When the starlight fades to amber (Volga, Volga mat’ rodnaya) – Piano, Strings and Flute

Lyrics

When the starlight fades to amber
And the dawn proclaims the hour,
We will seek life’s new adventures
In God’s loving care and power.

And bright shining holy Father,
Make us children of the sun,
To help and care for others
Like your own beloved Son.

For the earth is like a mother
Who gives us life and health,
We must care for her and nurture
The nature that’s her wealth.

When the fun and games are over
And our toys are put away,
We know it’s time to pray now
Giving you thanks for a perfect day.

Lyrics Copyright © 2016 Richard M S Irwin (b. 1955)

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    • Tune: Volga, Volga mat’ rodnaya (Волга, Волга мать родная)
    • Style: Traditional Russian
    • Meter: 87 87
    • Composer: Unknown
    • Arranger: Richard M S Irwin (b. 1955)
    • Lyricist: Copyright © 2016 Richard M S Irwin (b. 1955)
    • Usage: General
    • Music Copyright Public Domain
    • Performance ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

In the quiet consecration (Agape) – Organ

Lyrics

In the quiet consecration
Of this glad communion hour,
Here we rest in you, Lord Jesus,
Taste your love and touch your power.

Christ, the living bread from heaven,
Christ, whose blood is drink indeed,
Here by faith and with thanksgiving,
In our hearts on you we feed.

By your death for sin atoning,
By your resurrection life,
Hold us fast in joyful union;
Strengthen us to face the strife;

While in joyful holy radiance
Shines the feast that is to come
After conflict, toil, and testing
Your great feast of love and home!

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  • Tune: Agape
  • Style: Victorian Hymn
  • Meter: 87 87 (some authorities give 98 98)
  • Composer: Charles John Dickinson (1882 – 1883)
  • Lyricist: Constance Headlam Coote (1844 – 1936)
  • Church Year: General, Communion
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
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In the quiet consecration (Volga, Volga mat’ rodnaya) – Piano, Strings and Flute

Lyrics

In the quiet consecration
Of this glad communion hour,
Here we rest in you, Lord Jesus,
Taste your love and touch your power.

Christ, the living bread from heaven,
Christ, whose blood is drink indeed,
Here by faith and with thanksgiving,
In our hearts on you we feed.

By your death for sin atoning,
By your resurrection life,
Hold us fast in joyful union;
Strengthen us to face the strife;

While in joyful holy radiance
Shines the feast that is to come
After conflict, toil, and testing
Your great feast of love and home!

Recording

 
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Details

  • Tune: Volga, Volga mat’ rodnaya (Волга, Волга мать родная)
  • Style: Traditional Russian
  • Meter: 87 87
  • Composer: Unknown
  • Arranger: Richard M S Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Constance Headlam Coote (1844 – 1936)
  • Church Year: General, Communion
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Hark! a herald voice is calling (Merton)

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Hymn – Hark! a herald voice is calling – Lyrics

1. Hark! a herald voice is calling:
‘Christ is nigh,’ it seems to say;
‘Cast away the dreams of darkness,
O ye children of the day!’

2. Startled at the solemn warning,
Let the earth-bound soul arise;
Christ, her Sun, all sloth dispelling,
Shines upon the morning skies.

3. Lo! the Lamb, so long expected,
Comes with pardon down from heaven;
Let us haste, with tears of sorrow,
One and all to be forgiven;

4. So when next he comes with glory,
Wrapping all the earth in fear,
May he then as our defender
Of the clouds of heaven appear.

5. Honour, glory, virtue, merit,
To the Father and the Son,
With the co-eternal Spirit,
While unending ages run.

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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 1
  • Tune: Merton
  • Meter: 87 87
  • Style: Victorian Hymn
  • Composer: William Henry Monk (1823 – 1889)
  • Lyricist: Unknown (6th Century)
  • Translator: Edward Caswall (1814 – 1878)
  • Church Year: Advent | Church Year: Baptism of Christ
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

The King of love my shepherd is (Dominus Regit Me)

Lyrics

The King of love my shepherd is,
Whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am His
And He is mine forever.

Where streams of living water flow
My ransomed soul He leadeth,
And where the verdant pastures grow
With food celestial feedeth.

Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,
But yet in love He sought me,
And on His shoulder gently laid,
And home rejoicing brought me.

In death’s dark vale I fear no ill
With Thee, dear Lord, beside me;
Thy rod and staff my comfort still,
Thy cross before to guide me.

Thou spread’st a table in my sight;
Thy unction grace bestoweth;
And O what transport of delight
From Thy pure chalice floweth!

And so through all the length of days
Thy goodness faileth never:
Good Shepherd, may I sing thy praise
Within Thy house forever.

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  • Tune: Dominus Regit Me
  • Verses: 6
  • Meter: 87 87
  • Style: Victorian Hymn
  • Composer: John Bacchus Dykes (1823 -1876)
  • Lyricist: Henry Williams Baker (1821 – 1877) From Psalm 23
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

All hail and welcome, holy child (Luinneach) – Flute and Harp

Lyrics

We regret that we are unable to publish the lyrics to this hymn at the moment, as they are still in copyright.

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  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 1
  • Tune: Luinneach
  • Meter: 87 87
  • Style: Traditional Irish / Gaelic / Celtic, Carol
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Composer: Unknown
  • Arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin
  • Lyricist: Adoh Mac Cathmhaoil (1571 – 1626)
  • Translator: George Otto Simms (1910 – 1991)
  • Music Copyright Public Domain
  • Lyrics Copyright © Oxford University Press
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2016 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

God the Father of Creation (Rhuddlan)

  • Tune: Rhuddlan
  • Meter: 87 87
  • Style: Traditional Welsh
  • Composer: Unknown from Hymnal: Musical Relicks of Welsh Bards (1800)
  • Lyricist: Iain D. Cunningham (b. 1954)
  • Church Year: General
  • Music Copyright Public Domain
  • Lyrics Copyright Iain D. Cunningham © 2010 based on Psalm 42
  • Performance Copyright © 2012 Richard M S Irwin.Certain rights reserved.

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Hymn -God the Father of Creation – Lyrics

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Firmly I believe and truly (Shipston) – Organ

Lyrics

Firmly I believe and truly
God is Three, and God is One;
And I next acknowledge duly
Manhood taken by the Son.

And I trust and hope most fully
In that Manhood crucified;
And each thought and deed unruly
Do to death, as He has died.

Simply to His grace and wholly
Light and life and strength belong,
And I love supremely, solely,
Him the holy, Him the strong.

And I hold in veneration,
For the love of Him alone,
Holy Church as His creation,
And her teachings are His own.

And I take with joy whatever
Now besets me, pain or fear,
And with a strong will I sever
All the ties which bind me here.

Adoration aye be given,
With and through the angelic host,
To the God of earth and Heaven,
Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

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Details

  • Tune: Shipston
  • Meter: 87 87
  • Style: Traditional English
  • Composer: Unknown arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)
  • Lyricist: John Henry Newman (1801 – 1890)
  • Church Year: Trinity
  • Music Copyright Oxford University Press
  • Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright © 2011 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Father, hear the prayer we offer (Sussex)

  • Tune: Sussex
  • Meter: 87 87
  • Style: Traditional English
  • Composer: Unknown adapted by arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)
  • Lyricist: Love Maria Whitcomb Willis (1824 – 1908)
  • Church Year: General
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2016 Richard M S Irwin, Certain rights reserved.

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Hymn – Father, hear the prayer we offer – Lyrics

Father, hear the prayer we offer:
Not for ease that prayer shall be,
But for strength that we may ever
Live our lives courageously.

Not for ever in green pastures
Do we ask our way to be;
But the steep and rugged pathway
May we tread rejoicingly.

Not for ever by still waters
Would we idly rest and stay;
But would smith the living fountains
From the rocks along our way.

Be our strength in hours of weakness,
In our wanderings be our guide;
Through endeavour, failure, danger,
Father, be thou at our side.

Earth has many a noble city (Stuttgart)

Lyrics

Earth has many a noble city;
Bethlehem, thou dost all excel;
Out of thee the Lord from Heaven
Came to rule His Israel.

Fairer than the sun at morning
Was the star that told His birth,
To the world its God announcing
Seen in fleshly form on earth.

Eastern sages at His cradle
Make oblations rich and rare;
See them give, in deep devotion,
Gold and frankincense and myrrh.

Sacred gifts of mystic meaning:
Incense doth their God disclose,
Gold the King of kings proclaimeth,
Myrrh His sepulchre foreshows.

Jesu, whom the Gentiles worshipped
At Thy glad Epiphany,
Unto Thee, with God the Father
And the Spirit, glory be.

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  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 3
  • Tune: Stuttgart
  • Meter: 87 87
  • Style: Baroque Style: Carol
  • Church Year: Christmas / Church Year: Epiphany
  • Composer: Unknown German melody arranger: Christian Friedrich Witt (c.1660 – 1716)
  • Lyricist: Aurelius Clemens Prudentius (348 – c.413)
  • Translator: Edward Caswall (1814 – 1878)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin, Certain rights reserved.