Augsburg Fortress

Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive

Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive

This original tune reveals new dimensions within a text that invites deep reflection on this petition of the Lord's Prayer. The setting may be easily mastered by 2-part mixed choir, with only a few measures of divisi for the women at its climax.
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  • Publisher Augsburg Fortress
  • Format Sheet Music
  • ISBN 9781506408644
  • Brand Augsburg Choral Library
  • Dimensions 7 x 10.25
  • Pages 8
  • Season/Occasion Lent & Holy Week
  • Difficulty Easy-Medium
  • Voicing Piano; SAB/3-part mixed
  • Publication Date October 16, 2015


Composer Commentary

I have often been moved by Rosamond Herklots's text inspired by this petition from the Lord's Prayer. At the same time I wondered whether a tune more "forgiving" than the stern shape-note melody DETROIT might draw out more nuanced qualities within her stanzas. The rising and falling shape of this new melody suggests hands raised in yearning to God and then gradually folded back to the body. The setting as a whole moves toward an expressive climax in stanza 3, with the final stanza uttered as a fervent prayer for reconciliation and peace.