Oct 11

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

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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

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The secret of Christ

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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.

Sep 06

Vere languores [Surely He has born our griefs] (Isaiah 53:4-5) – Tomas Luis de Victoria

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Isaiah 53:4-5 [Latin]

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Vere languores (published 1572), composed by Tomas Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)

Performed by Sexteto Cantabile

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Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae: Motectum: Vere languores

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Composed by Tomas Luis de Victoria (1548-1611). Edited by John Leavitt. Treasury Choral. 12 pages. Published by Hal Leonard (HL.117924).

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Aug 30

Ecce quomodo moritur [Behold how the righteous man dies] (Isaiah 57:1-2; Psalm 76:2) – Jacob (Gallus) Handl

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Isaiah 57:1-2; Psalm 76:2 [Latin]

The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.

He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.

In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion.

Ecce quomodo moritur justus, composed by Jacob Gallus Handl (1550-1591)


Performed by University of King’s College Chapel Choir, Directed by Paul Halley

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Ecce quomodo moritur iustus

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Behold, how doth the righteous man perish. Composed by Jacob Handl. Arranged by Walter Williams. Holy Week/Three Days. Octavo. Scripture: Isaiah 57:1, 2 and Psalm 76:2. 8 pages. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing (EC.1226).

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Jul 12

Heilig [Holy] (Isaiah 6:3) – Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

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Isaiah 6:3 [German]

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

Heilig (WoO 27 – November 1846), composed by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)


Performed by SC Governor’s School Choir directed by Dr. David Rhyne

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Die Deutsche Liturgie: II. Sanctus (Heilig, Heilig, Heilig)

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(Holy). Composed by Felix Bartholdy Mendelssohn (1809-1847). Arranged by Gregg Smith. Walton Choral. 8 pages. Walton Music #W2163. Published by Walton Music

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