Sing My Soul, His Wondrous Love
Musical Musings for Ordinary Time
by Sharon Downey
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Psalm 67 is one of the appointed psalms for this Sunday. It has inspired many musical compositions throughout the ages with many references to mercy, blessing and praise. We also sing this psalm when we celebrate our Cathedral's feast day, the Conversion of St. Paul. 

May God be merciful to us and bless us, 
show us the light of his countenance and come to us.
Let your ways be known upon earth,  
your saving health among all nations.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;  
let all the peoples praise you.
Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, 
for you judge the peoples with equity  and guide all the nations upon earth.
Let the peoples praise you, O God; 
let all the peoples praise you.
The earth has brought forth her increase; 
may God, our own God, give us his blessing.
May God give us his blessing, 
and may all the ends of the earth stand in awe of him.

The first setting of the psalm is sung to Anglican Chant using the Coverdale translation by the choir of Kings College, Cambridge. The chant is by Edward Bairstow (1874-1946) and is the chant traditionally paired with this psalm.

On this recording, the Choir of Trinity Episcopal, Wall Street, sings a setting of the psalm for orchestra and voices.

From Symphony No. 1: Incantations and Lamentations
by Julian Wachner

Royal weddings are often occasions for new anthem commissions. This anthem was written for the marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana by Welsh composer, William Mathias. You might recognize his name as the composer of a setting of the Gloria and Sanctus that has been sung regularly at the Cathedral. This recording is sung by the Atlanta Chorale.  

"Let the people praise thee, O God" 
by William Mathias

The final recording is a beautiful setting of Psalm 67 written for children's voices and a soprano soloist sung by Chorus Angelicus.  

"God be merciful unto us"
by Paul Halley