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Praise the Lord, the Day Is Won (Psalm 105)

Scripture References

Additional Prayers

O God of our salvation, through Jesus Christ you bring freedom,
fulfilling every promise you made to our ancestors in the faith.
So nourish us at your table with the bread of life and the cup of salvation,
that we may endure our wilderness journeys and come at last to your eternal feast. Amen.

Tune Information

Name
ST. KEVIN
Key
F Major or modal
Meter
7.6.7.6 D

Hymn Story/Background

The text is a setting of Psalm 105, written at the request of Martin Tel and John Witvliet when preparing Psalms for All Seasons (Faith Alive Christian Resources, 2012), in an attempt to include  Easter and the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus and our own redemption in the Old Testament Psalm. Using John of Damascus and his interpretation of the Exodus imagery, complete with “alleluias for the Lord who bursts the bars of prisons and yokes of oppression”—not a line-by-line versification of the Psalm, but a paraphrase that gets at its essence.
 
The suggested tune is the Easter hymn, ST. KEVIN, which with great joy celebrates redemption and resurrection. The repeated lines with their “alleluias” reminds us continually of God’s gift of salvation achieved on Easter morning, ending with the powerful affirmation, “Life, behold the glorious sight; death, your reign is ended.”
— Michael Morgan

Author Information

Michael Morgan (b. 1948) is a church musician, Psalm scholar, and collector of English Bibles and Psalters from Atlanta, Georgia. After almost 40 years, he now serves as Organist Emeritus for Atlanta’s historic Central Presbyterian Church, and as Seminary Musician at Columbia Theological Seminary. He holds degrees from Florida State University and Atlanta University, and did post-graduate study with composer Richard Purvis in San Francisco. He has played recitals, worship services, and master classes across the U. S., and in England, France, Spain, Switzerland, and Germany. He is author of the Psalter for Christian Worship (1999; rev. 2010), and a regular contributor in the field of psalmody (most recently to the Reformed collections Psalms for All Seasons and Lift Up Your Hearts, and the new Presbyterian hymnal, Glory to God).
— Michael Morgan

Composer Information

Arthur Seymour Sullivan (b. Lambeth, London, England. 1842; d. Westminster, London, 1900) was born of an Italian mother and an Irish father who was an army band­master and a professor of music. Sullivan entered the Chapel Royal as a chorister in 1854. He was elected as the first Mendelssohn scholar in 1856, when he began his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He also studied at the Leipzig Conservatory (1858-1861) and in 1866 was appointed professor of composition at the Royal Academy of Music. Early in his career Sullivan composed oratorios and music for some Shakespeare plays. However, he is best known for writing the music for lyrics by William S. Gilbert, which produced popular operettas such as H.M.S. Pinafore (1878), The Pirates of Penzance (1879), The Mikado (1884), and Yeomen of the Guard (1888). These operettas satirized the court and everyday life in Victorian times. Although he com­posed some anthems, in the area of church music Sullivan is best remembered for his hymn tunes, written between 1867 and 1874 and published in The Hymnary (1872) and Church Hymns (1874), both of which he edited. He contributed hymns to A Hymnal Chiefly from The Book of Praise (1867) and to the Presbyterian collection Psalms and Hymns for Divine Worship (1867). A complete collection of his hymns and arrangements was published posthumously as Hymn Tunes by Arthur Sullivan (1902). Sullivan steadfastly refused to grant permission to those who wished to make hymn tunes from the popular melodies in his operettas.
— Laura de Jong
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