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An American Anthem at Advent

The Choir will be singing an incredible amount of music for a special Advent Carol Service at 6pm on Sunday 27 November at All Saints Church Fulham.

Among the anthems, there will be one from an American composer. Dr Paul Manz (1919-1996) was an internationally celebrated organist.

Paul Manz Photograph by MoringStar Music

Manz served the church throughout his life. After retirement, he was given honorary positions at many of the churches and universities where he had worked. Cantor Emeritus at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saint Luke, Chicago, Illinois; Cantor Emeritus of Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

He was the director of the Paul Manz Institute of Church Music, and Professor Emeritus of Church Music at Christ Seminary Seminex at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

Manz’s most celebrated anthem E’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come was written in 1953 when his 3 year old son John was seriously ill in the hospital. His wife, Ruth, reworked the words of Revelation 22 and this beautiful motet was the result. John recovered and the motet is dedicated to him.

Peace be to you and grace from Him
Who freed us from our sin
Who loved us all, and shed his blood
That we might saved be.
Sing holy, holy to our Lord
The Lord almighty God
Who was and is, and is to come
Sing holy, holy Lord.
Rejoice in heaven,
all ye that dwell therein
Rejoice on earth, ye saints below
For Christ is coming,
Is coming soon
For Christ is coming soon.
E’en so Lord Jesus quickly come
And night shall be no more
They need no light, no lamp, nor sun
For Christ will be their All!

The obituary in his local newspaper Morningstar Publishers ends with these words spoken by the man himself.

“Thank you for the grace of singing with me across the years in good times and in bad, when our words have stuck in our throats and when our eyes have overflowed with joy. It has ever been a Song of Grace: ‘Love to the loveless shown that we might lovely be.’ I have just been the organist. Thank you for letting me play.”

The video is of The Choir of Somerville College, Oxford sing E’en so, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come conducted by David Crown


About All Saints Fulham Choir

The All Saints Fulham Church is the home of three choirs. A traditional Parish Choir who sing wide-ranging repertoire which spans nine centuries and tours regularly at home and abroad; a Gospel Choir who sing a mixture of contemporary and traditional gospel styles, and a junior choir for children from Year 3 upwards.


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