Use: Communion, General
Required Resources: 2-part choir, organ
This useful, two-part anthem by Roger Petrich is a setting of a 20th century Communion text by the Rt. Rev. Timothy Rees (1874-1939), who was an Anglican bishop in Wales.
The text is contemporary in thought, but solidly Eucharistic.
Verse 1 reads:
Christ is the heav'nly food
that gives to ev'ry famished soul
new life and strength, new joy and hope,
and faith to make them whole.
Mr. Petrich sets this text for men and women, using a sparse, yet effective organ accompaniment that both punctuates the choral material and alternates with it.
Four stanzas of the hymn text are set, both canonically and as two-part homophony, using unison singing for emphasis.
The music is melodic and the ranges for all singers are very manageable (middle C# to D# 4th line; an octave lower for the men).