This Is the Feast
Composer Russell Schulz-Widmar
Text Lutheran Book of Worship
Voicing SATB, organ and congregation
Topics Canticles, Communion
Length 2' 15" Price $1.75 (U.S.) Released 1/99
Catalog no. 410-951 Difficulty Moderately difficult
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"Yes, this is the canticle text from LBW/LW in a terrific new musical setting. It takes advantage of the antiphon potential of the canticle, the congregation singing the refrain in alternation with SATB choral singing of the verses. The stentorian refrain 'This is the feast' marches up a fifth, then leaps up to the octave. I do find it curious that this setting, like those in our Lutheran books, uses a dotted eighth-sixteenth rhythm in what appears to have become obligatory in setting the word 'victory.' Highly recommded." --Cross Accent, Spring 2000
"Unlike most Communion music this anthem is rhythmic, well accented, and loud. The congregational refrain may be reproduced in the bulletin and recurs throughout the setting. The keyboard is a bold two-stave accompaniment which does not play all the time; short unaccompanied areas are interspersed." --Diapason, January 2000
Description Sing this festival canticle on Easter, in place of a Gloria at a communion service, or as an anthem for any special occasion. While big in sound, it is still practical for four-part choirs, and includes a congregational refrain. Useful as an alternative to the well-worn work by Richard Hillert.
This is the feast of victory for out God. Alleluia.
Worthy is Christ the Lamb who was slain,
whose blood set us free to be people of God.
Power, riches and wisdom and strength
and honor and blessing and glory are his.
Sing with all the people of God,
join in the hymn of all creation.
Blessing, honor and glory,
glory and might be to God and the Lamb forever. Amen.
For the Lamb who was slain has begun his reign.
Text: Lutheran Book of Worship, © 1978. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.