Possibilities for children, youth, adults, and handbells are found this new anthem by Joe Cox. A simple eight-measure melody nearly sings itself. Facets of Jesus’ deity are revealed in eight stanzas. Stanzas end with some form of the title phrase, including “holy, blessed, joyful, humble, and victorious,” reflecting the emphasis of the text. Varying choral textures and accompaniments bring interest to the repeating melody. Unison, two-part, four-part, and descant give everyone an opportunity to participate.
The accompaniment rejoices in the opening bell ostinato and lilting organ rhythms. The handbell part is simple and may be played by late beginning or intermediate ringers. No tables are necessary. You need at least a two-octave set. The choral ranges are all moderate.
Performance options include singing this as a unison anthem following the melody line. The descant may be omitted. Bell cues are included in the organ part and may be used in place of bells. The bell part may be played by handbells or handchimes.
Appropriate days: Service themes on the Incarnation and Christmas.