Concert opener for “Exile Lamentations” performed March 6, 2022
Wellshire Presbyterian Church, Denver, CO USA
Joel M. Rinsema, Managing Artistic Director
Emma Tebbe, mezzo-soprano


Lord, oh the Great and Almighty,
Protect our beloved Ukraine,
Bless her with freedom and light
Of your holy rays.

With learning and knowledge enlighten us,
your children small,
In love pure and everlasting
Let us, oh Lord, grow.

We pray, oh Lord Almighty,
Protect our beloved Ukraine,
Grant our people and country
all your kindness and grace.

Bless us with freedom,
bless us with wisdom,
Guide into kind world,
Bless us, oh Lord, with good fortune
for ever and evermore.


  1. Wow! What a way to build to a crescendo!! Stunning.

  2. Or at least the crescendo is a way to build to the climax of a work.