Monday, 27 August 2012

Sing-up Rabbi

This is a video still of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Thanksgiving service at St. Paul's Cathedral in the City of London on June 5, 2012. The gentlemen pictured are the leaders of the other faiths (i.e. not Church of England) invited to the service.
At this moment, the congregation was singing the hymn below. Members of all the different faiths seemed to be joining-in in the singing, apart from the man on the right, the Chief Rabbi of the Britain, Jonathan Sacks, who appears to be looking at the words of this Christian hymn with utter contempt. Viewable at 34:00 on this video.

All people that on earth do dwell,
Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice;
Him serve with fear, his praise forth tell,
Come ye before him, and rejoice.

The Lord, ye know, is God indeed,
Without our aid he did us make;
We are his folk, he doth us feed,
And for his sheep he doth us take.

O enter then his gates with praise,
Approach with joy his courts unto;
Praise, laud, and bless his name always,
For it is seemly so to do.

For why? the Lord our God is good:
His mercy is for ever sure;
His truth at all times firmly stood,
And shall from age to age endure.

To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
The God whom heaven and earth adore,
From men and from the Angel-host
Be praise and glory evermore. Amen.

Words: William Kethe (d.1594)
Tune: Old Hundredth
Genevan Psalter (1551)
arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

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