May 21

Richte mich, Gott [Vindicate me, O God] (Psalm 43:1-5) – Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

English: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, portrait...

English: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, portrait by Edward Magnus 1846 Deutsch: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Portrait von Edward Magnus 1846 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm 43:1-5 [German]

Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.

For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.

Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.


Richte mich, Gott, Op. 78, No. 2, composed in 1844 by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)


Performed by Ensemble Vocalitas Nova

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Apr 30

Super flumina Babylonis [By the rivers of Babylon] (Psalm 137:1) – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

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Kupferstich von Ferdinand Ruscheweyh nach einem Gemälde Eduard von Bendemanns (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm 137:1-2 [Latin]

1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.


Super flumina Babylonis (1581), composed by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c. 1525-1594)


Performed by The Choir of Saint Luke’s Ordinariate Parish, Washington DC

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Mar 05

A song of trust (Psalm 121:1-8) – Charles V. Stanford

English: Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)

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Psalm 121:1-8

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.

The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.


A song of trust, from Bible Songs, Op. 113 (1909), composed by Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)


Performed by Roden Girl Choristers
Conductor: Sonja de Vries
Organ: Sietze de Vries

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Composed by Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924). Royal School of Church Music. Sacred. Octavo. 8 pages. Published by GIA Publications (GI.G-RA454).

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Feb 26

O clap your hands (Psalm 47:1-2,5-8) – Ralph Vaughan Williams

Vaughan Williams circa 1920

Vaughan Williams c. 1920

Psalm 47:1-2,5-8

O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.

For the Lord most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth.

God is gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.

Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises.

For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.

God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.


O clap your hands (1920), composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)


Performed by St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir

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SATB, Organ. For Mixed Voices with Brass, Percussion & Organ, or Trumpet & Organ, or Ful. Composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958). With Standard notation. 10 pages. Duration 2 minutes, 45 seconds. Thorpe Music #392-03044. Published by Thorpe Music (PR.392030440).

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