I cried to you, O God,:
and made my petition humbly to my Lord.
9 'What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the Pit:
can the dust give you thanks, or declare your faithfulness?
10 'Hear, O Lord, and be merciful:
O Lord, be my helper.
11 You have turned my lamentation into dancing:
you have put off my sackcloth and girded me with joy,
12 That my heart may sing of your praise and never be silent:
O Lord my God, I will give you thanks for ever.
We give thanks for the life and work of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Let us celebrate and praise all those musicians and composers who give their hands and hearts and voices to the expression of life's mystery and joy.
Who nourish our heart in its yearning.
Who dignify our soul in its struggling.
Who harmonise our grief and gladness.
Who make melody from the fragments of chaos.
Who align our spirit with creation.
Who reveal to us the grace of God.
Who calm us and delight us and set us free to love and forgive.
Let us give thanks and rejoice.
Michael Leunig: The Prayer Tree. 1991