There’s going to be a feast of music this Harvest Festival (Sunday 6th October) at All Saints Fulham Church. At the 9.30am Sung Eucharist, the Parish Choir will sing Prayers and Dances of Praise from Africa by South African composer Peter Klatzow.
For Prayers and Dances of Praise from Africa, Klatzow took words from a prayer in An African Prayer Book compiled by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and set it to music. The piece was commissioned by the South African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) and first performed at the Three Choirs Festival in 1996.
The third movement is a prayer from Ghana called Cover me with the Night
Come, Lord, and cover me with the night.
Spread your grace over us
As you assured us you would do.
Your promises are more than all the stars in the sky;
your mercy is deeper than the night.
Lord, it will be cold.
The night comes with its breath of death.
Night comes; the end comes; you come.
Lord, we wait for you day and night.
—from an African Prayer Book, Desmond Tutu (editor)