BP1699, SATB, $2.25
The text of this original work by Mark Hayes is adapted from several Old and New Testament scriptures and attests to God’s faithfulness, forgiveness, and love. Hayes employs 12/8 meter, a lively tempo, and an accompaniment in perpetual motion to enhance the lilting melody that has a Celtic flavor, especially with the flute and violin accompaniment. The refrain quotes TERRA BEATA, which serves as a subtle musical reminder that all of the earth is the Lord’s. Extensive unison and homophonic partwriting with only brief instances of 6-part divisi at the end make this anthem fairly easy to learn. This piece would be especially effective used in commitment and dedication services as well as on occasions of church or ministerial anniversaries.