Use: General, Wedding
Required Resources: SATB choir
A common reading for weddings comes from Colossians 3: "Sing psalms and hymns to God with gratitude in your heart."
The composer has set these words in polyphonic style on the first three pages.
The middle of this section has the voices sing short outbursts: "sing psalms," and "sing hymns."
There follow two "duet" sections, for SA voices and TB voices respectively.
The ladies sing: "Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of Christ"; while the men sing: "Giving thanks through him, to God the Father."
The ABA motet ends with a repeat of the full opening section, modified with an "Amen" to close the work.
The parts are not difficult, extremely comfortable in range, and interesting to sing.
A quartet could easily sing this at a wedding, or the full choir could do it on any Ordinary Time Sunday.
The text from Corinthians occurs in the Second Reading for the Feast of the Holy Family (especially in Year A), making it perfect for that Feast!