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Good Friday Anthems

Composer Robert J. Powell
Text Book of Common Prayer, 1979
Voicing
SATB chorus a cappella with baritone cantor
Topics Good Friday
Length
2' 45" Price $1.75 (U.S.) Released 2/02
Catalog no. 405-456 Difficulty Mod. easy

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"Filling another liturgical vacuum is Bob Powell's superb 'Good Friday Anthems.' With simple directness, Bob offers settings that are both transparent and just right. They take the texts very seriously, without taking themselves seriously, which always strikes me as the most difficult task of Holy Week. They need to be sung as a group, so that the healing balm of the final measures of II, 'O Savior of the world,' is allowed to work its magic." --AAM Journal, November 2002

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Three brief pieces for the Good Friday liturgy: two chant-like dialogues for cantor and unaccompanied SATB choir, and a short (8-bar) closing response. The texts from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer are beautifully set, and will enhance any Good Friday observance.

Text
I.
We glory in your cross, O Lord,
and praise and glorify your holy resurrection;
for by virtue of your cross
joy has come to all the whole world.
May God be merciful to us and bless us,
show us the light of his countenance and come to us.
Let your saving ways be known upon earth,
your saving health among all nations.
Let the peoples praise you, O God,
let all the peoples praise you,
we glory in your cross, O Lord,
and praise and glorify your holy resurrection;
for by virtue of your cross
joy has come to all the whole world.

II
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,
because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
If we have died with him, we shall also live with him.
If we endure, we shall also reign with him
because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

III
O Savior of the world,
who by thy cross and precious blood hast redeemed us:
save us and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.

--Book of Common Prayer, 1979
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