13 Sep 2020

Hymns on Sunday, 13 September 2020

From Hymns On Sunday, 2:30 am on 13 September 2020

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There's a focus on the pipe organ this week - described by Mozart as 'the king of instruments'.

Henry Willis organ, Wells CathedralHenry Willis organ, Wells Cathedral

Henry Willis organ, Wells Cathedral Photo: CC BY-SA 3.0 / Rodw

SONG: CHRIST TRIUMPHANT, EVER REIGNING

Artist: Choir of Wells Cathedral, Malcolm Archer (dir), Rupert Gough (Henry Willis organ)
Words/Music: Saward/Barnard
Recording: Hyperion 711210

Christ triumphant ever reigning,
Saviour, master, king,
Lord of heav'n, our lives sustaining,
Hear us as we sing:

Refrain
Yours the glory and the crown,
the high renown,
the eternal name.

Word incarnate, truth revealing,
Son of man on earth!
Power and majesty concealing
By your humble birth:
Refrain

Suffering servant, scorned, ill-treated,
Victim crucified!
Death is through the Cross defeated,
Sinners justified:
Refrain

Priestly king, enthroned for ever
High in heaven above!
Sin and death and hell shall never
Stifle hymns of love:
Refrain

So, our hearts and voices raising
Through the ages long,
Ceaselessly upon you gazing,
This shall be our song:
Refrain

SONG: O THOU WHO CAMEST FROM ABOVE

Artist: Cantus Choro, Peter Chapman (dir), Geoffrey Cox (JE Dodd organ)
Words/Music: C Wesley/SS Wesley
Recording: Move 743142

O Thou who camest from above,
the pure celestial fire to impart
kindle a flame of sacred love
upon the mean altar of my heart.

There let it for thy glory burn
with inextinguishable blaze,
and trembling to its source return,
in humble prayer and fervent praise.

Jesus, confirm my heart's desire
to work and speak and think for thee;
still let me guard the holy fire,
and still stir up thy gift in me.

Ready for all thy perfect will,
my acts of faith and love repeat,
till death thy endless mercies seal,
and make my sacrifice complete.

SONG: LORD, THOU ART BECOME GRACIOUS UNTO THY LAND

Artist: Choir of Westminster Abbey, Martin Neary (dir), Andrew Lumsden (Harrison and Harrison organ)
Words/Music: Psalm 85/Lloyd
Recording: Virgin 545036

LORD, thou art become gracious unto thy land; thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacob.
Thou hast forgiven the offence of thy people, and covered all their sins.
Thou hast taken away all thy displeasure, and turned thyself from thy wrathful indignation.
Turn us then, O God our Saviour, and let thine anger cease from us.
Wilt thou be displeased at us for ever? and wilt thou stretch out thy wrath from one generation to another?
Wilt thou not turn again, and quicken us, that thy people may rejoice in thee?
Show us thy mercy, O Lord, and grant us thy salvation.
I will hearken what the Lord God will say; for he shall speak peace unto his people, and to his saints, that they turn not again unto foolishness.
For his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.
Mercy and truth are met together: righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
Truth shall flourish out of the earth, and righteousness hath looked down from heaven.
Yea, the Lord shall show loving-kindness; and our land shall give her increase.
Righteousness shall go before him, and shall direct his going in the way.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen

SONG: THROUGH ALL THE CHANGING SCENES OF LIFE

Artist: Choir of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh, Denis Townhill (dir), Peter Backhouse (Henry Willis organ)
Words/Music: Tate/Smart
Recording: Priory PRCD 376

Through all the changing scenes of life,
in trouble and in joy,
the praises of my God shall still
my heart and tongue employ.

O magnify the Lord with me,
with me exalt his name;
when in distress to him I called,
he to my rescue came.

Fear him, ye saints, and you will then
have nothing else to fear;
make you his service your delight;
your wants shall be his care.

To father, son and Holy Ghost
The God whom we adore
Be glory, as it was, is now
And shall be evermore.

SONG: THE DAY THOU GAVEST, LORD, IS ENDED

Artist: Choir of St John’s, Elora, Paul Halley (Karn-Warren organ)
Words/Music: Ellerton/Scholefield
Recording: Hyperion 112105

The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended,
The darkness falls at Thy behest;
To Thee our morning hymns ascended,
Thy praise shall hallow now our rest.

We thank Thee that Thy Church unsleeping,
While earth rolls onward into light,
Through all the world her watch is keeping,
And rests not now by day or night.

The sun, that bids us rest, is waking
Our brethren 'neath the western sky,
And hour by hour fresh lips are making
Thy wondrous doings heard on high.

So be it, Lord; Thy throne shall never,
Like earth's proud empires, pass away:
But stand, and rule, and grow for ever,
Till all Thy creatures own Thy sway.

SONG: CHORALE PRELUDE ON RHOSYMEDRE

Artist: Michael Stewart (William Hill organ, ChristChurch Cathedral)
Music: Vaughan Williams
Recording: Private MS 2001A

SONG: GIVE TO OUR GOD IMMORTAL PRAISE

Artist: Choir of St Paul’s Cathedral, Dunedin, Raymond White (dir/Henry Willis III organ)
Words/Music: Watts/Griffiths
Recording: Ely 105

Give to our God immortal praise:
mercy and truth are all his ways;
wonders of grace to God belong;
repeat his mercies in your song.

Give to the Lord of lords renown;
the King of kings with glory crown:
his mercies ever shall endure,
when lords and kings are known no more.

He sent His Son with power to save
from guilt and darkness and the grave;
wonders of grace to God belong;
repeat his mercies in your song.

Through this vain world he guides our feet,
and leads us to his heavenly seat:
his mercies ever shall endure,
when this our world shall be no more.

SONG: O DAY OF PEACE

Artist: Choir of All Saints Episcopal Church, Beverly Hills, Thomas Forster (dir), Craig Phillips (Cassavant Brothers organ)
Words/Music: Daw/Parry
Recording: Gothic 349074

O day of peace that dimly shines
through all our hopes and prayers and dreams,
guide us to justice, truth, and love,
delivered from our selfish schemes.
May swords of hate fall from our hands,
our hearts from envy find release,
till by God’s grace our warring world
shall see Christ’s promised reign of peace.

Then shall the wolf dwell with the lamb,
nor shall the fierce devour the small;
as beasts and cattle calmly graze,
a little child shall lead them all.
Then enemies shall learn to love,
all creatures find their true accord;
the hope of peace shall be fulfilled,
for all the earth shall know the Lord.