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Lent: Anthems (not Holy Week)

Hello -

I am tired of all the SATB Lenten anthems I have and I am looking for new suggestions. I am NOT looking for any holy week anthems or extended works, only good anthems that fit into the Lenten season well. I don't see a list on Choral Net for just lenten anthems and so I am asking this great resource for their ideas. Does anyone have a favorite Lenten anthem? I will compile a list.

Thanks -
Stephanie Phelps


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Thanks everyone! This is a great list.

Stephanie Phelps

My favorite is Gilbert Martin's setting of "When I Survey the Wondrous
Cross" published by Theodore Presser #312-40785. A Lenten anthem that
used with success is entitled "A Lenten Meditation" by Douglas E.
Harold Flammer #A-5803. A new one that I like is entitled "Call to
Lent" by
J. Jerome Williams. It is two-part mixed and only two pages, and is a
quodlibet on "What Wondrous Love is This" and "When I Survey the
Cross." It is published by Hope #A 704.

Other anthems are Gilbert Martin's "An Anthem in Lent" published by The
Sacred Music Press #10/3075S; Michael Phillips' "O Love That Will Not
Let Me
Go" published by The Sacred Music Press #10/3072S; John Rutter's "God
Be in
My Head" published by Oxford Univ. Press #94.326 and "Open Thou Mine
published by Hinshaw Music #HMC-467. Still another is John Goss' "O
of the World" (several editions published by different publishers).

Victoria O Vos Omnes
Casals O Vos Omnes
Robert Young - All for Love (Hal Leonard)
John Gerrish - the Falcon
Sven Lekberg - Fragrant the Prayer
Jon Washburn - Lamb of God
Gilbert Martin - Cross Cry
David Dickau - Born to Die to Set Us Fre
Robert Graham - Gethsemane
Robert YOung - Corpus Christi
Evan Copley - Surely He hath borne
John Goss - O Savior of the World

The one that I've just chosen to buy for this year is 'I want Jesus
to walk with me' arr Larry Shackley (Exaltation / Lorenz 10/3319L)

One from our files that I like very much is 'A Lenten Walk' arr. Hal
Hopson (Augsburg Fortress)

Wash me throughly by S.S. Wesley!

Here are some of my favorites for Lent:

Call to Remembrance – Richard Farrant
Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt – H. Schutz
Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love – Austin Lovelace
O pray for the peace of Jerusalem – Herbert Howells
O Saviour of the world – John Goss
Psalm 51 – Gregorio Allegri

I absolutely love
"Surely He Has Borne Our Griefs" by Richard Hillert, SATB a cap., originally pub. Concordia. It is available in The First Motet Book (Concordia 97-4845U1), along with some 16 other motets, unaccompanied & unaccompanied, for the church year, Lent & other. It has fantastic dissonance which portrays the text, yet is not out of reach for the small choir, and sounds great with a larger ensemble.

Purcell has several good things, perhaps "Remember Not, Lord, Our

Easy - Lenten Prayer by Pergolessi

Medium - Lenten Meditation by Wagner
A Scarlet Robe

Difficult - O Crux by Jennings

Great new anthem from Augsburg Fortress - Beneath the Cross of Jesus - Benjamin Harlan - (SATB, kybd & violin) you can read a fabulous review at Creator magazines website.

This is what I am doing for Lent this year.

Ash Wednesday
Thou Knowest Lord the Secrets of Our Hearts Henry Purcell

Lent I Call to Remembrance Richard Farrant

Lent II An Anthem of Faith Carl Mueller

Lent III When I Survey the Wondrous Cross Dwight Gustafson


Lent V Wash Me Throughly S. S. Wesley

Palm Sunday
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross Gilbert Martin
At the Name of Jesus Renee Clausen

Maunday Thursday
O Savior of the World John Goss

Good Friday
Greater Love Has No Man John Ireland
There is a Green Hill Herbert Sumsion

Oldroyd: Prayer to Jesus
Laster: Ubi caritas
Haan: I Want Jesus to Walk With me
Unruh: Kyrie eleison
Kitson: Jesu, grant me this I pray

One of our favourites is Pray One Hour from Leslie Music Corp.

MY SONG IS LOVE UNKNOWN by Edwin T. Childs is new within the past 10
years & already a best seller from MorningStar.

Ain't Got Time to Die (Hall Johnson Arrangement)--a terrific spiritual about service, and working for the Kingdom. The text of the verses fit with many of the oft used Lenten texts, and the added slant that Jesus TOOK the time to die. For us. (yes, it is a "bit" outside the usual andante/minor/lyrical mode--but why not?).

One of my favorites is the Graun "Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs"

Try Craig Courtney's new "Father Forgive Us" Beckenhorst BP1743. I love it.

You could try Josquin (attr.) "Tu pauperum". It's the secunda pars of a
motet called "Magnus es tu, Domine". Exquisite, if your choir can
the modality.

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on March 5, 2007 10:00pm
A great a capella standard for choirs is Popule Meus - by Vittoria. Great Latin and Greek setting with choir 1 and choir 2 call and response device used. Choir 1 should be placed somewhere in the church where an "distant" echo effect can be heard. Choir 2, usually is in the loft or the front or side of the church to respond to choir 1. I have performed this for the "Presentation of the Cross" during Good Friday. The effect of the mystery, sacrifice, and questioning of the Lord to "we the people" as to why we are sending Him to the cross, sends a powerful prayful message.n
This is a beautiful, moving motet for Holy Thursday and/or Good Friday. Attention should be placed in understanding the English translation of the Latin and Greek phrases. Not too difficult, if choir can listen and hear each other during rehearsal and performance....CRITICAL to the success of the performance.

Kathy Collins
Director of Music Ministry
Church of the Good Shepherd
Charleston, SC
on February 20, 2008 10:00pm
I attended a concert given by the Texas Lutheran University Choir last year that was part of their tour, "Lamb of God". On the program were several settings of the Agnus Dei and the English adaptation. One of these settings was by a composer named Matthew Everett. I remember the work having beautiful harmonies and a gorgeous piano accompaniment. Does anyone know of other works by this composer? When I google his name I find a lot of information about a playwrite with that name. I assume it's not the same person.
on December 31, 2009 10:00pm

Are you familiar with Titcombs "I will not leave you comfortless"? It is absolutely gorgeous based on john14:18

Happy New Year!

John Rondeau
on March 7, 2009 10:00pm
New Music: Regarding wanting new material for the Lenten anthems, The Kyrie, Stephanie, you might like to see what I have done with a more spontaneous chant structure that can bring out a rich texture of transcendence and feeling in people.

It's at my blog space:

Watch out! It is innovative but so rich for choirs to sing. Even if you don't do it publicly, give it a try to induce the spirit of your choir singers in rehearsal. It is to the greater glory of God through soulwork.
--Strephon Kaplan-Williams