An Irish Blessing
May God hold you in the palm of His hand is the reassuring refrain of this lovely text. Bonnie Duckworth has given us a folk-like setting that captures the simple message of the words. The theme has an effective arch that gives the piece its character and the voices are treated simply: in unison, in duet and in expansive harmony. The vocal ranges are kept moderate to retain the folk-like character. While An Irish Blessing could be used as an anthem, it would also be appropriate at the end of the worship service.
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