Nov 05

Alpha and Omega (Revelation 21:1-6a) – James MacMillan

Alpha Omega

Alpha & Omega

Revelation 21:1-6a – set to text from the English Standard Version (ESV)

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.

Alpha and Omega, commissioned by the Soli Deo Gloria Music Foundation and premiered in 2011. Music by Scottish composer James MacMillan (b. 1959)

Performed by Wheaton College Women’s Chorale & Men’s Glee Club
Mary Hopper, director



Mar 10

And I saw a new heaven (Revelation 21:1-4) – Edgar Bainton


Edgar Bainton

Edgar Bainton

Revelation 21:1-4

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

And I saw a new heaven (c. 1925) by Edgar Leslie Bainton (1880-1956)

Performed by the choir of Christ Church Southgate in North London, from St Clotilde in 2009. Conductor David Stevens, Organist David Hinitt.

Performed by the King’s College Choir


MP3: And I saw a new Heaven, Bainton / Voices of Ascension Chorus / Delos


And I Saw a New Heaven by Edgar Bainton (1880-1956). For Choral (SATB). Music Sales America. Romantic, Choral, Sacred, Anthem. 8 pages. Novello & Co Ltd.


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