Show us, O Lord, Your Steadfast Love
Peter Pindar Stearns
Peter Pindar Stearns has shown a gift for melody in his numerous sacred works. In this latest anthem, Stearns sets the text in such a way that the melody “comforts” and envelops the listener in God’s “steadfast love.” The men have the melody at the opening, while the women have a brief solo moments later in the piece. The vocal writing compels the choir to sing with nuance and sensitivity and the organ part is beautifully written as well. While this anthem could be sung in any season, its color and mood are especially appropriate for the season of Advent.