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Recordings of the Saint Michael’s Choir

Throughout the SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 pandemic, members of the Saint Michael’s Choir have kept the music going! Singers record tracks individually (and asynchronously) at home using guide tracks prepared by Dr. Jason Anderson, Associate for Liturgical Arts. At no point in time are these singers in the same room at the same time. Tracks are edited together by Dr. Anderson. Archival audio recordings are extracted from online worship services streamed live via Zoom and Facebook Live. Any words or music under copyright are included with permission under ONE LICENSE No. A-706794.

2020-2021 Program Year

Jesu, joy of man’s desiring — J. S. Bach

Jesu, joy of man’s desiring, holy Wisdom, Love most bright,
Drawn by thee, our souls aspiring, sour to uncreated light.
Word of God our flesh that fashioned with the fire of life impassioned.
Striving still to truth unknown, soaring, dying round thy throne.

—Robert Bridges (1844-1930)

A Beautiful Thing — Dent Davidson

Make your service of love a beautiful thing: Want nothing else, and be not afraid; make your service of love a beautiful thing.

And let your love be free; free to become what love truly is. Strive every moment to live without sparing. Make your service a beautiful thing.

Walk without sadness; let willfulness go. Take the sweet spirit of peace and joy with you; lay your heart open, be free form all fear: Make your service a beautiful thing.

—Hadewijch of Antwerp (13th century)

Music © 2005 Dent Davidson. Used by permission.

How shall I sing that majesty — Kenneth Naylor; arr. Alistair Warwick

How shall I sing that majesty which angels do admire? Let dust in dust and silence lie; sing, sing, ye heavenly choir. Thousands of thousands stand around thy throne, O God most high; ten thousand times ten thousand sound thy praise; but who am I?

Thy brightness unto them appears, whilst I thy footsteps trace; a sound of God comes to my ears, but they behold thy face. They sing, because thou art their Sun; Lord, send a beam on me; for where heaven is but once begun there alleluias be.

Enlighten with faith’s light my heart, inflame it with love’s fire; then shall I sing and bear a part with that celestial choir. I shall, I fear, be dark and cold, with all my fire and light; yet when thou dost accept their gold, Lord, treasure up my mite.

How great a being, Lord, is thine, which doth all beings keep! Thy knowledge is the only line to sound so vast a deep. Thou art a sea without a shore, a sun without a sphere; thy time is now and evermore, thy place is everywhere.

—John Mason (1646-1694)

Music © Oxford University Press. Used by permission. ONE LICENSE No. A-706794.

The Church is like a table — Gary James

The church is like a table, a table that is round. It has no sides or corners, no first or last, no honors; here people are in one-ness and love together bound.

The church is like a table set in an open house; no protocol for seating, a symbol of inviting, of sharing, drinking, eating; an end to them and us.

The church is like a table, a table for a feast to celebrate the healing of all excluded-feeling, (while Christ is serving, kneeling, a towel around his waist).

The church is like a table where every head is crowned. As guests of God created, all are to each related; the whole world is awaited to make the circle round.

—Fred Kaan (1929-2009)

Music © 1993 GIA Publications, Inc. • Words © 1985 Hope Publishing Co.


2019–2020 Program Year

Round the Lord in glory seated — C. H. H. Parry

Round the Lord in glory seated cherubim and seraphim filled his temple, and repeated each to each the alternate hymn: “Lord, thy glory fills the heaven, earth is with thy fulness stored; unto thee be glory given, holy, holy, holy Lord.”

Heaven is still with glory ringing, earth takes up the angels’ cry, “Holy, holy, holy,” singing, “Lord of hosts, the Lord Most High.” With his seraph train before him, with his holy Church below, thus unite we to adore him, bid we thus our anthem flow:

“Lord, thy glory fills the heaven, earth is with thy fullness stored; unto Thee be glory given, holy, holy, holy, Lord.” Thus thy glorious name confessing, with thine angel hosts we cry “Holy, holy, holy,” blessing thee, the Lord of hosts Most High.

—Richard Mant (1776-1848)

Litany to the Holy SpiritPeter Hurford

In the hour of my distress when temptations me oppress,
And when I my sins confess, sweet Spirit, comfort me, comfort me!
When I lie within my bed, sick in heart, and sick in head,
And with doubts discomforted, sweet Spirit, comfort me, comfort me!
When the house doth sigh and weep, and the world is drowned with sleep,
Yet mine eyes the watch do keep, sweet Spirit, comfort me, comfort me!
—Robert Herrick (1591-1674)

Music © 1958 Oxford University Press. Used by permission.

I will not leave you comfortlessEverett Titcomb

I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you yet again: Alleluia! And your heart shall be joyful. Alleluia!

Music © 1934 Carl Fischer, Inc. Used by permission.

God the sculptor of the mountainsGerre Hancock

Music © Oxford University Press. Used by permission.

He is the Way — David Hurd (b. 1950)

“He is the Way. Follow Him through the Land of Unlikeness;
You will see rare beasts, and have unique adventures.
He is the Truth. Seek Him in the Kingdom of Anxiety;
You will come to a great city that has expected your return for years.
He is the Life. Love Him in the World of the Flesh;
And at your marriage all its occasions shall dance for joy.”

Words from For the Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio by W. H. Auden (1907-1973)
Words © Faber and Faber Limited. All rights reserved. • Music © GIA Publications, Inc.