This setting of the liturgy for the Anglican service of worship was requested by Stuart Weightman for Auckland Boys Choir. The requirement was for a relatively straight-forward setting, in one or two vocal parts, with an optional instrumental part in some movements. Liturgical music presents certain challenges – the principal one being that the texts have to be immediately intelligible. The composer is also afforded little opportunity for repetition of text, or development of musical ideas.
This set of music provides nine opportunities for involvement in the service of worship, and some of the movements could be used as independent anthems or concert items. The texts are taken from the New Zealand Prayer Book.