Jan 06

Hear my prayer [O for the wings of a dove] (Psalm 55:1-7) – Felix Mendelssohn


English: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, portrait...

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, portrait by Edward Magnus 1846 (Image via Wikipedia)

Psalm 55:1-7

Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication.

Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise;

Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me.

My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me.

Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me.

And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.

Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah.

Music text, paraphrased by William Bartholomew (1793-1867)

Hear my prayer, O God, incline Thine ear!
Thyself from my petition do not hide!
Take heed to me! Hear how in prayer I mourn to Thee!
Without Thee all is dark, I have no guide.

The enemy shouteth, The godless come fast!
Iniquity, hatred upon me they cast!
The wicked oppress me, Ah, where shall I fly?
Perplexed and bewildered, O God, hear my cry!

My heart is sorely pained within my breast,
My soul with deathly terror is oppressed,
Trembling and fearfulness upon me fall,
With horror overhelmed, Lord, hear me call!

O for the wings of a dove!
Far away would I rove!
In the wilderness build me a nest,
And remain there for ever at rest.

Hear my prayer/O for the wings of a dove, composed in 1844 by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847) and first performed in Crosby Hall, London, on January 8, 1845.

Performed by the Schola Cantorum of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church at Choral Evensong on 20 March 2011. Soprano soloist Sara Botkin. Alastair Stout, organ; Peter Luley, conductor.

Performed by the Choir of Ely Cathedral, soloist George Bartle



Hear My Prayer. (Soprano Solo, SATB and Organ). By Felix Bartholdy Mendelssohn (1809-1847). For Choral, Soprano, Organ Accompaniment (SATB, Organ). Music Sales America. Romantic, Choral. 24 pages. Novello & Co Ltd. #NOV291599. Published by Novello & Co Ltd.


Choral Public Domain Library

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Dec 30

I am the true vine (John 15:1-14) – Arvo Pärt


Christ True Vine Deutsch: Christus, der wahre ...

Christ True Vine Deutsch: Christus, der wahre Weinstock (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John 15:1-14

I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

I am the true vine, composed in 1996 to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the Norwich Cathedral. By Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)

Performed by The Pro Arte Singers / Paul Hillier


MP3: I Am the True Vine / Arvo Part / Pro Arte Singers / Harmonia Mundi


I Am the True Vine by Arvo Part (1935-). For SATB Choir. Bible, St John 15, 1-14. World Premiere: Norwich Cathedral Norwich / Great Britain. Standard notation. Published by Universal Edition

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Dec 23

Sent from God (John 1:6-7) – Alexander Campkin

The beginning verses of the Gospel of John, fr...

The beginning verses of the Gospel of John, from a facsimile edition of William Tyndale’s 1525 English translation of the New Testament. (Image via Wikipedia)

John 1:6-7

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

Sent from God, composed in 2011 by Alexander Campkin (b. 1984)

Performed by The Southwark Cathedral Merbecke Choir



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Dec 16

When David heard (2 Samuel 18:33) – Eric Whitacre

Eric Whitacre

Eric Whitacre (Image via Wikipedia)

2 Samuel 18:33

33 And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!

When David heard (premiered March 26, 1999) by Eric Whitacre (b. 1970)

Performed by Brigham Young University Singers


MP3: When David Heard / Eric Whitacre / Brigham Young University Singers



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