from Tannhäuser, O du mein holder Abenstern
lyrics, William K. Brehm
text adaptation, Loretta Giles
“O song of joy, O Psalm of praise, sing to the Lord a grateful phrase”. (Psalms 95 & 96)
The Psalmist, in two of his most powerful and positive passages, proclaims that “He is our God, and we His People”. He declares that the news of the Lord is great, and admonishes us to sing to the Lord in gratitude. “Let us revere His name. Let us declare His Reign”.
The alternate lyric is a joyful wedding song that could be sung on the part of the bride or the groom. It is a statement of spiritual commitment “In the presence of the Living Lord” and of personal commitment: “I promise my heart, my whole being, and all that I may become”.