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Remembrance Sunday: Love is Strong as Death

Fulham War Memorial

Fulham War Memorial

Sunday 10 November 2012 is Remembrance Sunday. All across the country people will pause to reflect on the sacrifices made by brave Service men and women in conflicts around the world.

At Sung Eucharist at 9.30am, All Saints Fulham Choir will sing the moving anthem Greater Love Hath No Man by English composer John Ireland (1879-1962).

Like many of his contemporaries who studied at the Royal College of Music, Sir Charles Villiers Stanford was one of his teachers at the College.

He composed many works throughout his lifetime, mainly smaller scale pieces e.g. songs, piano works, chamber music, and church music including the popular tune Love Unknown which is sung to the hymn My Song is Love Unknown.

He was a composition teacher at the Royal College of Music (where his pupils included Benjamin Britten and E. J. Moeran), and from 1904-1926, he was organist and choirmaster at St. Luke’s Church, Chelsea, in London.

Greater Love Hath no Man was initially composed in 1912 for just choir and organ, however, Ireland later revisited it and added an orchestral accompaniment.

Greater Love Hath No Man
(Words from Canticles 8, St John 15, I Peter 2, I Corinthians 6; Romans 12)

Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it.
Love is strong as death.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness.
Ye are washed, ye are sanctified, ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation;
That ye should show forth the praises of him who hath call’d you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
I beseech you brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies, a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto to God, which is your reasonable service.

The video is Greater Love Hath no Man performed by the Choir of St Paul’s Cathedral. Soloist: Thomas Kelly.


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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