Click here to hear Clare Shore’s Tropical Blessing (a Blessing for St. Francis’ Day) for SAB Chorus and Handbells:
The words are by the composer: Praise God, the Father, our Creator!/Bless all of us, He is our maker!/Bless paw and hoof, burrow and roost;/Bless equine, bovine, canine, feline, Osprey, egret, woodpecker, Little Blue;/Bless Spot and Puff and Grandma, too. //Praise God, the Father, our Creator!/Bless all things, even alligator!
Handbells Used: 7
In lieu of a bell choir, the octave “B” handbells may be played by the accompanist, the “F#” by the conductor.
The additional bells on the final chord may be played by the choristers.
— USE: St. Francis’ Day services, concerts (as Introit, etc.)
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: easy – for church, high school,
college, community, professional choruses