Mar 01

The wilderness and the solitary place (Isaiah 35:1-2,4,6,8,10) – Samuel Sebastian Wesley

Samuel_Sebastian_Wesley9Isaiah 35:1-2,4,6,8,10

The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.

It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God.

Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.

Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.

And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.

10 And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

The wilderness and the solitary place (1832), composed by Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876)

Performed by Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban Choir


The Wilderness


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Mar 02

O Lord my God (1 Kings 8:28,30) – Samuel Sebastian Wesley

samuel_sebastian_wesley91 Kings 8:28,30 [from Solomon’s prayer]

28 Yet have thou respect unto the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O Lord my God, to hearken unto the cry and to the prayer, which thy servant prayeth before thee to day:

30 And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place: and hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place: and when thou hearest, forgive.

Text of music:

O Lord my God, hear thou the pray’r thy servant prayeth, Have thou respect unto his prayer. Hear thou in heav’n thy dwelling place, And when thou hearest Lord, forgive.

O Lord my God, anthem by Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876)
Performed by The Choir of Somerville College, Oxford




The New Church Anthem Book [100 anthems] by Lionel Dakers. For SATB choir and keyboard. Mixed Voices. Sacred, Choral Collection. Paperback. 592 pages. Published by Oxford University Press (OU.9780193531093).


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Feb 02

O sing unto the Lord a new song (Psalm 96:1,3-4; 93:4,9,11) – George F. Handel


The Chandos portrait of Handel

The Chandos portrait of Handel (via Wikipedia)

Psalm 96:1,3-4; 93:4,9,11

1 O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth.

3 Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.

4 For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.

4 The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.

9 O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.

11 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof.

Chandos Anthem No. 4, O sing unto the Lord a new song (1717) by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)



O sing unto the Lord a new song by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). Arranged by Theodora Pavlovitch. For soprano voice solo, SSA choir, oboe, 2 violins and basso continuo. This edition: Paperbound. German title: O sing unto the Lord HWV 249b arranged. Hymns. Full score. Language: English/German. HWV 249b. 32 pages. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.5524950).


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Sep 29

Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God (Ephesians 4:30-32) – T. Tertius Noble


T. Tertius Noble

Thomas Tertius Noble

Ephesians 4:30-32

30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God (1915) by T. Tertius Noble (1867-1953). To read interesting notes about Noble and listen to another excellent performance of this anthem, visit the Music at Trinity blog (Trinity Episcopal Church, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina).

Performed at Saint Clement’s Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, May 19, 2013


Grieve Not the Holy Spirit of God by T. Tertius Noble. Choir Sacred. SATB choir. Choral (Sacred); Choral Octavo; Worship Resources. H.W. Gray. Sacred. Choral Octavo. 12 pages. Published by Alfred Music.


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