Our Director of Music, Tim Pratt has written a new Motet O Radix for the Service of Dedication of the new Jesse Window on July 7th. The piece will be introduced to the choir tonight (Friday 10th) – and they have less than month to learn it.
The words are from a poem by Malcolm Guite based on the words of the third Advent Antiphon: O root of Jesse
O Radix Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum,
super quem continebunt reges os suum,
quem Gentes deprecabuntur:
veni ad liberandum nos, jam noli tardare.
All of us sprung from one deep-hidden seed,
Rose from a root invisible to all.
We knew the virtues once of every weed,
But, severed from the roots of ritual,
We surf the surface of a wide-screen world
And find no virtue in the virtual.
We shrivel on the edges of a wood
Whose heart we once inhabited in love,
Now we have need of you, forgotten Root
The stock and stem of every living thing
Whom once we worshiped in the sacred grove,
For now is winter, now is withering
Unless we let you root us deep within,
Under the ground of being, graft us in.
Dr. Malcolm Guite is an English poet, song-writer and Anglican Priest who was born in Nigeria.
Canon Mark Soady, Vicar said
” I am very excited to hear the piece for the first time this evening! We are grateful to Tim for taking the time to fulfil this commission for what will be a very special occasion”.