Morning Prayer: William Byrd, John Merbecke and Thomas Tallis

O God most glorious, whose praises are sung night and day by your saints and angels in heaven: We give you thanks for William Byrd, John Merbecke and Thomas Tallis, whose music has enriched the praise that your Church offers you here on earth. Grant, we pray, to all who are touched by the power of music such glimpses of eternity that we may be made ready to join your saints in heaven and behold your glory unveiled for evermore; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. 


Ray Barnes said…
A very unusual and very welcome post.
I love most of the early, and some of the later music which has paved the way to prayer over many centuries.
For me, music can be a form of prayer without words, in the right setting and on the right occasion.
My mother who lost not only her sight but also most of her hearing by the end of her very long life, regretted the loss of music more than anything else.
I feel so very sorry for those who never have the opportunity to hear music and experience that extra dimension in their lives.
Ray, this prayer came from The Episcopal Church's book Holy Women, Holy Men, which is in trial use, and includes not only the "old" saints from the calendar but also other exemplary church folk such as this trio of musicians. I am with you about music as prayer and I like the saying "The one who sings prays twice." (Which is attributed to St Augustine but who knows where it really came from?)