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30 April 2011

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)


  1. I wish the words would be exactly what the choir is singing.
    The music is beautiful!

  2. I have corrected the text of the anthem. Thanks for pointing it out.