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Hear Us, O Never-Failing Light

An ancient Mozarabic Easter prayer, abounding with images of fire and light
Mozarabic Easter Eve prayer
Commissioned by Bethlehem Academy (Faribault, MN)

An evocative musical setting of the Easter Eve Prayer of the Mozarabic Christians, who flourished on the Iberian Peninsula in the 8th-11th century. Images of fire, light and illumination are woven throughout this song of devotion and awe.

This flexibly-voiced edition contains three completely different arrangements of this song! Depending on the specific voicing of your choir, you may sing this song in 2, 3 or 4 parts, for treble, bass or mixed chorus.

Hear Us, O Never-Failing Light is the the first movement of the larger work, Pure Light Beyond Light.

Item Instrumentation/Voicing Duration Level Audio Peruse Delivery Method (Print vs. Digital) Price Quantity
SEA-134-00 2-4 pt choir (Flexible voicing) - Choral Score
2' ME Sheet Music $3.00
SEA-134-00DEL 2-4 pt choir (Flexible voicing) - Choral Score
2' ME Licensed PDF $3.00

Hear Us, O Never-Failing Light

Mozarabic Easter Eve prayer
Translated by William Bright
Adapted and abridged by Elizabeth Alexander

Hear us, O never-failing Light,
May our souls be lamps of Thine,
Kindled and illumined by Thee.
May they shine and burn with truth,
And never go out in ashes.
May we be Thy dwelling,
Shining from Thee, shining in Thee.
May we shine and fail not;
May we ever worship Thee.
May we shine forth inwardly
And the light of perpetual faith abide in us.


Complete Work
Premiere: Bethlehem Academy Choir / Jonathan Kopplin (Faribault, MN)

Movement I. Hear Us O Never-Failing Light
Choir of First Baptist Church / Shawn Potter (Ottawa, ON)
Choir of Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley Hills / Suzanne Cartreine (Wellesley Hills, MA)
Harvard Choral Fellows / Carson Cooman (Cambridge, MA)
Lumina Women's Ensemble (St. Paul, MN)

Movement II. Luminous Awakening
Anjali Silva / Frances Lorenz (Takoma, WA)
Chamber Choir of Colonial Church of Edina / Timothy Takach (Edina, MN)

Movement III. Holy One, Source of Radiance and Reason
Arizona Unitarian Universalist Choral Festival / Elizabeth Alexander (Chandler, AZ)
Choir of Valley Unitarian Universalist Church / Kellie Walker (Chandler, AZ)
Harvard Choral Fellows / Carson Cooman (Cambridge, MA)

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