Sunday, April 12, 2020

Ordinary people making extraordinary music...

Happy Easter

The St. Theresa Adult Choir performing "O God Beyond All Praising" (Thaxted (Gustav Holst, 1874-1934; Words by Michael Perry, 1942-1996) at the St. Theresa Feast. Organist and director: Dr. Liya Petrides Conductor: Mr. Richard Marrano

Including what I call the "elusive second verse" so often not used. I consider it the most beautiful.

O God, beyond all praising, we worship you today
and sing the love amazing that songs cannot repay;
For we can only wonder at every gift you send,
at blessings without number and mercies without end:
We lift our hearts before you and wait upon your word,
We honor and adore you, our great and mighty Lord.

The flower of earthly splendor in time must surely die,
Its fragile bloom surrender to you, the Lord most high;
But hidden from all nature the eternal seed is sown
Though small in mortal stature, to heaven’s garden grown:
For Christ the man from heaven from death has set us free,
And we through him are given the final victory.

Then hear, O gracious Savior, accept the love we bring,
That we who know your favor may serve you as our King;
And whether our tomorrow be filled with good or ill,
We’ll triumph through our sorrows and rise to praise you still:
To marvel at your beauty and glory in your ways,
And make a joyful duty our sacrifice of praise!

And no celebration is complete without the Easter Kitteh (or three)

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