Oct 11

The secret of Christ (Isaiah 42:14-16; Revelation 22:1-3; Colossians 4:2-4) – Richard Shephard

English: Isaiah; illustration from a Bible car...

English: Isaiah; illustration from a Bible card published by the Providence Lithograph Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Text from Isaiah 42:14-16; Revelation 22:1-3; and The Pilgrim Prayer (based on Colossians 4:2-4) by the Revd Canon Derrick Walters

14 I have long time holden my peace; I have been still, and refrained myself: now will I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once.

15 I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools.

16 And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.

And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him

Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:

That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

The secret of Christ (published in 1990) composed by Richard Shephard (b. 1949)

Performed by Saint Peter’s Catholic Church: Columbia, South Carolina USA
Susanna Gibbons, Soprano
Mark Husey, Organist & Choirmaster


The secret of Christ


The New Church Anthem Book. Edited by Lionel Dakers. This edition: paperback. Mixed Voices. Sacred, Choral Collection. Choral score. 592 pages. ISBN 9780193531093. Sacred, Choral Collection. 10 x 7 inches. The definitive collection of 100 anthems, mostly for SATB voices, from Tudor times to the present day, including favourites from each period, and lesser-known pieces. Keyboard reductions are included for unaccompanied music, and organ accompaniments are always practical.

Oct 04

Verbum caro factum est [And the Word was made flesh] (John 1:14; 1:1) – John Sheppard

English: Ribe Cathedral. Pulpit ( 1597 ): Nati...

English: Ribe Cathedral. Pulpit ( 1597 ): Nativity with the latin inscription “Verbum caro factum est” ( The word was made flesh, John 1:14 ) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John 1:14; 1:1

14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Verbum caro factum est, composed between 1553 and 1558 by John Sheppard (c1515-1558)

Performed by Quire Cleveland, conducted by Peter Bennett


Verbum caro



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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).


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Sep 20

How lovely are the messengers (Romans 10:15,18) – Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Deutsch: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

Deutsch: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Romans 10:15,18 (paraphrased)

15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”

18 But I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have, for

“Their voice has gone out to all the earth,
    and their words to the ends of the world.”

How lovely are the messengers, from St. Paul, composed in 1836 by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Performed by Furman Singers Alumni Choir, Hugh Floyd, Conductor


How lovely are the messengers


SATB. St. Paul. Composed by Felix Bartholdy Mendelssohn (1809-1847). Choral Large Works. 216 pages. G. Schirmer #ED321. Published by G. Schirmer (HL.50323930).


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