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New hymn ‘Tears and Celebration’ released in tribute to Elizabeth II 


Charities LICC and Bible Society are releasing a poignant hymn of remembrance, assurance, and thanksgiving, featuring world-renowned mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins, written by Andy Flannagan with Sam Hargreaves

 
Queen song cover FINAL‘Tears and Celebration’ is a new hymn for the UK and Commonwealth. It is a song of remembrance, assurance, and repentance, giving voice to the hearts and minds of people all over the world. An abridged version was broadcast on BBC1’s Songs of Praise on Sunday 11 September. 
 
The words were written by Andy, member of Park Church in Luton, a missional community sent by Stopsley Baptist Church, aided by Sam Hargreaves, to the well-known tune of ‘Dim Ond Iesu’, best known as the melody to ‘Here is Love Vast as the Ocean’. They offer words to help people give thanks for the Queen’s example and faith: ‘As he takes her to his promise of an audience with the King, we remember all she gave us, wreaths of gratitude we bring.’
 
They also speak of the Queen’s powerful example of discipleship: ‘humble, kind and fair, swift to pray and slow to anger, choosing faith and not despair.’ 
 
And they pray each of us will be able to make a difference through Christ in the same way: ‘May we know that same anointing, move in royal authority, then speak liberty and healing to a world in need of peace.’
 
These lyrics quickly captured many hearts and minds, and on 9 September, Katherine was asked to record the song and music video with pianist and producer Mark Edwards providing the arrangement and film-maker Andy Hutchison directing the video. 
 
‘For any of us, the death of a loved one often ushers in a time of questioning and instability,’ said Andy. ‘I felt this would be the same for our nation following the Queen’s passing, so wanted to write something to help folks process and pray.

'As I sat at my piano, the beautiful old tune of the Welsh revival merged with new words for this moment that just seemed to flood out – words that invite us to participate, not just commentate. I hope they’re useful.’
 
The Queen was the patron of Bible Society. LICC collaborated with Bible Society and HOPE Together on the release of The Servant Queen, a book by Mark Greene and Catherine Butcher celebrating Elizabeth II’s example of faithful discipleship, which featured a foreword by the Queen herself. LICC also recently released The Queen’s Way by Mark Greene, exploring what the Queen herself had to say about her faith.
 

The song will be available on all streaming services, and a music video recorded at beautiful Wiston House Chapel in Sussex is now on YouTube.

Music and lyrics for ‘Tears and Celebration’ can be found at www.licc.org.uk/tearsandcelebration or biblesociety.org.uk/tearsandcelebration



 

 

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