Bless, O Lord, us Thy servants who minister in Thy temple.
Grant that what we sing with our lips we may believe in our hearts,
and what we believe in our hearts we may show forth in our lives.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Motto of the Royal School of Church Music:
Psallam spiritu et mente
I will sing praises with inspiration and intelligence
( I Corinthians xiv 15)
Vaughan Williams' comments about standards in church music
Rowan Williams' article 'Angel Voices'
The Choristers' Prayer is attributed variously to
Sir Sydney Nicholson,
the RSCM's founder,
Archbishop of Canterbury