Lord, Grant Us Thy Peace is a plea for God’s presence and peace in the world. Beginning with a chant-like setting of St. Francis’ prayer “Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace,” it moves into a rhythmically driving, bluesy section based on texts from several psalms, all pleading and yearning for God’s presence: “Lord, God, hear my wailing…My God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from me?…Where are you, Lord?” etc., building up into a climax on the repeated word “Where?” The music subsides and a gentle baritone solo intones “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Put your trust in God.” The opening chant returns with the words “Lord, grant us thy peace” and the piece ends with some degree of consolation and hope.
SATB choir, soprano sax, english horn, cello, bass, piano, organ, percussion
Christ Church Choir, Poughkeepsie, NY on April 22, 2008