1. “O Sacred Feast”; and 2. “Draw Near, Receive, Give Thanks”
“O Sacred Feast” sets an ancient text from 1493 to new music by Carlton R. Young. The melody is placed in the soprano voice with lower voices completing the chord. A 4/4 meter dominates, with 6/4 and 3/4 interjected to offer a rhythmic shift in the phrase. A quartet is suggested for the first singing with the full choir entering on the repeat. A coda of “Alleluia” concludes the anthem.
“Draw Near, Receive, Give Thanks” is a beautiful setting in the early American hymn tune style. Unison men sing stanza 1, clearly outlining the tune in preparation for the canon to follow. Unison women enter on stanza 2 with unison men in canon. The final stanza is homophonic with the melody in the top voice. The hymn structure of the final stanza does not sacrifice the early style.
PERFORMANCE OPTIONS include the use of keyboard to double the voices. These settings may be used as anthems or during the serving of the communion elements.
APPROPRIATE DAYS: Services celebrating Holy Communion.
AGE APPROPRIATENESS: Experienced youth or adults.
VOCAL DIFFICULTY: Moderately difficult.