Wedding Anthem

Love and Creation

written for the wedding of Ben and Rachel Attenborough

on 28th December 2019

Ben and Rachel's was a church wedding, but they wanted their special anthem to include mention of their favourite places on the West Coast of Scotland. 

As a result, then, the text is written in praise of God’s creation, as exemplified by the places Ben and Rachel love, given shape by a reference to the account of the Temptation of Christ in Matthew 4: Taking him to a very high mountain, the devil showed him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them. “I will give you all of these,” he said, “if you fall at my feet and worship me.” Then Jesus replied, “Be off, Satan! For scripture says: You must worship the Lord your God, and serve him alone.”

The anthem expands that encounter as a parable told in the first person, somewhat in the manner of a traditional Spiritual.  The narrator, who might be Rachel or Ben, or both, passes two tests (or temptations) and then meets an angel who receives their commitment to valuing and protecting God’s creation. 

The chorus section all shall be well is drawn from the visionary writing of Julian of Norwich, the female holy hermit (anchoress) who lived 1342-c.1416.

The text is shown in the box to the left.

Click here to hear the wedding anthem, Love and Creation