Introits and anthems
'A Gaelic Blessing'
Words adapted from an old Gaelic rune.
Music by John Rutter
'As Torrents in Summer'
A peaceful section of Elgar’s cantata setting of Longfellow’s Saga of King Olaf (the 22-part epic poem was a favourite of American President Roosevelt, who felt it inspired brave action as the heroic king avenges his slain father and reclaims his kingdom). The piece likens summer rain falling in the mountains and refreshing the parched lowlands to God’s spirit acting unnoticed in our lives to heal our fainting hearts.
Music by Edward Elgar. Words by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
'Clyw Ein Llef'
'i thank You God for most this amazing day'
A setting of a beautiful, joyous poem by e.e. cummings about the richness of nature and the miracle of each newborn day.
Music by Eric Whitacre. Words by e.e.cummings
Music by John Tavener. Words by William Blake Listen
'O Magnum Mysterium'
Set in Bethlehem’s famous stable the Latin text speaks of the “great mystery, and wondrous sacrament, that animals should see the new-born Lord, lying in their manger!”
Music by Morten Lauridsen
'O Radiant Dawn'
Music by James MacMillan
'Ours mouths shall show forth thy praise'
'My soul doth magnify the Lord'
'Kyrie, Gloria, Credio, Sanctus, Agnus Dei'