Choir General Confession

Contributed by Ena Stilley, who was sent it by her Choirmistress niece, who was given it by a member of her choir, who...

Almighty and most merciful Choirmaster,
We have erred and strayed from thy beat like lost sheep,
We have followed too much the intonations and tempi of our own hearts,
We have offended against thy dynamic markings,
We have left unsung those notes which we ought to have sung,
And we have sung those notes which we ought not to have sung,
And there is no help in us.
But thou, O resplendent Choirmaster,
Have mercy upon us, miserable singers.
Spare thou them, O Sir, which confess their flats,
Restore thou them that are prominent,
According to thy instructions imparted to us at Choir practice.
And grant, O most-merciful Choirmaster, for the congregation’s sake,
That we may hereafter make a goodly, rhythmic and satisfying sound,
To the glory of God’s holy name.
St Peter's Church, Nottingham
Last revised 27th February 1999