A Drop in the Ocean
- David Brensinger
- Oct 09, 2012
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This summer I had the wonderful opportunity to hear the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, England in concert at our own Cathedral of St. Philip. It was a splendid event; the Cathedral was filled beyond capacity for the first time in recent memory, reflecting the great reputation of the Trinity Choir and their superior level of choral music performance.
Their repertoire ranged from music from sixteenth-century England to music of German masters J.S. Bach and Felix Mendelssohn on through to musicians born in the twentieth-century. The youngest composer was Eriks Ešenvalds, born in Latvia in 1977. To me, his composition “A drop in the ocean” was the most beautiful and poignant of the entire program. It utilized a combination of four texts: the Lord’s Prayer, the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi (“Lord, make me an instrument”), verses six through eight of Psalm 55, and words of Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
While a written column can’t begin to express the beauty of the combination of the words and music, I can at least share the text of the final portion of Ešenvalds’ piece: the words of Mother Teresa.
Jesus, you are my God, my Spouse,
My life, my Love, my all in all.
My work is nothing but a drop in the ocean,
But if I did not put that drop,
The ocean would be one drop the less.