To Heaven Restored: Songs for the Great Litany


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To Heaven Restored: Songs for the Great Litany

Holy Week has always been filled with the cries and songs of God’s people. From the chants of “Hosanna” at Christ’s Triumphal Entry to the hymn the disciples sing with Jesus after the upper room passover meal to Jesus’ own swan song of Psalm 22 from the cross. Music is the gift God has given us to express the intensity of both communal events and personal laments. In this spirit we offer you a collection of new songs rooted in the life of Christ and the testimony of the church to the good news. Christ has died, Christ is Risen. Christ will come again! 

The text for this compilation comes from a collection of hymns Charles Wesley published in 1746 “Hymns for Our Lord’s Resurrection.” Nestled away in this collection is a nine stanza hymn “Jesus Show Us Thy Salvation” riffing on a section of a very long Anglican prayer called “The Great Litany.” The hymn we choose for this compilation is an amazing meditation on the glories of Christ’s birth, life, death, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension. It is also a dense poetic and theological vision of Jesus Christ and our life with him. 

We invited a group of very gracious artists and sound designers to re-imagine this hymn as a meditation for Holy Week 2014. My huge thanks to them!

Starting on Palm Sunday we will release one track a day through Easter. 

– 
(section of great litany)
“By the mystery of thy holy Incarnation; 

by thy holy Nativity and submission to the Law; 
by thy Baptism, Fasting, and Temptation, 

Good Lord, deliver us. 

By thine Agony and Bloody Sweat; 
by thy Cross and Passion; 
by thy precious Death and Burial; 
by thy glorious Resurrection and Ascension; 
and by the Coming of the Holy Ghost, 

Good Lord, deliver us.” 
– 
The Great Litany (BCP) – www.bcponline.org/GreatLitany/Litany2.html 
Hymn – www.hymnary.org/text/jesu_show_us_thy_salvation

*post on the Great Litany from friend David Taylor.

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