St Lawrence's Church
Saturday 29 March 2003
Conducted by Donald Halliday
Adrian Batten (1591-1637)
O sing joyfully
O sing joyfully unto God our strength
Orlando Gibbons (1583 – 1625)
Almighty and everlasting God
Almighty and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities, and in all our dangers and necessities, stretch forth thy right hand to help and defend us: through Christ our Lord, Amen
Hugh Roberton (1874 – 1952)
All in the April evening
All in the April ev’ning, April airs were abroad: the sheep with their little lambs pass’d me by on the road. All in the April ev’ning, I thought on the Lamb of God.
The lambs were weary and crying with a weak human cry, I thought on the Lamb of God going meekly to die. Up in the blue, blue mountains, Dewy pastures are sweet, Rest for the little bodies, rest for the little feet. But for the Lamb of God, up on the hilltop green, only a cross, a cross of shame, two stark crosses between.
Francisco Guerrero (1528 – 1599)
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary had bought spices that they might come and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre, at the rising of the sun. Alleluia.
And they entered into the sepulchre and saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. And he said unto them: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him. Alleluia.
James Macmillan (b. 1959)
The Gallant Weaver
Where Cart rins rowin to the sea
arr. Moses Hogan (1957 – 2003)
De blin' man stood on de road an' cried
De blin' man stood on de road an' cried
O my Lord save me.
Crying that he might receib his sight.
Crying what kind am dose shoes you wear?
Dese shoes I wear am de Gospel shoes.
Elijah rock, Oh, Elijah rock
Come on sister help me to pray, tell me my Lord done pass his way.
Satan ain’t nothin’ but a snake in the grass. He’s a conjur, he’s a liar, Hallelujah Lord.
If I could I surely would stand on the rock where Moses stood.
Elijah rock, Oh, Elijah rock,
Comin up Lawdy, comin’ up Lord.
Northumbrian folk songs
My bonny lad
Tomás Luis de Victoria (c. 1548 – 1611)
Cum beata Ignatius
When blessed Ignatius was condemned to the beasts, and in the pangs of suffering heard the roaring lions, he said: I am the grain of Christ, l shall be ground by the teeth of beasts, and found to be like pure bread.
Let fire, the cross, beasts, the breaking of bones and quartering, and the torturing of the entire body and all the torments of the devil – let them come upon me, such that I shall delight in Christ.
Gershwin, arr. Steve Zegree
Love walked in
Billy Joel, arr. Chilcott
And so it goes
In ev’ry heart there is a room, a sanctuary safe and strong. To heal the wounds from lovers past, until a new one comes along. I spoke to you in cautious tones: you answered me with no pretence. And still I feel I said too much. My silence is my self defence.
And ev’ry time I held a rose it seems I only felt the thorns. And so it goes, and so it goes, and so will you soon I suppose. But if my silence made you leave, then that would be my worst mistake. So I will share this room with you, and you can have this heart to break ...
arr. Moses Hogan
We shall walk through the valley in peace
We shall walk through the valley in peace, for Jesus himself will be our leader.
We will meet our loved ones there,
There will be no trials there.
We shall walk through the valley in peace.
Ezekiel Saw de Wheel
Ezekiel saw de wheel ‘way up in de air.
An’ de lil’ wheel run by faith, oh yes, an’ de big wheel run by de grace of God.
‘Tis a wheel in a wheel in de middle of de wheel way in de middle of de air.
Oh, some go to church fo’ to sing and shout, and defo’ six months dey’s all turned out.
Let me tell you what a hypocrit’ do. He’ll talk about me and he’ll talk about you.
I’m goin’ jine the heav’nly choir when dis worl’ is set on fiyer, One o’ dese days, ‘bout twelve o’clock, dis ole worl’ gonna reel and rock.
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