Genre: Choral

Mood: Religious

Forces: SATB, Organ

Length: 10 Minutes


Texts from the Book of Common Prayer, set for SATB choir, soprano solo, and organ or piano, 10 minutes. (1998)

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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him and without him was not any thing made that was
In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the light, that all men through
him might believe.
He was not that light, but was sent to bear witness of that light.
That was the true light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
He came into his own, and his own received him not.
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God,
even to them that believe on his Name:
which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of
man, but of God.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us
(and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only-begotten of the Father) full
of grace and truth.

Hear what comfortable words our Saviour Christ saith unto all that truly turn
to him.
Come unto me all that travail and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you.
So God loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son,
to the end that all that believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting

Hear also what Saint Paul saith.
This is a true saying, and worthy of all men to be received, that Christ Jesus
came into the world to save sinners.
Hear also what Saint John saith.
If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the
and he is the propitiation for our sins.

We do not presume to come to this thy Table, O merciful Lord,
trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies.
We are not worthy so much as to gather the crumbs under thy Table.
But thou art the same Lord, whose property is always to have mercy:
Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jesus
Christ, and to drink his blood,
that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body, and our souls washed
through his most precious blood,
and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us.

My soul doth magnify the Lord: and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
For he hath regarded the lowliness of his hand-maiden.
For behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath magnified me and holy is his Name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him, throughout all generations.
He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the
imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble and
He hath filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he hath sent empty
He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel,
as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever.

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace according to thy word.
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation; which thou hast prepared before the
face of all people;
to be a light to lighten the Gentiles and to be the glory of thy people Israel.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost
As it was in the beginning, is no, and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.


First performance:
15 October 2005, The Occasional Choir conducted by Adrian Pitts, Yalding, Kent.