Come, Join the Dance of Trinity
Alfred V. Fedak

Composer Alfred V. Fedak
Text Richard Leach
Voicing Two-part mixed voices, kybd.
Topics Biblical Names (Bethlehem),
Creation, Dance, Holy Spirit, Jesus’
Crucified and Risen, Pentecost,
Trinity, Pentecost
Scriptural references Genesis 1, Matthew 11:28-30, Acts 2:1-4
Lectionary usage Trinity Sunday
Price $2.40 (U.S.)
Length 2' 15" Released 5/2021
Catalog no. 405-701
Difficulty Mod. easy

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Come, join the dance of Trinity,
before all worlds begun--
the interweaving of the Three,
the Father, Spirit, Son.
The universe of space and time
did not arise by chance,
but as the Three, in love and hope,
made room within their dance.

Come, see the face of Trinity,
newborn in Bethlehem;
then bloodied by a crown of thorns
outside Jerusalem.
The dance of Trinity is meant
for human flesh and bone;
when fear confines the dance in death,
God rolls away the stone.

Come, speak aloud of Trinity,
as wind and tongues of flame
set people free at Pentecost
to tell the Savior's name.
We know the yoke of sin and death,
our necks have worn it smooth;
go tell the world of weight and woe
that we are free to move!

Within the dance of Trinity,
before all worlds begun,
we sing the praises of the Three,
the Father, Spirit, Son.
Let voices rise and interweave,
by love and hope set free,
to shape in song this joy, this life:
the dance of Trinity.

Text: Richard Leach, 2001, 2002
© 2005 Selah Publishing Co., Inc.

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Richard Leach's memorable text is inspired by the Greek theological word for the three-in-one interwoven nature of the Holy Trinity: "perichoresis," literally meaning "dance around." The first three stanzas focus each primarily on Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and the final one sums them up together. The text is paired with the tune KINGSFOLD, and Alfred Fedak's setting emphasizes the familiar British folk melody's rhythmic side. An active accompaniment (with options given for effective performance on either organ or piano) underpins the varied two-part (mixed voices) choral textures: beginning as unison melody, a bit of harmony, and reaching a final flowering in a descant, imitation, and a broad conclusion.


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