Countless prayers of faithful people (Thurlow Weed)

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  • (Posted 2014-12-09)  CPDL #33630:     
Editor: Thurlow Weed (submitted 2014-12-09).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 24 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Countless prayers of faithful people
Composer: Thurlow Weed
Lyricist: Michael Hudson

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn for Advent IV   Meter: 87. 87. D

Language: English
Instruments: Unknown

First published: 2014
Description: 4th Sunday of Advent, Year B

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Original text and translations

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1. Countless prayers of faithful people
weighted in a cumbrous world
found an answer as an angel
met an open-hearted girl.
Not a master of a palace
where the airs of empire swirl,
not a young or hardened warrior
but an open-hearted girl.

2. All the years of desperate longing
of a people to be free
found an eloquent expression
in her simple, Let it be.
Not in battle or in barter
for a Caesar's guarantee,
but in prayerful conversation
and a simple, Let it be.

3. What gift, now, and whenever
life feels barren, hope consumed,
to recall that once a woman
welcomed God within her womb.
We see better now, and always,
faith, responsive, making room,
be-cause once a woman, Mary,
welcomed God within her womb

From Songs for the Cycle ©2004 by Michael Hudson.
Church Publishing Incorporated. All rights reserved. Used by permission.