Lord Make Us Servants ( A Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi)
Robert Roth has created a moving hymn-anthem for this beloved text from St. Francis of Assisi. The organ introduction hints at the musical material to follow and the first verse is in four parts a cappella. The second and third verses feature the men and women respectively while the fourth verse places the melody in the tenor voice. The climactic fifth verse features a descant for a few voices and the melody for the rest of the choir in unison. The harmonic setting is of interest as the second half of each verse is more chromatic in style. This anthem would be appropriate for general use as well as a choral prayer.