Posts tagged ‘Michael McCabe’

May 17, 2015

2015-05-17 Notes from the Bench

“God is Gone Up” by Michael McCabe

A commentary on this week’s music by Dr. James T. Gerber, Music Associate


On this final Sunday of the Easter season, we commemorate the Ascension of the Lord, the liturgical feast is traditionally observed on the Thursday after the sixth Sunday of Easter, the fortieth day of the Easter season. The choral anthem for today, “God is Gone Up” is particularly appropriate for the observance of the Ascension. The text begins by quoting Psalm 47:5-6, the appointed Psalm for Ascension Day. There is a reference to the Lord’s Ascension followed by a prayer beseeching Jesus’ gift of the Holy Spirit to us as promised in the Gospel of John.

The choral music of Michael McCabe (b.1941) is regularly sung by our choirs at All Saints’, has recorded by our choirs, and is among our favorite sacred choral works. His compositions are artistically written and he has composed music appropriate for choirs of all ages and abilities.

McCabe believes that “church music … should bring people to the face of God.” This is certainly what we strive for as we worship together each week, and we encounter God in many ways: through Word and Sacrament, our presence to one another, and heavenly music.


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