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  • Chris Williams

Wednesday 27th May – Icon of the Day

Clap your hands, all you peoples; shout to God with loud songs of joy. For the Lord, the Most High, is awesome, a great king over all the earth.

He subdued peoples under us, and nations under our feet. He chose our heritage for us, the pride of Jacob whom he loves.

God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet. Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the king of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm.

God is king over the nations; God sits on his holy throne. The princes of the peoples gather as the people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God; he is highly exalted.

Psalm 47

Image: Clayworth Church Murals, Nottinghamshire, painted 1904-05 by Phoebe Traquair.

Between the arches of the north arcade, the Angel Choir includes members of the 1905 church choir.

Photo credit - detail from photo by J.Guffogg & J.Hannan


Listen to VOCES8 sing Orlando Gibbons' choral setting of Psalm 47, 'O Clap Your Hands', first performed in 1622:


In St Mary’s prayer cycle for May 2020, today we pray for those who bring joy to our lives.


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