In Unity and Love
composer: Nancy Galbraith (1997)
author: Philip Melanchthon (1553)
genre: Sacred: SATB choir & organ
length: 1 movement, 5:00 minutes
publisher: Subito Music Publishing (ASCAP)
60 Depot Street, Verona, NJ 07044
mail@subitomusic.com • 973-857-3440
audio:
world premiere: 27 October 1997
Lutheran Theological Seminary Choir
Stephen Folkemer, conductor
Nancy Galbraith, organ
Lutheran Theological Seminary
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
program notes: The text of "In Unity and Love" was adapted by the composer from a prayer by 16th-century German theologian Philip Melanchthon. The work was commissioned by the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, and is dedicated to the glory of God, and in memory of Mrs. Mary Heiges.

text:

"O Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, crucified for us and resurrected, who prayed on earth for us and prays even now to the eternal Father, saying, 'Father, sanctify them in thy truth; cause them all to be one, as thou and I art one in love.' O Christ, we beseech thee to assist us always with this prayer. Gather together and forever keep us in thy church. According to thy loving-kindness shield us. Amen."

[Philip Melanchthon, 1553]