Sep 27

I am Alpha and Omega (Revelation 1:8) – John Stainer

Greek alphabet alpha-omega

Greek alphabet alpha-omega (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Revelation 1:8

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

I am Alpha and Omega (1878), composed by Sir John Stainer (1840-1901)

Performed by The Choir of the Abbey School


I am Alpha & Omega


SATB with Organ and Soprano or Tenor Solo. Composed by John Stainer (1840-1901). Choral. 8 pages. G. Schirmer #OC3897. Published by G. Schirmer (HL.50294490).


Choral Public Domain Library


Jan 20

I saw the Lord (Isaiah 6:1-4) – John Stainer


John Stainer memorial

The John Stainer Memorial at St. Paul’s Cathedral, by Henry Pegram.

Isaiah 6:1-4

In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.

Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.

And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.

And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.

[plus additional text from an 11th-century Latin hymn]

I saw the Lord (1858), an anthem by Sir John Stainer (1840-1901).

Stainer’s memorial in Saint Paul’s Cathedral is shown at right. As artist Henry A. Pegram described his “inadequate” work:

The upper part of the Panel contains the subject of Stainer’s anthem “I saw the Lord.” The prophet Isaiah, with outstretched arms, kneels near an altar, from the smoke of which arises the vision — Christ enthroned and encircled by Seraphim.

Performed by The Sixteen

Performed by the Parish Choir of St Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Highland Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Soloists: Gabriela Pascale Schunn, treble; Mary Pat Luley, alto; James Ranson, tenor; Joseph Tuttle, baritone. Guest Organist: Joseph Nolan of St George’s Cathedral, Perth, Australia. Choirmaster: Peter J. Luley.


MP3: I saw the Lord, by John Stainer / The Choir of the Abbey School / British Church Composer Series / Priory Records


I Saw the Lord. (SSAATTBB and Organ). By John Stainer (1840-1901). Music Sales America. Romantic, Sacred, Sacred, Choral. 18 pages. Published by Novello & Co Ltd.


Choral Public Domain Library

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Mar 30

God so loved the world (John 3:16-17) – John Stainer


Nicodemus and Jesus on a rooftop

Nicodemus and Jesus on a rooftop (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John 3:16-17 [Jesus, to Nicodemus:]

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

God so loved the world, from The Crucifixion (1887) by John Stainer (1840-1901)

Performed by Saint Paul’s Cathedral Choir


BBC Singers, Leith Hill Festival Singers

Stainer: The Crucifixion / Chandos


SATB. Published by G. Schirmer


In Sing Unto God! by Ruth Heller, via Google Books

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