Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
David Ashley White

Composer David Ashley White
Text Latin, 7th cent.; tr. John Mason Neale, 1851
Voicing SATB, opt. children's chorus, opt. cong., brass, and organ
Topic Anniversaries, Church and Mission
Scripture references I Corinthians 3:10-23, Colossians 1:13-19, I Peter 2:1-10, Revelation 22:1-21
Lectionary usage Epiphany 7A, Easter 5A
Price $2.50 (U.S.)
Length 3' 25" Released 6/14
Catalog no. 425-863
Difficulty Mod. diff.

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Anthem text
Christ is made the sure foundation,
Christ the head and cornerstone,
chosen of the Lord, and precious,
binding all the Church in one,
Holy Zion's help for ever,
and her confidence alone.

All that dedicated city,
dearly loved of God on high,
in exultant jubilation
pours perpetual melody;
God the One in Three adoring
in glad hymns eternally.

To this temple, where we call thee,
come, O Lord of Hosts, to-day;
with thy wonted loving-kindness,
hear thy servants as they pray;
and thy fullest benediction
shed within its walls alway.

Here vouchsafe to all thy servants
what they ask of thee to gain,
what they gain from thee, for ever
with the blessed to retain,
and hereafter in thy glory
evermore with thee to reign.

--Latin, 7th cent.; tr. John Mason Neale, 1851.

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Commissioned by Peachtree Road United Methodist Church (Atlanta, Georgia) in celebration of the 2002 consecration of its sanctuary, this lively festival anthem by David Ashley White has an optional part for children’s choir and for congregation, who can join in the very end in a metrically normalized version of the main melody that has been presented several times by the choir. A very effective anthem for festive occasions, particularly those celebrating building (real or metaphorical).


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