Choral Reflection for Holy Week

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Minister: Revd Tim Norwood

Prelude: Andante Tranquillo Op. 23 2nd movement

Gerald Finzi (composed c. 1924)
Ben Westlake (clarinet); Adrian Boynton (piano)



By Revd Tim Norwood

Ne Irascaris


By William Byrd (composed 1589)

Ne irascaris, Domine, satis
et ne ultra memineris iniquitatis nostrae.
Ecce, respice, populus tuus omnes nos.
Civitas sancti tui facta est deserta.
Sion deserta facta est, Jerusalem desolata est.

Be not angry, O Lord, still
neither remember our iniquity for ever.
Behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people.
The holy cities are a wilderness.
Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.

Based on Isaiah 64: 9




Behold the wood of the cross.
The woodman cut it from the living tree,
the teeth of the saw gnawing it apart,
ready for nails, able to bear its load.

And he who waked on the waters
did not float, but sank with little trace,
the grain of the wood being a current
sweeping him away in cataclysmic force.

The arms embraced him, took him in,
he and it were one, a crucifix, a single thing;
for this cause he left his Father, mother, both,
to be joined in love, not even death could part.

But life it was parted them; the solid wood
split, released him from its hold, and he was free,
though bearing scars. The tree too stands scarred,
never again the same, the sign of love carved on it.


Behold the body of the Christ, now lifted high.
The cross is seen no more, absorbed into himself,
leaving him cruciform, his arms stretched wide
to reach the grasping hand of the uncertain world.

He was always thus. Before history, beyond history,
his roots go down, the eternal sap rising in him
to bring refreshment to that hungry world, to set
it free from death and all the flood of death can bring.

Alan Horner
published in A Picture with the Paint Still Wet (2005), Revaph Publications



By Antonio Lotti (composed c. 1717)

Crucifixus etiam pro nobis
sub Pontio Pilato passus et sepultus est.

He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate.
He suffered and was buried.



By Revd Tim Norwood



By Gregorio Allegri (coposed 1638)

Miserere mei, Deus: secundum magnam misericordiam tuam.
Et secundum multitudinem miserationum tuarum, dele iniquitatem meam.
Amplius lava me ab iniquitate mea: et a peccato meo munda me.

Quoniam iniquitatem meam ego cognosco: et peccatum meum contra me est semper.
Tibi soli peccavi, et malum coram te feci:
ut justificeris in sermonibus tuis, et vincas cum judicaris.
Ecce enim in iniquitatibus conceptus sum:
et in peccatis concepit me mater mea.
Ecce enim veritatem dilexisti:
incerta et occulta sapientiae tuae manifestasti mihi.

Asperges me hysopo, et mundabor:
lavabis me, et super nivem dealbabor.
Auditui meo dabis gaudium et laetitiam:
et exsultabunt ossa humiliata.
Averte faciem tuam a peccatis meis:
et omnes iniquitates meas dele.
Cor mundum crea in me, Deus:
et spiritum rectum innova in visceribus meis.
Ne proiicias me a facie tua:
et spiritum sanctum tuum ne auferas a me.
Redde mihi laetitiam salutaris tui:
et spiritu principali confirma me.

Docebo iniquos vias tuas:
et impii ad te convertentur.
Libera me de sanguinibus, Deus, Deus salutis meae:
et exsultabit lingua mea justitiam tuam.
Domine, labia mea aperies:
et os meum annuntiabit laudem tuam.
Quoniam si voluisses sacrificium, dedissem utique:
holocaustis non delectaberis.
Sacrificium Deo spiritus contribulatus:
cor contritum, et humiliatum, Deus, non despicies.

Benigne fac, Domine, in bona voluntate tua Sion:
ut aedificentur muri Ierusalem.
Tunc acceptabis sacrificium justitiae, oblationes, et holocausta:
tunc imponent super altare tuum vitulos.

Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy great mercy.
According unto the multitude of thy tender mercies remove my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquities, and cleanse me from my sin.

I knowingly confess my transgressions:
and my sin is ever before me.
Against thee only have I sinned, and done evil before thee:
that they may be justified in thy sayings, and might they overcome when I am judged.

But behold, I was formed in iniquity:
and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Behold, thou desirest truth in my innermost being:
and shalt make me to understand wisdom secretly.

Thou shalt sprinkle me with hyssop, and I shall be clean:
wash me, make me whiter than snow.
Open my ears and make me hear of joy and gladness:
and my bones that have been humbled shall rejoice.
Turn away thy face from my sins:
and remember not all my misdeeds.
Create in me a clean heart, O God:
and make anew a righteous spirit within my body.
Do not cast me away from thy presence:
and take not thy holy spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.

I will teach those that are unjust thy ways:
and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
Deliver me from blood, O God, the God of my salvation:
and my tongue shall sing of thy righteousness.
O Lord, open my lips:
and my mouth shall spring forth thy praise.
For thou desirest no sacrifice, where others would:
with burnt offerings thou wilt not be delighted.
Sacrifices of God are broken spirits:
dejected and contrite hearts, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Deal favourably, O Lord, in thy good pleasure unto Zion:
build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness,
with small and large burnt offerings: then shall they lay calves upon your altar.

Psalm 51

Prayer and Blessing


By Revd Tim Norwood

Postlude: Adagio from Septet Op. 23


By Heinrich Bärmann (composed 1821)
Ben Westlake (clarinet); Adrian Boynton (piano)