Richard Nance: Batter My Heart, Three Personed God
Pacific Lutheran University Choir of the West; Richard Nance, Conductor

Batter my heart, three-person’d God, for you
As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend;
That I may rise and stand, o’erthrow me, and bend
Your force to break, blow, burn, and make me new.
I, like an usurp’d town to another due,
Labor to admit you, but oh, to no end;
Reason, your viceroy in me, me should defend,
But is captiv’d, and proves weak or untrue.
Yet dearly I love you, and would be lov’d fain,
But am betroth’d unto your enemy;
Divorce me, untie or break that knot again,
Take me to you, imprison me, for I,
Except you enthrall me, never shall be free,
Nor ever chaste, except you ravish me.

Beautiful Savior, arr. F. Melius Christiansen
Pacific Lutheran University Choir of the West; Richard Nance, Conductor

William Byrd: Sing Joyfully
Mirandola Ensemble

J.Stainer : God So Loved The world
Gracias Choir; Eunsook Park, Director

Precious Lord, arr. Jeremy Winston
Simone Paulwell, Soloist; Jeremy Winston, Director

György Orbán: Missa Quinta, Kyrie
Batavia Madrigal Singers

Yaichkov: Alliluia
Russian Orthodox Male Choir of Australia; Alex Dmitrieff, Soloist; Nektary Kotlaroff, Conductor

Mitt hjerte alltid vanker; arr. Blake Morgan
VOCES8

My heart always wanders
To the birthplace of our Lord.
All my thoughts are gathered there
In their purest sum.
There, my longing finds its home
There is the treasure of my faith.
I can never forget you,
O blessed Christmas night!

O come, Lord!
I will open my heart and my mind
And full of longing sigh:
“Comest thou in, Jesus!”
That home can be no strangerTo you, who made it free.
So surely you will stay here,
Faithfully swathed in my heart.

I would willingly spread branches
Of palms around your manger.
For you — for you alone
I will gladly live and die.
Come, let my soul find
That state of joy again:
You are born in here
In the deep within my heart.

Maulbronner Kammerchoir; Benjamin Hartmann, Director

There are a number of versions of this. We’ll start here:

Voces Suaves
Christina Boner, Soprano; Jan Thomer, Alto; Raphael Höhn, Tenor; Tobias Wicky, Bass; Orí Hermelin, Lute