John F. Hudson: Newtown Psalm
Rivertree Singers; Warren Cook, Conductor; Jean Cook, Piano; Nikki; Fox Eoute, Soloist
The composer offers us four texts as response to the senseless slaying of six teachers and twenty young children in Newtown. A cry for peace in the midst of utter disbelief and pain turns to anger at the destruction of the innocents. We then view the scene through the eyes of a helpless child, and finally find reassurance and hope in the words of Psalm 121.
Da pacem, Domine, in diebus nostris Quia non est alius, Qui pugnet pro nobis Nisi tu Deus noster.
[Give peace, O Lord, in our time Because there is no one else Who will fight for us
If not You, our God.]
angustia superveniente requirent pacem et non eri
[Destruction cometh; and they shall seek peace, and there shall be none.]
expectavimus pacem et non erat bonum tempus
[We looked for peace, but no good came.]
Propter frates meos et proximos Meos loquebar pacem de te
[The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.]