Patrick Gowers, Viri Galilaei

John Singleton Copley, Ascension, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 1775

Patrick Gowers, Viri Galilaei, was commissioned for the ordination of Richard Harries as Bishop of Oxford in St. Paul's Cathedral in 1987.

Alleluya. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven, as he went up: behold, two men stood by them in white apparel: which said unto them.
Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven?
In like manner as ye have seen him going up into heaven, so shall he come again.
God is gone up with a merry noise; and the Lord with the sound of the trumpet.
Christ to highest heaven ascending, led captivity captive.
Sing ye to the Lord, who ascended to the heaven of heavens, to the sunrising.
See the Conqueror mounts in triumph,
See the King in royal state Riding on the clouds his chariot
To his heavenly palace gate;
Hark! the choirs of angel voices
Joyful Alleluyas sing,
And the portals high are lifted
To receive their heavenly King.

Patrick Gowers

Performance of the Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral; Andrew Lucas, organ; John Scott, conducting [YouTube]

Click to download Viri Galilaei, performed by the Choir of St. George's Chapel , Windsor Castle, on the eve of the Ascension 2005.

Performance of the St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral Choir, Edinburgh; Matthew Owens conducting. [BNQ; BM] (info)

Performance of The Trinity Church Choir (Boston), Brian Jones conducting. [BNQ; BM] (info)