May 28

The heavens declare the glory of God (Psalm 19:1-5; Rev. 15:3b,4:11) – William Boyce

 

William Boyce, composer

William Boyce, composer

Psalm 19:1-5; Rev. 15:3b,4:11

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.

There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,

Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.

And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.


The heavens declare the glory of God (published 1790), composed by William Boyce (1711-1779)

Performed by Guildford Cathedral Choir, Gavin Williams (organ), directed by Barry Rose

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May 20

O clap your hands (Psalm 47:1-9b) – Orlando Gibbons

 

English: Interior of the Church of St Peter & ...

English: Interior of the Church of St Peter & St Paul, Old Bolingbroke “Sing ye praises with understanding”, which is from Psalm 47:7 Carved into the organ surround. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm 47:1-9b

O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.

For the Lord most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth.

He shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our feet.

He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved. Selah.

God is gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.

Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises.

For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.

God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.

The princes of the people are gathered together, even the people of the God of Abraham: for the shields of the earth belong unto God: he is greatly exalted.


O clap your hands, first performed in 1622 and composed by Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)


Performed by Quire Cleveland

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May 13

Thou, O God, art praised in Sion (Psalm 65:1-13) – Francis Grier

English: Durham Cathedral Català: Catedral de ...

English: Durham Cathedral Català: Catedral de Durham (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm 65:1-13

Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion: and unto thee shall the vow be performed.

O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.

Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away.

Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.

By terrible things in righteousness wilt thou answer us, O God of our salvation; who art the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them that are afar off upon the sea:

Which by his strength setteth fast the mountains; being girded with power:

Which stilleth the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the people.

They also that dwell in the uttermost parts are afraid at thy tokens: thou makest the outgoings of the morning and evening to rejoice.

Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water: thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it.

10 Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly: thou settlest the furrows thereof: thou makest it soft with showers: thou blessest the springing thereof.

11 Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.

12 They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice on every side.

13 The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing.


Thou, O God, art praised in Sion (1993), composed by Francis Grier (b. 1955)

 


Performed by the choir of Durham Cathedral, directed by James Lancelot and accompanied by Keith Wright and Ian Shaw (organists)

 

 

 

May 06

Alleluia, Laudate Pueri Dominum [Alleluia, praise the Lord] (Psalm 113:1) – Francis Jackson

 

Francis Jackson

Francis Jackson

Psalm 113:1

Praise ye the Lord. Praise, O ye servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord.


Alleluia, Laudate Pueri Dominum (1971), composed by Francis Jackson (b. 1917)


Performed by Salisbury Cathedral Choir