This march was written for the North York Temple Band, Toronto, for their tour of the UK in 2012. Inspired by St Paul’s words to the Ephesians to ‘put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground’ (Ephesians 6:13 NIV), the music features three songs of warfare. The first song (S.A.S.B. 989) forms the introduction to the piece and is presented by Percussion and two muted Cornets. The image here is of a distant army approaching with banners aloft. The volume of the music increases as the army approaches:
We’ll shout aloud throughout the land
The praises of our God,
We’ll fight beneath our flag unfurled,
Kept by his precious blood.