beside the living stream.
He brings my wandering spirit back
when I forsake his ways,
and leads me, for his mercy's sake,
in paths of truth and grace.

When I walk through the shades of death
his presence is my stay;
one word of his supporting grace
drives all my fears away.
His hand, in sight of all my foes,
doth still my table spread;
my cup with blessings overflows,
his oil anoints my head.

The sure provisions of my God
attend me all my days;
O may thy house be my abode,
and all my work be praise.
There would I find a settled rest,
while others go and come;
no more a stranger, nor a guest,
but like a child at home.

Paraphrase of Psalm 23

Words: Isaac Watts (1674-1748)
Tune: RESIGNATION, CMD, American folk melody

03 April 2011

We Are Called (David Haas)

1. Come! live in the light!
Shine with the joy and the love of the Lord!
We are called to be light for the kingdom,
to live in the freedom of the city of God!


We are called to act with justice.
We are called to love tenderly.
We are called to serve one another, to walk humbly with God.
2. Come! Open your heart!
Show your mercy to all those in fear!
We are called to be hope for the hopeless,
so all hatred and blindness will be no more! (Refrain)

3. Sing! Sing a new song!
Sing of that great day when all will be one!
God will reign and we'll walk with each other as sisters and brothers united in love! (Refrain)

Composer: David Haas (1988)

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01 April 2011

Laetare Jerusalem

Laetáre Jerúsalem:
et convéntum fácite
ómnes qui dilígitis éam:
gaudéte cum laetítia,
qui in tristítia fuístis:
ut exsultétis, et satiémini
abubéribus consolatiónis véstrae.

Ps.: Laetátus sum in his quae dícta sunt míhi:
in dómum Dómini íbimus.

Glória Pátri, et Fílio,
et Spirítui Sáncto.
Sicut erat in princípio,
et nunc, et semper,
et in saécula saeculórum. Amen.

Laetáre Jerúsalem:
et convéntum fácite
ómnes qui dilígitis éam:
gaudéte cum laetítia,
qui in tristítia fuístis:
ut exsultétis, et satiémini
abubéribus consolatiónis véstrae.

Rejoice, O Jerusalem:
and come together all you that love her:
rejoice with joy you that have been in sorrow:
that you may exult,
and be filled from the breasts of your consolation

Ps.: I rejoiced at the things that were said to me:
we shall go into the house of the Lord.

Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Introit, Fourth Sunday in Lent (Laetare Sunday)

Thine Arm, O Lord, in Days of Old

Thine arm, O Lord, in days of old
was strong to heal and save;
it triumphed o'er disease and death,
o'er darkness and the grave.
To thee they went, the blind, the dumb,
the palsied, and the lame,
the leper with his tainted life,
the sick with fevered frame.

And lo! thy touch brought life and health,
gave hearing, strength, and sight;
and youth renewed and frenzy calmed
owned thee, the Lord of light:
and now, O Lord, be near to bless,
almighty as of yore,
in crowded street, by restless couch,
as by Gennesaret's shore.

Be thou our great deliverer still,
thou Lord of life and death;
restore and quicken, soothe and bless,
with thine almighty breath:
to hands that work and eyes that see,
give wisdom's heavenly lore,
that whole and sick, and weak and strong,
may praise thee evermore.

Text: Edward Hayes Plumptre (1864)
Tune: ST. MATTHEW, CMD, from Supplement to the New Version of Psalms by Dr. Brady and Mr. Tate, 1708