Interior of the Church of St Peter & St Paul, Old Bolingbroke
Dave Hitchborne / Interior of the Church of St Peter & St Paul, Old Bolingbroke / CC BY-SA 2.0

Psalm 47:1-2,7 [Latin: Psalmi 46:2,3,8]

1 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.

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

Iubilate Deo in voce exsultationis quoniam magnus rex super omnem terram psallite sapienter


Iubilate Deo, composed by Massimo Scapin (b. 1968)

Massimo Scapin - Iubilate Deo

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The Triumph of the Name of Jesus in the Gesù church in Rome. By Giovanni Battista Gaulli (1639–1709)
The Triumph of the Name of Jesus in the Gesù church in Rome. By Giovanni Battista Gaulli (1639–1709)

Philippians 2:10-11  [Latin]

10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

In nomine Jesu omne genu flectatur caelestium, terrestrium et infernorum, et omnis lingua confiteatur, quia Dominus Jesus Christus in gloria est Dei Patris.


In nomine Jesu, from Melodiae sacrae (1603), composed by Pierre Bonhomme (1803-61)

Pierre Bonhomme - In nomine Jesu

Performed by Göteborg Baroque Arts Ensemble

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Scroll of the Psalms
Scroll of the Psalms

Psalm 112:9 or 2 Corinthians 9:9 [Latin Vulgate: Psalm 111:9]

He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.

Dispérsit, dedit paupéribus: jústítia ejus manet in sæculum sæculi


Dispersit, dedit pauperibus, from Beatus Vir, RV 795, composed by Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Vivaldi: Beatus Vir, RV 795 - Dispersit, dedit pauperibus (Andante, Hilary Summers)

Performed by The King’s Consort, soloist Hilary Summers

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Johann Sebastian Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach

Bach’s harmonization on organ around a chorale melody and text that paraphrases Psalm 51:1-4

German text of chorale:

Erbarm’ Dich mein o Herre Gott!
nach Deiner groß’n Barmherzigkeit,
wasch’ ab mach’ rein mein’ Missethat,
ich kenn’ mein’ Sünd’ und ist mir leid;
allein ich Dir gesündigt hab’,
das ist wider mich stetiglich;
das Bös’ vor Dir mag nicht bestahn,
Du bleibst gerecht, ob Du urtheilest mich.

English translation of chorale:

O God, be mercyfull to me,
Accordynge to Thy great pitie;
Washe of, make clene my iniquite:
I knowlege my synne, and it greveth me
Agaynst The, agaynst The only
Have Isynned, which is before myne eye:
Though Thou be judged in man’s syght,
Yet are Thy wordes founde true and ryght.

Psalm 51:1-4

1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.


Erbarme dich mein, O Herre Gott, BWV 721, composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

J. S. Bach: Erbarme dich mein, O Herre Gott BWV 721

Performed by Robert Hovencamp, organist

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