Ascendit Deus


SATB and Organ. BSM0034.

Duration: 4:30.

English Text. St. Matthew 25:34-40 (KJV)

Commissioned by St. Thomas Episcopal Parish Choir, Cincinnati, OH.

Carlton Monroe, conductor.

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Ascendit Deus is a sacred anthem for the feast of Ascension. The text taken from Psalm 47 contemplates the ascension of Christ into heaven 40 days after his resurrection. This piece depicts both the mysterious and the exuberant feelings those who witnessed the ascension must have experienced. The mysterious sections set the original Latin text and the exclamatory praise in the contrasting sections sets the English version of the Psalm. The work ends with a rousing Alleluia!