Duration: 3'15" |
Ensemble: SSATB unaccompanied
This SSATB motet is a setting of words that are immediately familiar; the Church was founded on precious stones, 'the prophets, apostles and holy martyrs'. The theme appears frequently throughout the liturgical year which provides many opportunities for the motet to be sung. The text is a recent transcription by Gabriel Aydin of an ancient Syriac hymn from the School of Edessa. It speaks literally, to a foundational grounding in faith. The words 'the bars of Sheol did not and will not overcome it' remind us of the Archangel Michael's triumph over evil, while 'hallelujah' frames the Eucharistic rite. Ultimately, it is the truth that lies at the very heart of the atonement, 'for the forgiveness of sins', which brings the motet to a reflective and peaceful conclusion.