Music of The Pater Noster: The Lord’s Prayer – Bernard Rose (1916 – 1996)

The late Bernard Rose’s life and careers reflect the turbulent century in which he lived. His career as an organist was interupted by his time serving as a soldier during World War II he resumed his musical career after the war first at Queen’s College Oxford and then Magdalen. As a scholar and tutor he was known for his expertise and emphasis on harmony and counterpoint, and his dedication to training choirs. His Preces and Responses, for use in Anglican evensong services are still very popular and often sung while his setting of the The Lord’s Prayer which you can hear below sung by The Choir of The Abbey School Tewkesbury, is a modern Anglican version of a compline setting in which the prayer initiates a series of versicles and responses. Enjoy :-).


Text: The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, which art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done,

in earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive them that trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.


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