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The Threefold Truth

Composer William P. Rowan -- Text Fred Pratt Green
SATB organ, and opt. cong.
Topics Communion/Lord's Supper, Profession of Faith
2' 10" Price $2.00 (U.S.) Released 6/92
Catalog no. 410-321 Difficulty Moderately difficult

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"Selah continues to promote contemporary hymnody and anthems based on it. These by William Rowan and Alfred Fedak are welcome examples of how to encourage congregations to learn new hymns by including them in anthems based on those hymns. Triune God, Mysterious Being is Fedak's setting of his own tune CHURCH UNITED to Carl Daw's wonderful text. The union is ideal: Daw's vibrant Trinitarian imagery and its theology of dynamic interplay with the mission of the Church is perfectly mirrored in Fedak's gently urgent tune. The Threefold Truth is Rowan's splendid contribution to F. Pratt Green's powerful text which has the familiar memorial acclamation ('Christ has died! Chris is risen! Christ will come again!') as its refrain. As an anthem, I like Rowan's better, but as a hymn-tool, Fedak's is more practical. Either way, they are magnificent unions of text, tune, theology, and art; buying the choir copies gives permission to reprint the congregational part in the service sheet, which is a great way to promote many good ends!"-AAM Journal, April 1995

Description "Christ has died! Christ is risen! Christ will come again!" is the profound memorial acclamation heard as the refrain in this anthem. Sure to become a favorite of both choirs and congregations. Rowan's writing is accessible and a delight to sing, and the piece builds to an exciting climax. Congregational part included.

Anthem text
This is the threefold truth
on which our faith depends;
and with this joyful cry
worship begins and ends:
Christ has died! Christ is risen! Christ will come again!

Made sacred by long use,
new minted for our time,
our liturgies sum up
the hope we have in him:
Christ has died! Christ is risen! Christ will come again!

On this we fix our minds
as, kneeling side by side,
we take the bread and wine
from him the Crucified:
Christ has died! Christ is risen! Christ will come again!

By this we are upheld
when doubt and grief assails
our Christian fortitude,
and only grace avails:
Christ has died! Christ is risen! Christ will come again!

This is the threefold truth
which, if we hold it fast,
changes the world and us
and brings us home at last.
Christ has died! Christ is risen! Christ will come again!

Fred Pratt Green, 1972.
© 1972 Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, Ill. 60188 (for permission to reprint this text contact Hope at All rights reserved.

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