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Through the Desert

A Hymn for Lent

for SATB Choir, Assembly, optional Cantor, and Piano (2020)

  • premiering February 26, 2020,

        Ash Wednesday

    

The Church of St. Peter

    

Saratoga Springs, NY​

  • To be used throughout the season of Lent 2020

    

About Through the Desert:

    

Through the Desert (2020) was composed as a Lenten hymn, drawing upon the "desert" image often associated with the 40-day fast of Lent, based upon Jesus' own 40-day fast in the desert at the beginning of his public ministry.  During this fast, Jesus is tempted three times by the Devil, each time being an example of overarching human temptations, namely, hunger, pride, and desire for power.  Each temptation is resisted by Jesus.  The verses of this hymn attempt to draw upon Jesus' resistance to these temptations as models for how we can come before God during the Lenten season, wherein we seek to empty ourselves to be more open to God and God's love.  

 

Have a look at the sample score above to get a sense of how this is bought out in this relatively simple hymn.

Performance History

Performed during the season of Lent 2020

The Church of St. Peter, Saratoga Springs, NY

Philip Spaeth, Music Director

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