Faithful Cross

The Adoration of the Holy Cross

by Chris de Silva

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Vocal Forces: SAB, Cantor, Assembly

Accompaniment: Keyboard

Guitar: Yes

Separate Instruments: C Instrument, Cello, Guitar

Text Source: "Ecce lignum Crucis," tr. The Roman Missal, 2010; "Crux fidelis," hymn for Good Friday, tr. The Roman Missal, 2010

Series: Ritual Prayer

Difficulty Level: E

Description:

Many congregations hold Good Friday as a sacred day of gathering in prayer, focusing on the cross in anticipation of the Resurrection. Chris de Silva’s “Faithful Cross” is a setting of a lengthy, ancient hymn (“Crux fidelis”) that celebrates the cross with rich symbolism and poetry. Two refrains are included for the assembly, and a simple chant for The Showing of the Holy Cross (“Behold the wood of the Cross...”) is also provided. “Faithful Cross” does not have to be restricted to use only on Good Friday; it can be part of the Palm Sunday liturgy and for feast days such as the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (September 14).

Categories: Choral Vocal, Liturgical

Liturgical: Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Rites: Adoration of the Cross

Topical: Cross

Scored for: Mixed Ensemble, Strings, Woodwinds

Number of Pages: 12

Language: English

Format: Octavo

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