Text Choristers' Prayer
Voicing Unison treble, organ, opt. 2nd voice
Topics Christian Life, Ministry and Service, Music
Price $2.00 (U.S.)
Length 2' 30" Released 1/19
Catalog no. 410-335
Difficulty Mod. easy
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The beloved text of the Choristers’ Prayer (“Bless, O Lord, us Thy servants who minister in Thy temple…”) is set warmly by Craig Phillips. The vocal lines may be sung either by unison treble voices or with the inclusion of an optional lower second part in a few spots.
Commissioned by the Chapel Boychoir of San Antonio, for the 10th anniversary of Mary Ann Winden's tenure with the group.
Bless, O Lord, us Thy servants,
who minister in Thy temple.
Grant that what we sing
with our lips,
we may believe in our hearts,
and what we believe
in our hearts,
we may show forth in our lives.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
"AAM-member Craig Phillips has added to the list of settings of the RSCM choristers’ prayer with this interesting anthem. Although it is cast in F Major, Phillips undermines the tonality with E-flats and B-naturals, pulling both toward the subdominant and dominant, often in close proximity. The nimble motion ends up feeling a little free from any gravitational pull, introducing younger choristers to a somewhat advanced musical language. Phillips achieves this, however, while maintaining a singable, memorable melody. The piece consists of a setting of the prayer and an almost identical repeat with a few short phrases including an optional second voice. The accompaniment is a literal repeat until the end, when Phillips alters the melody to lead to a concluding statement of 'Amen.' RSCM choirs that have not yet adopted a musical setting of the official prayer, or choirs that wish to have multiple settings, have another compelling option to add to their repertoire." --AAM Journal