This Sunday we welcome the North American Vocal Ensemble (NAVE), which is providing choral music for our liturgy. Founded in 2012, NAVE is a national choir that has sung in major cities throughout the country, most recently in New York City at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and in Carnegie Hall this past January. From a vast repertoire of choral music, NAVE offers for our worship two beautiful ancient, Latin hymns, one adoring the Eucharist ("Ave verum corpus" by Tudor composer William Byrd) and another adoring the cross ("O crux" by 20th-century Norwegian composer Knut Nystedt). These anthems are followed by the spiritual "Battle of Jericho" and the South African folk song "Babethandaza." Also in the liturgy, music by English composers Thomas Tallis and Ralph Vaughan Williams will be heard, ending with a brief but beautiful communion anthem by the Russian composer Chesnokov, "Spirit, thy goodness, lead me on a level path. Alleluia."
Listen to NAVE here: