Jan 25

Ascribe unto the Lord (Psalm 96:7–8a,9b–10a,10c,9a,2,3b,5a; Psalm 115:4–8,3,12,13,15a,14b,15b) – Samuel Sebastian Wesley

Samuel Sebastian Wesley

Psalm 96:7–8a,9b–10a,10c,9a,2,3b,5a; Psalm 115:4–8,3,12,13,15a,14b,15b

Sing unto the Lord, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.

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

For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the Lord made the heavens.

Give unto the Lord, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and strength.

Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts.

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

10 Say among the heathen that the Lord reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously.

But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.

Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.

They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not:

They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not:

They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat.

They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.

12 The Lord hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron.

13 He will bless them that fear the Lord, both small and great.

14 The Lord shall increase you more and more, you and your children.

15 Ye are blessed of the Lord which made heaven and earth.

Ascribe unto the Lord (published in 1853) composed by Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876)


Performed by Seabury Academy, Choristers, Norwalk, CT, St. Paul’s on the Green, Episcopal Church, Norwalk, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Fairfield, Connecticut.

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Ascribe unto the Lord composed by Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876). For Choral (SATB). Music Sales America. Romantic, Choral. 20 pages. Novello & Co Ltd. #NOV291973. Published by Novello & Co Ltd.

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Jan 04

O taste and see (Psalm 34:8) – Ralph Vaughan Williams

Vaughan Williams in 1919, by William Rothenstein

Psalm 34:8

O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

O taste and see, composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953


Performed by The Choir of Somerville College, Oxford

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Sacred and Secular Songs: O Taste and See / Stephen Darlington, Christ Church Cathedral Choir

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English Church Music, Volume 1: Anthems and Motets composed by Robert King. Arranged by John Rutter. For SATB choir with keyboard/unaccompanied/basso continuo. Mixed Voices. Oxford Choral Classics Collections. Sacred, Choral Collection. Vocal score. 384 pages. Published by Oxford University Press

Dec 14

Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) – Orlando Gibbons

Orlando Gibbons

Luke 1:46-55

46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.

50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.

53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.

54 He hath helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;

55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.

Magnificat, from Orlando Gibbons’ (1583-1625) Short Service


Performed by St. Andrew’s Schola Cantorum, conducted by Peter Luley

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Magnificat (Short Service)

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Short Service composed by Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625). Arranged by Edmund H. Fellowes. For SATB choir, a cappella. Mixed Voices. Tudor Church Music. Sacred, Choral Service. Vocal score. 32 pages. Duration 14′. Published by Oxford University Press (OU.9780193520851).

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Nov 30

Peace I give to you (John 14:27, 16:33) – Craig Courtney

Statue of Jesus giving his blessing, Notre-Dame Cathedral

Statue of Jesus giving his blessing, Notre-Dame Cathedral

John 14:27, 16:33

27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Peace I give to you (2002), composed by Craig Courtney (b. 1965)


Performed at Saint Peter’s Catholic Church: Columbia, South Carolina USA
Gallery Choir: Tess Hartis, Violin w/ Mark Husey, Organist

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Peace I Give to You composed by Craig Courtney. For SATB choir. Sacred. Octavo. Published by Beckenhorst Press