Five Introits
Sarah MacDonald

Composer Sarah MacDonald
Texts various scripture
Voicing SATB a cappella
Topics Christ the King, Dedication, Easter, Introits/Opening of Worship
Scripture references Genesis1: Psalm 26:8; 27:1,8,16; 119:132
Price $2.80 (U.S.)
Released 1/2020
Catalog no. 410-111
Difficulty Mod. easy/Mod. diff.
Series Sarah MacDonald Choral Series

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These five unaccompanied pieces by Sarah MacDonald are useful as introits or short anthems throughout the church year. Although several can be attached to certain feasts/seasons (Eastertide, Christ the King, Building Dedication), all are basically general in text. The moods vary from explosively energetic to hushed and mysterious. Moderate divisi throughout.

The Lord Is My Light
Introit for General Use

The Lord is my light and my salvation,
whom then shall I fear?
The Lord is my light and my salvation,
of whom then shall I be afraid?
Hearken unto my voice, O Lord,
when I call upon thee,
Be strong and he shall comfort thine heart,
and put thou thy trust in the Lord.
The Lord is my light and my salvation,
whom then shall I fear?
--Psalm 27:1, 8, 16

Turn to Me in Mercy
Introit for General Use

Turn to me in mercy,
As you always do to those who love your name.
O God, Father, Son, Spirit.
--Psalm 119:132

Introit for Creationtide
He made the stars also,
and God set them in the firmament of the heav’n,
to give light upon the earth;
God saw that it was good.
-- from Genesis 1

The Triumph of Our King
Introit for Eastertide, Christ the King or General Use

Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice, rejoice!
Rejoice, now all you heavenly angels,
Rejoice, now all creation.
Resound, reound, resound, resound,
trumpet of salvation,
and proclaim the triumph of our King!
--Adapted from the Exsultet

The Midst of Thy Temple
Introit for the Feast of Dedication

Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house,
and the place where thine honour dwelleth.
We wait for thy loving kindness O God,
in the midst of thy temple.
Alleluia, alleluia, in the midst of they temple,
Alleluia, alleluia, Alleluia!
--Psalm 26:8, 48:9

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The Lord Is My Light

Turn to Me

Introit for Creationtide

The Triumph of Our King

In the Midst of Thy Temple

"These five pieces vary in length, harmonic language, complexity, and mood. The longest, for the feast of dedication of a church, contains fully developed ideas and could be used as a full-fledged anthem. Even those of more modest length boast a rhetorical completeness that belies the frequent suggestion of an introit as a throw-away musical moment. Parts divide from time to time in each piece, although part ranges and individual lines are only moderately difficult. Most of the texts are drawn from the Psalms, although the Introit for Creationtide uses a brief passage from the Genesis creation narrative ('He made the stars also, and God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon earth.') in a luminous, evocative set piece. As a set, these five short pieces paint broad strokes on a relatively small canvas." -AAM Journal, March 2020



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