Listen to Choral Anthems Sung in Worship


The following links are to anthems recently sung in worship on Sunday morning.  The ambient sounds are from a congregation at worship and a vibrant city found on Fifth Avenue between 11th and 12th Streets.




Precious Lord, Take My Hand, Allen arr. Ringwald, Ellen Goff Entriken, soprano


Never Said a Mumbalin Word, Spiritual arr. Fenno Heath

Sean Fallen, tenor

They crucified my Lord and He never said a mumbalin’ word.
They nailed Him to the tree and He never said a mumbalin’ word.
They pierced Him in the side and He never said a mumbalin’ word.
He bowed His head and died and He never said a mumbalin’ word.


O Nata Lux, Morten Lauridsen, 1997

O nata lux de lumine, Jesu redemptor saeculi, dignare clemens supplicum laudes preces que     sumere.  Qui carne quondam contegi dignatus es pro perditis.  Nos membra confer effici, tui beati  corporis.

O born light of light, Jesus, redeemer of the world, mercifully deem worthy and accept the praises and prayers of your supplicants.  Thou who once deigned to be clothed in flesh for the sake of the lost ones, grant us to be made members of your holy body.


Elijah Rock, Moses Hogan, 1994

Elijah rock, Oh. Come on sister help me to pray, tell me my Lord done pass this way.
Satan ain’t nothin’ but a snake in the grass. He’s a conjur. He’s a liar. Hallelujah Lord.
If I could I surely would stand on the rock where Moses stood.
Hallelujah, Jesus. I’m comin’ up Lord.


Festival Te Deum, Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

Ellen Goff Entriken, soprano

We praise thee, O God: we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship thee, the Father everlasting.
To thee all angels cry aloud, the heavens and all the powers therein;
To thee cherubim and seraphim continually do cry.
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;
Heaven and earth are full of the majesty of thy glory.
The glorious company of the apostles praise thee.
The goodly fellowship of the prophets praise thee.
The noble army of martyrs praise thee.
The holy Church throughout all the world doth acknowledge thee;
The Father of an infinite majesty; thine honourable, true and only Son;
Also the Holy Ghost the comforter.

Thou art the King of glory, O Christ.
Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.
When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man,
Thou didst not abhor the Virgin’s womb.
When thou had’st overcome the sharpness of death,
Thou did’st open the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
Thou sittest at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father.
We believe that thou shalt come to be our judge.
We therefore pray thee, help thy servants,
whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.
Make them to be numbered with thy saints, in glory everlasting.

O Lord, save thy people, and bless thine heritage.
Govern them and lift them up for ever.
Day by day we magnify thee;
And we worship thy name ever, world without end.
Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin.
O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us
O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us, as our trust is in thee.
O Lord, in thee have I trusted: let me never be confounded.


Love Bade Me Welcome, John Tavener, 1985

Love bade me welcome: yet my soul drew back,
Guiltie of dust and sinne.
But quick-ey’d Love, observing me grow slack
From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning,
If I lack’d any thing.

‘A guest’, I answered, ‘worthy to be here:’
Love said , ‘You shall be he.’
‘I, the unkinde, ungratefull? Ah, my deare,
I cannot look on thee.’
Love took my hand, and smilingly did reply,
‘Who made the eyes but I?’

‘Truth, Lord, but I have marr’d them: let my shame
 Go where it doth deserve.’
‘And know you not’ sayes Love, ‘who bore the blame?’
‘My deare, then I will serve.’
‘You must sit downe’, sayes Love, ‘and taste my meat:”
So I did sit and eat.
George Herbert (1593-1633)


Choral Response to Prayer, As Pants the Hart


Lord For Thy Tender Mercies Sake, John Hilton (c.1599-1657)

Lord, for Thy tender mercy’s sake lay not our sins to our charge; but forgive that is past, an give us grace to amend our sinful  lives; to decline from sin, and incline to virtue, that we may walk with a perfect heart, before Thee now and ever more.


Greater Love Hath No Man, John Ireland (1879-1962)

Ellen Goff Entriken, soprano        LaMarcus Miller, baritone

Many waters cannot quench Love, neither can the floods drown it.
Love is strong as death. Greater Love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Who His own Self bare our sins in His own Body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness.
Ye are washed, ye are sanctified, ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus; Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into marvelous light.
I beseech you, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable unto God, which is your service.


Steal Away, Spiritual, arr. H.T.Burleigh
Ellen Goff Entriken, soprano


E’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come, Paul Manz (1919-2009)

Peace be to you and grace from him
Who freed us from our sins,
Who loved us all and shed his blood
That we might saved be.

Sing holy, holy to our Lord,
The Lord, Almighty God,
Who was and is and is to come;
Sing holy, holy, Lord!

Rejoice in heaven, all ye that dwell therein.
Rejoice on earth, ye saints below,
For Christ is coming, is coming soon,
For Christ coming soon!

E’en so Lord Jesus, quickly come,
And night shall be no more;
They need not light nor lamp nor sun,
For Christ will be their All!
 -Revelation 22 (adapted by Ruth Manz)


Gloria, Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)


Introit; Sarum Chant

Verbum supernum prodiens
O heavenly Word, eternal Light, begotten of the Father’s might,
Who in these latter days wast born for blessing to a world forlorn;

Pour light upon us from above, and fire our hearts with ardent love,
That, as we hear thy truth to day, all wrong desires may burn away;

To God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit, ever One,
Praise, honor, might, and glory be from age to age eternally.
-Latin, ca. 7th century


Psalm 86, Gustav Holst (1874-1943)

Sean Fallen, tenor          Ellen Goff Entriken, soprano

To my humble supplication
Lord, give ear and acceptation
Save Thy servant, that hath none
Help nor hope, but Thee alone.
Send, O send relieving gladness
To my soul, oppressed with sadness,
Which, from clog of earth set free,
Winged with zeal, flies up to Thee.
– Joseph Byran, Metrical Version, 1620

Bow down Thine ear, O Lord, hear me; for I am poor and needy.
Preserve my soul, for I am holy; Thou my God,
save Thy servant that trusteth in Thee.
Be merciful unto me, O Lord, for I cry unto Thee daily.
Rejoice the soul of Thy servant,
for unto Thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
For Thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive;
and plenteous in mercy unto them that call upon Thee.
Give ear, O Lord, unto my prayer,
and attend to the voice of my supplication
I will praise Thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart,
And I will glorify Thy name for evermore.
-King James’ Version

To thee, rich in mercies, treasure,
And in goodness without measure,
Never failing help to those
Who on Thy sure help repose;
Heavenly Tutor, of Thy kindness,
Teach my dullness, guide my blindness,
That my steps Thy paths may tread,
Which to endless bliss do lead.
– Joseph Byran, Metrical Version, 1620


Let All Mortal Flesh, arr. Gustav Holst, 1921

LaMarus Miller, baritone  Ellen Goff Entriken, soprano


Introit; Rejoice the Lord Is King Darwall’s 148th


Gaelic Prayer, John Rutter

Deep peace of the running wave to you
Deep peace of the flowing air to you,
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you,
Deep peace of the shinning stars to you,
Deep peace of the gentle night to you,
Moon and stars pour their healing light on you,
Deep peace of Christ the light of the world to you.
-old Gaelic Rune


Bring Joyful, Offerings, Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)

Bring joyful offerings, Com and adore him,
Bow the knew and praise the Lord in his holy courts.
Glad be, O Heavens, and exult all ye nations,
now before the face of the Lord, for he cometh. Alleluia
 -from Christmas Oratorio


Behold, The Tabernacle of the Lord, William H. Harris (1883-1973)

Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and the Spirit, of God dwelleth within you:  for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are: for the love of whom ye do this day celebrate the joy of the temple with a season of festivity. Alleluia.
Sarum antiphon


Psalm 23, Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Ellen Goff Entriken, soprano    Sean Fallen, tenor


O God, Beyond All Praising, Holst (1874-1934)
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 tomorrows 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.
Michael Perry


O All Ye Nations, Heinrich Schutz (1585-1672)
O all ye nations, praise the Lord, O praise the Lord, all ye people. Praise ye Jehovah in His strength; all that hath life, praise Jehovah.  God’s loving kindness unto us is great and merciful.  With heart and with voice in Him rejoice; for his truth endureth evermore.  Alleluia.
-from Psalm 67


Sing Joyfully, William Byrd (1542-1623)
Sing joyfully unto God our strength; sing loud unto the God of Jacob! Take the song, and bring forth the timbrel, the pleasant harp and the viol. Blow the trumpet in the new moon, even in the time appointed, and at our feast day. For this is a statute for Israel, of the God of Jacob, and a law of the God of Jacob.
                                                  Psalm 81:1-4

Gloria from Mass in G, Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Glory be to God on High
and on earth peace, good will towards men.
We praise thee, we bless thee,
we worship thee,
we glorify thee.
We give thanks to thee
for thy great glory.
Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty.
Lord the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ.
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father.
Thou that takest away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.
Thou that takest away the sins of the world,
receive our prayer.
Thou that sittest at the right hand of the Father,
have mercy on us.
For thou only art Holy.
Thou only art the Lord.
Thou only, O Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Ghost,
art most high in the glory of God the Father.  Amen.
(sung in Latin)


Prayer to Jesus, George Oldroyd (1886-1951)
Jhesu, since Thou me made and bought,
Be Thou my love and all my thought,
And help that I may to Thee be brought,
Withouten Thee I may to nought.

Jhesu, since Thou must do Thy will,
And naething is that Thee may let,
With Thy grace my heart fulfil,
My love and my liking in Thee is set.

Jhesu at Thy will I pray that I might be,
All my heart fulfil, with perfect love to Thee.
That I have done ill Jhesu forgive Thou me,
And suffer me never to spill Jhesu for pity, Amen.
Richard Rolle (1300-1349)


Heilig, Mendelssohn  (1809-1847)
Holy, holy, holy is the God the Lord, Lord of Hosts!
All the nations are filled with Thy renown.
Hoseanna sing on High!
And Praise be he who comes in the name of the Lord.
                              (sung in German)


Deep River, arr. Nancy Wertsch
Deep river, my home is over Jordan, Lord, I want to cross over into campground. Oh, don’t you want to go to that gospel feast, That promised land, where all is peace?
Cheryl Zilinyi, mezzo-soprano


Psalm 23, Franz Schubert


Sing My Soul, Ned Rorem, 1955
Sing, my soul, His wondrous Love,
Who, from yon bright throne above,
Every watchful o’er our race,
Still to man extends His grace.

Heav’n and earth by Him were made,
All is by His scepter sway’d;
What are we that He should show
So much love to us below?

God, the merciful and good,
Bought us with the Savior’s blood,
And, to make our safety sure,
Guides us by His spirit pure.

Sing, my soul, adore his name;
Let His glory be thy theme:
Praise Him till He calls thee home,
Trust His love for all to come.
            Anon., 1800


O Gladsome Light, Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Gladsome Radiance, the holy Glory of God the Father immortal, most holy, heavenly, blessed,  Jesus Christ!    Lo, now that we come to sunset, beholding the light of evening, Gladsome Radiance.

Gladsome Radiance, the holy Glory, for meet it is that thou shouldst be praised by voices undefiled, O Son of God, who givest life:  All the world doth praise thee.
—from All Night Vigil              Brett Sprague, tenor


Who Was Mary, spiritual arr. Whalum
Who was Mary? Mary was the queen of Galilee.
Mary rode to Bethlehem, there she brought forth the Holy Lamb.
Mary saw Him crucified, when her Lord cried out and died.
Now, after Sunday down at the Tomb, When the stone was rolled away, She didn’t find her Lord. Angel came unto her, telling the good news that Jesus Christ is risen and will appear again.
Ellen Goff Entriken, soprano


Jesu, Friend of Sinner, Edward Grieg (1843-1907)
Jesu, friend of sinners, Son of God most holy,
Son of man most lowly, Jesu keep us near Thee.
Jesu, friend of sinners, May our dull hearts love Thee,
May our blind eyes see Thee, Jesu, keep us near Thee,
Blessed Jesu.

Jesu friend of sinners, Keep our lives unspotted,
Keep our thoughts from evil, Jesu keep us near Thee.
Praise we God the Father, Praise the Son our Saviour,
With the Holy Spirit, Triune God for ever. Amen.
        -Clarence Dickinson

The Last Words of David, Randall Thompson
He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.
And he shall be as the light of the morning when the sun riseth,
even a morning without clouds,
as the tender grass springing out of the earth
by clear shining after rain. Alleluia.
2 Samuel 23:3,4

I Was Glad, C. H. H. Parry (1848-1918)
I was glad when they said unto me
“We will go into the House of the Lord”
Our feet shall stand in thy gate, O Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is builded as a city that is at unity in itself.
O pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper that love thee.
Peace be within thy walls and plenteousness within thy palaces
                                              -Psalm 122:1-3,6,7

Schaffe in Mir, Gott, ein rein Herz, Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Schaffe in Mir, Gott, ein rein Herz,                Create in me, God, a clean heart;
und gib mir einen neuen gewissen Geist.     and renew a right spirit within me.
Psalm 51:10


Be Still, Rick Bassett (2008)

Kontakion, Kievan Chant

Ave Maria, Sergei Rachminoff (1873-1943)

O Magnum Mysterium, Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943)

O Lord, Increase Our Faith, Henry Loosemore (c.1605-1670)

Ave Verum, Wm. Byrd (1542-1623)

Faire Is the Heaven, Wm. Harris

Lord Make Us Instruments of Thy Peace, Shaw

I Wonder As I Wander, arr. Niles Ellen Goff Entriken, soprano)

For He Shall Give His Angels Charge Over Thee, -from Elijah, Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)