Ford's 'Tu Lumen' sparkles. This accessible, though well crafted, gem truly captures the radiance of light and all that it symbolizes. Choirs of all abilities and ages will enjoy singing the luscious and lyrical phrases of 'Tu Lumen'.
— Arreon Harley, Director of Music and Operations at the Cathedral Choir School of Delaware
“Tu Lumen” was written for Grace Lutheran Church in Hockessin, Delaware and premiered as a short, contemplative prelude for the Service of Light on March 30th, 2014. The text is an excerpt from the 6th century hymn Christe Redemptor Omnium. Although the hymn is typically used during the advent season, this portion of the text has a much broader theme and can be used throughout the liturgical season as a simple prayer. Overall, the piece is soft and contemplative and sits relatively low in each voice part to emphasize the tone of a humble prayer lifted up to heaven.
Tu lumen, tu splendor Patris, Tu spes perennis omnium: Intende quas fundunt preces Tui per orbem famuli.
You are the light, the splendor of the Father, You are the enduring hope of all. Heed the prayers that Your servants throughout the world pour out.