St Helen’s church in Hollinfare celebrated its 500th anniversary in 1997 and invited the gentlemen of Manchester Cathedral Choir to sing at the celebratory service.
The service included a Te Deum and Jubilate, which I wrote especially for the purpose.
The Te Deum is a full setting with organ and alto, tenor and bass singers.
The Jubilate is a psalm chant.
Both are available on this site.
The sound sample in each case is the original performance.
The words of the Te Deum are:
We praise thee, O God : we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship thee : the Father everlasting.
To thee all Angels cry aloud :
the Heavens, and all the Powers therein.
To thee Cherubim and Seraphim : continually do cry,Holy, Holy, Holy : Lord God of Hosts;
Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty : of thy glory.The glorious company of the Apostles : praise thee.
The goodly fellowship of the Prophets : praise thee.The noble army of Martyrs : praise thee.The holy Church throughout all the world : doth acknowledge thee;
The Father : of an infinite Majesty;Thine honourable, true : and only Son;
Also the Holy Ghost : the Comforter.Thou art the King of Glory : O Christ.Thou art the everlasting Son : of the Father.
When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man : thou didst not abhor the Virgin’s womb.When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death : thou didst open the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers.
Thou sittest at the right hand of God : in the glory of the Father.We believe that thou shalt come : to be our Judge.We therefore pray thee, help thy servants : whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.
Make them to be numbered with thy Saints : in glory everlasting.
O Lord, save thy people : and bless thine heritage.
Govern them : and lift them up for ever.
Day by day : we magnify thee;
And we worship thy Name : ever world without end.
Vouchsafe, O Lord : to keep us this day without sin.
O Lord, have mercy upon us : have mercy upon us.
O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us : as our trust is in thee.
O Lord, in thee have I trusted : let me never be confounded.
Live performance by Manchester Voluntary Cathedral Choir:
Video of performance by Budapest Scoring