Jan 02

Prepare ye the way of the Lord (Isaiah 40:3-9) – Michael Wise

Isaiah 40:3-9

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:

And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:

The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.

The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!


Prepare ye the way of the Lord, composed by Michael Wise (1648-1687)


As performed by the Kampen boys Choir

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Dec 03

Oculi omnium [The eyes of all] (Psalm 145:15) – Charles Wood

Charles Wood

Charles Wood

Psalm 145:15 [Latin]

15 The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.


Oculi omnium, composed by Charles Wood (1866-1926) 


The joint choirs of St Michael & All Angels

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Jul 22

Laetatus sum [I rejoiced] (Psalm 122:1-9) – by Antonio Vivaldi

Psalm 122:1-9 Latin

I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.

Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together:

Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the Lord.

For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.

For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee.

Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek thy good.


Laetatus sum RV 607, composed by Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1841)


Performed by San Francisco Girls Chorus and Voices of Music

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Jun 17

Teach me, O Lord (Psalm 119:33-38) – William Byrd

 

William Byrd

William Byrd

Psalm 119:33-38

33 Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.

34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.

35 Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.

36 Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.

37 Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.

38 Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear.


Teach me, O Lord, composed by William Byrd (1539/1540-1623)


Performed by Guilford Cathedral Choir, directed by Barry Rose

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