Composer: Richard Dirksen (1974)
Published in 25 hymnals

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Composer: Richard Dirksen

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Tune Information

Composer: Richard Dirksen (1974)
Incipit: 13454 33423 456
Key: c minor
Copyright: Copyright © 1974, Harold Flammer, Inc., Delaware Water Gap, PA 18327. All Rights Reserved. Used with Permission.


Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart

Rejoice, O pure in heart,
rejoice, give thanks, and sing;
your festal banner wave on high,
the cross of Christ your King.

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Lift Up Your Heads, O Gates

O Hear Our Cry, O Lord


Richard Dirksen (PHH 148) composed VINEYARD HAVEN in 1974 for the text "Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart" as a processional choral anthem for the installation of Presiding Bishop John Maury Allin at the Washington (D.C.) Cathedral, also known as the National Cathedral. The anthem includes various harmonizations for different stanzas and is scored for choir and organ with optional brass and timpani accompaniment. VINEYARD HAVEN was first published as a hymn tune in Ecumenical Praise (1977). Dirksen wrote that the quality of rejoicing was intended to foreshadow the raising of "such 'Hosannas' forever in [God's] presence and with the company of heaven in the life eternal." The tune is named after the town on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, where the Very Reverend Francis B. Sayre, Jr., who was then Dean of Washington Cathedral, had his permanent home.

Erik Routley (PHH 31) once stated that it is "safe to call [VINEYARD HAVEN] one of the greatest twentieth-century hymn tunes." After related phrases rise sequentially in pitch, the tune reaches its peak in the "hosanna" refrain and at that point exhibits the melodic and harmonic surprises which, though initially difficult for a congregation, endear this tune to many Christians today. VINEYARD HAVEN requires full, bright organ registration. Sing this majestic tune in unison. To capture the question-and-answer character of the psalm text, the choir or part of the congregation may sing the question in the first line of stanzas 2 and 4, and everyone can sing the responses.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988


Instances (1 - 23 of 23)

Evangelical Lutheran Worship #874

Text InfoAudio

Glory to God #355


Hymnal 1982 #392


Hymnal 1982 #557


Hymnal Supplement 1991 #752

Hymnal Supplement 98 #804

Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #164a

Hymns of the Saints #301

Psalms for All Seasons #24B

Psalms for All Seasons #61C

Psalms for All Seasons #80B

Text InfoTune InfoAudio

Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #163


Rejoice in the Lord #575

RitualSong #613

The Covenant Hymnal #497

The New Century Hymnal #71


The Presbyterian Hymnal #146

The Presbyterian Hymnal #206


The United Methodist Hymnal #161

Together in Song #528

With One Voice #631

Worship (3rd ed.) #481


Worship (3rd ed.) #552

Include 2 pre-1979 instances
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