25 Sep 2015

O God beyond all praising

This evening Pope Francis celebrated vespers (evening prayer) in the splendidly restored St Patrick's Cathedral in New York. You can find the worship aid here and see on-demand video of vespers here.

Pope Francis homily was delivered in Spanish and will be available HERE.

One of the hymns which caught our ear was the closing hymn "O God beyond all praising" which will probably sound familiar to Irish ears more for its melody which is taken from the melody THAXTED, named for a small town in the Uttlesford district of Essex, comes from the middle section of the “Jupiter” movement in Holst’s orchestral suite, The Planets (1914-1916). In 1921, Holst adapted the theme to fit Cecil Spring-Rice’s patriotic poem “I vow to thee my country” (1908). You can read more about the hymn here.

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