Published on 18 Aug 2011

Celebrate! A Feast of Choral Music for All Occasions

 Celebrate CD Cover ImageWe dedicate this CD to all of the choristers, throughout the Cathedral’s history of more than a century, who contributed so much of their time and talent to the community of Christ Church Cathedral.We also celebrate all of the organists, assistants, organ scholars and choirmasters for their untiring leadership and inspiring us with such a wonderful continuity of excellence.

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Track Details

1. Alleluia Psallat(Aston)

2. Faire is the Heaven(Harris)

3. Psalm 96 (Sweelinck)

4. Psalm 51 (Lang)*

5. Haec Dies (Byrd)

6. Bogoroditse Devo (Rachmaninoff)

7. Slava v vishnih Bogu(Rachmaninoff)

8. Hvalite imia Ghospodne(Rachmaninoff)

9. Kyrie (Duruflé)

10. Sanctus / Benedictus (Rubbra)

11. Agneau de Dieu (Lang)*

12. Gaudeamus Omnes (Byrd)

13. Now My Tongue (Grafton)

14. Ar hyd y nos

15. Te Lucis

16. Keep us as the apple of an eye

17. Salve Regina

18. Kontakion (Lang)*

19. Psalm 151

* Canadian composer or arranger.

Alleluia Psallat

Composer: Peter Aston | Length: 2:16
Text: Worcester fragments

Alleluya. Alleluya psallat haec familia

Alleluya timpanizet

Alleluya citharizet

Alleluya psallat haec familia:

Alleluya psallat laetus coitus cum armonia:

Alleluya concinat Deo laude et praeconia


Alleluia Alleluia, sings this merry company.

Alleluia, strike the cymbals

Alleluia, sound the zither

Alleluia, sings this merry company

Alleluia, sing together now in joyful harmony

Alleluia to God the Father praise and honour ever be:



Faire is the Heaven

Composer: William Harris | Length: 5:17
Text: Edmund Spenser

Faire is the heaven where happy soules have place
In full enjoyment of felicitie;
Whence they do still behold the glorious face
Of the Divine, Eternall Majestie;

Yet farre more faire be those bright Cherubins
Which all with golden wings are overdight.
And those eternall burning Seraphins
Which from their faces dart out fiery light;

Yet fairer than they both and much more bright
Be the Angels and Archangels
Which attend on God’s owne person without rest or end.
These then in faire each other farre excelling
As to the Highest they approach more neare,
Yet is that Highest farre beyond all telling

Fairer than all the rest which there appeare
Though all their beauties joynd together were;
how then can mortal tongue hope to expresse
The image of such endlesse perfectnesse?


Psalm 96

Composer: Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck | Length: 2:04
Text: Psalm 96

Chantez à Dieu chanson nouvelle,
Chantez, ô terre universelle,
Chantez, et son Nom bénissez.
Et de jour en jour annoncez
Sa délivrance solennelle.
Sing unto God new songs upraising,
Sing thou, O world, His glory praising,
Sing thou and bless His holy name.
Yea from day to day tell His fame,
Upon His great salvation gazing.


Psalm 51

Composer: Rupert Lang | Length: 7:52

Organist and director of music at Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver and founder of the Vancouver Children’s Choir, Rupert Lang is also a composer of distinction.


Create in us a clean heart O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.

Have mercy on me O God, according to your loving kindness;
in your great compassion blot out my offences.

Wash me through and through from my wickedness
and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
Against you only have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight.

Create in us a clean heart O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.

And so you are justified when you speak
and upright in your judgement.

Indeed, I have been wicked from my birth,
a sinner from my mother’s womb.

For behold! you look for truth deep within me,
and will make me understand wisdom secretly.

Purge me from my sin and I shall be pure;
wash me,  and I shall be clean indeed.

Create in us a clean heart O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.

Make me  hear of joy and gladness,
that the body you have broken may rejoice.

Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquities.

Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.

Give me the joy of your saving help again
and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.

I shall teach your ways to the wicked,
and sinners shall return to you.

Create in us a clean heart O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.

Deliver me from death, O God;
and my tongue shall sing of your righteousness.

O God of my salvation.
Open my lips O Lord and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Had you desired it, I would have offered sacrifice,
but you take no delight in burnt-offerings.

The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit;
a broken and contrite heart O God you will not despise.

Create in us a clean heart O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.

Be favourable and gracious to Zion,
and rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.

Then you will be pleased with the appointed sacrifices, with burn-offerings and oblations;
then shall they offer young bullocks upon your altar.

Create in us a clean heart O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.


Haec Dies

Composer: William Byrd | Length: 2:34
Text: Psalm 118:24, translation: KJV

Haec dies quam fecit Dominus:
exultemus et laetemu in ea.
This is the day which the Lord hath made;
we will rejoice and be glad in it.


Rejoice, O Virgin (All-Night Vigil, movement 6)

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff | Length: 3:08
Text: liturgical

Bogoroditse Devo, raduysia,
Blagodatnaya Mariye, Ghospod s’Toboyu.
Blagoslovenna Ti v’zhenah,
i blagosloven Plod chreva Tvoyego,
yako Spasa rodila, yesi dush nashih.
Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos,
Mary full of grace, the Lord is with Thee.
Blessed art Thou among women,
and blessed is the Fruit of Thy womb,
for Thou hast borne the Saviour of our souls.


Verses before the Six Psalms (All-Night Vigil, movement 7)

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff | Length: 2:57
Text: liturgical

Slava v vyshnikh Bogu, i na zemli mir,
v chelovetsekh blagovoleniye.
Gospodi, ustne moi otverzeshi,
i usta moya vozvestyat khvalu Tvoyu.
Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace, good will among men.
O Lord, open Thou my lips,
and my mouth shall proclaim Thy praise.


Praise the name of the Lord (All-Night Vigil, movement 8 )

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff | Length: 2:19
Text: liturgical

Khvalite imya, Gospodne. Alliluyia.
Khvalite, rabi, Gospoda. Alliluyia.
Blagosloven Gospod’ ot Siona,
zhivy vo Ierusalime. Alliluyia.
Ispovedaytesya Gospodevi yako blag;
yako v vek milost’ Yego, Alliluyia.
Ispovedaytesya Bogu nebesnomu,
yako v vek milost’ Yego. Alliluyia.
Praise the name of the Lord. Alleluia.
Praise the Lord, O you His servants. Alleluia.
Blessed be the Lord from Zion,
He who dwells in Jerusalem. Alleluia.
O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good. Alleluia
For His mercy endures forever. Alleluia.
O give thanks unto the God of Heaven. Alleluia.
For His mercy endures forever. Alleluia.


Kyrie (from Requiem)

Composer: Maurice Duruflé | Length: 4:06
Text: liturgical

Kyrie eleison,
Christe eleison,
Kyrie eleison.
Lord have mercy,
Christ have mercy
Lord have mercy.


Sanctus / Benedictus (from Missa Cantuariensis)

Composer: Edmund Rubbra | Length: 2:57
Text: liturgical

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus,
Dominus Deus Sabaoth.
Pleni sunt caeli et terra gloria tua.

Hosanna in excelsis.
Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.
Hosanna in excelsis

Holy, Holy, Holy,
Lord God of Hosts.
Heaven and earth are full of thy glory.

Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.


Agneau de Dieu

Composer: Rupert Lang | Length: 3:16

Organist and director of music at Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver and founder of the Vancouver Children’s Choir, Rupert Lang is also a composer of distinction.

Text: liturgical

Agneau de Dieu
qui portes le péché du monde,
prends pitié de nous.Agneau de Dieu
qui portes le péché du monde,
donne-nous la paix.
Lamb of God, that taketh away
the sin of the world,
have mercy upon us.Lamb of God, that taketh away
the sin of the world,
grant us Thy peace.


Gaudeamus Omnes

Composer: William Byrd | Length: 2:56
Text: liturgical

Gaudeamus omnes in Domino,
diem festum celebrantes
sub honore Sanctorum omnium:
de quorum solemnitate
gaudent Angeli,
et collaudant Filium Dei.
Exsultate justi in Domino:
rectos decet collaudatio.
Let us all rejoice in the Lord,
celebrating a festival day in honour
of the blessed Virgin Mary for whose assumption
the Angels rejoice and praise the Son of God.


Now My Tongue

Hymn Tune: Grafton | Descant: Paul Halley | Length: 5:24
Text: attr. Thomas Aquinas, tr. Edward Caswall

Now, my tongue, the mystery telling
of the glorious Body sing,
and the Blood, all price excelling,
which the gentiles’ Lord and King,
in a Virgin’s womb once dwelling,
shed for this world’s ransoming.

Given for us, and condescending,
to be born for us below,
he, with men in converse blending,
dwelt the seed of truth to sow,
till he closed with wondrous ending
his most patient life of woe.

That last night, at supper lying,
‘mid the twelve, his chosen band,
Jesus, with the law complying,
keeps the feast its rites demand;
then, more precious food supplying,
gives himself with his own hand.

Word-made-flesh true bread he maketh
by his word his Flesh to be;
wine his Blood; which whoso taketh
must from carnal thoughts be free;
faith alone, though sight forsaketh,
shows true hearts the mystery.

Therefore we, before him bending,
this great Sacrament revere;
types and shadows have their ending,
for the newer rite is here;
faith, our outward sense befriending,
makes our inward vision clear.

Glory let us give, and blessing
to the Father, and the Son,
honor, might and praise addressing,
while eternal ages run;
ever too his love confessing,
who from both with both is one.


Ar hyd y nos (All Through the Night)

Composer: Welsh folksong | Length: 2:16

Text: Bishop R. Heber, 1827 (verse 1), Archbishop Whately, 1838 (verse 2)

God that madest earth and heaven,
Darkness and light;
Who the day for toil has given,
For rest the night;
May thing angel-guards defend us,
Slumber sweet thy mercy send us,
Holy dreams and hopes attend us,
This live long night.

Guard us waking, guard us sleeping,
And, when we die,
May we in thy mighty keeping
All peaceful lie:
When the last dread call shall wake us,
Do not thou our God forsake us,
but to reign in glory take us
With thee on high.


Te Lucis

 Length: 1:07

Text: liturgical

Te lucis ante terminum,
rerum Creator poscimus,
ut solita clementia
sis praesul ad custodiam.

Procul recedant somnia,
et noctium phantasmata:
hostemque nostrum comprime,
ne polluantur corpora.

Praesta, Pater omnipotens,
per Jesum Christum Dominum,
qui tecum in perpetuum
regnat cum Sancto Spiritu. Amen.

To thee before the close of day,
Creator of the world, we pray
That, with thy wonted favour, thou
Wouldst be our guard and keeper now.

From all ill dreams defend our eyes,
from nightly fears and fantasies,
Take from us now our ghostly foe,
that spot of sin we may not know.

O Father, that we ask be done,
Through Jesus Christ, thine only Son,
Who, with the Holy Ghost and thee,
Doth live and reign eternally. Amen.


Keep Us As the Apple of an Eye

 Length: 0:47

Text: liturgical


Salve Regina

Length: 2:44

Text: liturgical, translation by Edward Caswall

Salve, Regina, Mater misericordiae,
vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve.

Ad te clamamus exsules filii Evae.
Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes
in hac lacrimarum valle.

Eia ergo, Advocata nostra, illos tuos
misericordes oculos ad nos converte.
Et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,
nobis post hoc exilium ostende.

O clemens, O pia,
O dulcis Virgo Maria.

Mother of mercy, hail, O gentle Queen!
Our life, our sweetness, and our hope, all hail!

Children of Eve,
to thee we cry from our sad banishment;
To thee we send our sighs,
weeping and mourning in this tearful vale.

Come then, our Advocate;
Oh, turn on us those pitying eyes of thine:
and our long exile past, shew us at last
Jesus, of thy pure womb the fruit divine.

O Virgin Mary, mother blest!
O sweetest, gentlest, holiest!



Composer: Rupert Lang | Length: 6:29

Organist and director of music at Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver and founder of the Vancouver Children’s Choir, Rupert Lang is also a composer of distinction.

Text: Orthodox memorial liturgy

Give rest unto your servants with your saints, O God,
give rest, give rest,
where there is neither pain nor sorrow,
neither sighing, but life everlasting.

For you, God, only are immortal,
the creator and maker of all,
and we are mortal formed of the earth
and to the earth we shall return.

For so did you ordain when you created me, saying:
“You are dust and to dust you shall return.”
All of us go down to the dust,
yet even at the grave we make our song,
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.


Psalm 151

Radio Voice: David Linstead | Length: 6:01
Text: Rupert Lang and Linda Catchpole

I will give thanks unto the CBC with my whole heart:
In the council of the faithful lis’ners from East to West.

The works of the CBC are very great:
sought out of all them that have plenteous pleasure there-in.

The CBC is an arm’s length Crown corporation:
that is part of the Canadian Heritage portfolio.

Its broadcasting activities form a vital part of the growth and development of Canada:
particularly in the area of culture.

The CBC’s mandate recognizes that Canada is more than the sum of its parts; but that the needs of the whole cannot be met without recognizing the needs of those parts: to be national, one must first be regional; to truly serve the majority, one must sustain the minority.

To meet the needs of the great cities; and forge a Canadian identity
One must also be present in the vase spaces that define our country’s spirit.

The works of Judy Maddren are charity and love:
She hath restored the reading of Charles Dickens’ Christmas story using those wonderful CBC readers!

In so doing she hath raised funds for the outcast and poor:
and increased the seasonal employment of choir; and other musicians.

We also give thanks unto the CBC for Choral Concert:
for Janet Lea, Robert Cooper and Howard Dyck are worthy to be praised and held in honour.

Yet hear the voice of this choir’s complaint.
How the heck can we drive our cars, sip our lattes, listen to Choral Concert and still be on time for rehearsal and worship?

O praise the CBC in its headquarters:
Praise it in the wordiness of its twenty-three page mandate.

Yea, even in the summary of its corporate plan:
praise it according to its excellent greatness.

We praise you in your mighty programs:
Yea, even when you do repeat them.

We praise you with the sound of tea and crumpets.
We praise you upon the fiddle and spoons.

We praise you in your scenic subterranean studios.
We praise you upon the well-placed microphone.

Let everything that hath breath
Praise the CBC!

Glory be to Radio One and Radio Two:
et aussi, Radio Canada;

As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be,
World without end (and half an hour later in Newfoundland)

Halleluia, Amen.

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