Prepare Ye the Way (from A Time for Alleluia). By Joseph M. Martin. For Choral (SATB). Harold Flammer. 12 pages. Published by Shawnee Press (HL.35027754).
Uses: Advent, Lent, Palm Sunday
Scripture: Isaiah 43:16-21; Luke 3:1-6; Isaiah 40:1
The words of Isaiah the prophet jump from the pages of this anthem as a celebration of God's promise to send a Redeemer. This is a good choice for the season of Advent or Lent as it asks the believer to “prepare the way” for the arrival of Christ and the lectionary offers opportunities for these words of preparation to be incorporated into worship. The memorable harmonic progression on the words “Comfort Ye my People” is a rich and expressive moment for the choir and gentle quiescent codetta is a restrained touch that adds an elegant finale to this scripture based anthem of encouragement. Multiple usages!