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Magnificat (Howells)

My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.
For he hath regarded the lowliness of his handmaiden.
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 showed 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 meek.
He hath filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel, as he promised to our forefathers,
Abraham and his seed for ever.
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.

–Words: The Song of Mary (based on Luke 1:46-55)
–Music: Herbert Howells (1892-1983)

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Lo! He comes with clouds descending

Lo! he comes, with clouds descending,
once for our salvation slain;
thousand thousand saints attending
swell the triumph of his train:
Alleluia! alleluia! alleluia!
Christ the Lord returns to reign.

Every eye shall now behold him,
robed in dreadful majesty;
those who set at nought and sold him,
pierced, and nailed him to the tree,
deeply wailing, deeply wailing, deeply wailing,
shall the true Messiah see.

Those dear tokens of his passion
still his dazzling body bears,
cause of endless exultation
to his ransomed worshipers;
with what rapture, with what rapture, with what rapture
gaze we on those glorious scars!

Yea, amen! let all adore thee,
high on thine eternal throne;
Savior, take the power and glory;
claim the kingdom for thine own:
Alleluia! alleluia! alleluia!
Thou shalt reign, and thou alone.

–Words: John Cennick (1718-1755), 1752; as altered by Charles Wesley (1707-1788), 1758; and then altered by Martin Madan (1726-1790), 1760
–Tune: HELMSLEY (Martin Madan, 1726-1790)

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Thou, O God, art praised in Sion

Thou, O God, art praised in Sion,
and unto thee shall the vow be performed in Jersusalem.
Thou that hearest the prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.
Blessed is the man whom thou choosest and receivest unto thee.
He shall dwell in thy courts and shall be satisfied
with the pleasures of thy house, e’en of thy holy temple.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace because he trusteth in thee.
Trust ye in the Lord for ever,
for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength.
Let the people praise thee, O God, yea, let all the people praise thee.
Then shall the earth bring forth her increase:
and God shall give us his blessing.

Words: Psalm 65:1, 2, 4; Isaiah 26:3, 4; Psalm 67:3, 6, 7
Music: Malcolm C. Boyle (1902-1976)

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Te Deum laudamus

We praise thee, O God; we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship thee, the Father everlasting.
To thee all Angels cry aloud,
the Heavens and all the Powers therein.
To thee Cherubim and Seraphim continually do cry:
     Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;
     Heaven and earth are full of the majesty of thy glory.
The glorious company of the apostles praise thee.
The goodly fellowship of the prophets praise thee.
The noble army of martyrs praise thee.
The holy Church throughout all the world doth acknowledge thee,
     the Father, of an infinite majesty,
     thine honorable, true, and only Son,
     also the Holy Ghost the Comforter.

Thou art the King of glory, O Christ.
Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.
When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man,
thou didst humble thyself to be born of a Virgin.
When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death,
thou didst open the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
Thou sittest at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father.
We believe that thou shalt come to be our judge.
     We therefore pray thee, help thy servants,
     whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.
     Make them to be numbered with thy saints,
     in glory everlasting.

O Lord, save thy people and bless thine heritage.
Govern them and lift them up for ever.
Day by day we magnify thee;
And we worship thy Name ever world without end.
Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin.
     O Lord, have mercy upon us have mercy upon us.
     O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us as our trust is in thee.
     O Lord, in thee have I trusted let me never be confounded.

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I’ll praise my maker while I’ve breath

I’ll praise my Maker while I’ve breath;
and when my voice is lost in death,
praise shall employ my nobler powers.
My days of praise shall ne’er be past
while life and thought and being last,
or immortality endures.

How happy they whose hopes rely
on Israel’s God, who made the sky
and earth and seas with all their train;
whose truth forever stands secure,
who saves the oppressed and feeds the poor,
and none shall find God’s promise vain.

The Lord pours eyesight on the blind;
the Lord supports the fainting mind
and sends the laboring conscience peace.
God helps the stranger in distress,
the widowed and the parentless,
and grants the prisoner sweet release.

I’ll praise my Maker while I’ve breath;
and when my voice is lost in death,
praise shall employ my nobler powers.
My days of praise shall ne’er be past 
while life and thought and being last,
or immortality endures.

–Words: Isaac Watts (1674-1748); paraphrase of Psalm 146
–Tune: OLD 113TH, melody from Straßburger Kirchenamt, 1525

  

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Ye watchers and ye holy ones

Ye watchers and ye holy ones,
bright seraphs, cherubim, and thrones,
raise the glad strain,
Alleluia!
Cry out, dominions, princedoms, powers,
virtues, archangels, angels’ choirs,

Refrain:
Alleluia! alleluia! alleluia!
Alleluia! alleluia!

O higher than the cherubim,
more glorious than the seraphim,
lead their praises,
Alleluia!
Thou bearer of the eternal Word,
most gracious, magnify the Lord,
Refrain

Respond, ye souls in endless rest,
ye patriarchs and prophets blest,
Alleluia,
alleluia!
Ye holy twelve, ye martyrs strong,
all saints triumphant, raise the song,
Refrain

O friends, in gladness let us sing,
supernal anthems echoing,
Alleluia,
alleluia!
To God the Father, God the Son,
and God the Spirit, Three in One,
Refrain

Words: Athelstan Riley (1858-1945), 1906
Music: LASST UNS ERFREUEN (Geistliche Catholische Kirchengesäng, Köln, 1623)

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Let all the world in every corner sing

Let all the world in every corner sing, my God and King!
The heavens are not too high, His praise may thither fly;
The earth is not too low, His praises there may grow.
The Church with psalms must shout, No door can keep them out;
But above all, the heart must bear the longest part.

–Words: George Herbert (1593-1633)
–Music: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

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