Wedding Prayer – Tavener

Notes
Strong realisation of the Russian Orthodox choral tradition is found in this work - it moves chordally, and is solid and calm.

Duration
2 minutes

Forces required
Solo baritone + unaccompanied SATB choir, divisi (1994)

Title
Wedding Prayer – John Tavener (b.1944)
Text
Remember, O Lord our God, thy servant N*, and thy handmaid NN*, and bless them.
Grant them of the fruit of their bodies, fair children, concord of soul and body.
Exalt them like the cedars of Lebanon, like a luxuriant vine.
Give them seed in number like unto full ears of grain; so that, having enough of all things, they may abound in every work that is good and acceptable to Thee. Let them see their children's children, like olive shoots around their table; so that, finding favour in Thy sight, they may shine like the stars of heaven, in Thee, O our God. For all glory, honour, and worship are due unto Thee: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.


* The names of the groom and bride should be added here.