With his Lutheran background, Ronald Odgers may have come across the text that inspired the composer Michael Praetorius to pull out the stops - four choirs, strings, wind and brass. It begins:
Erhalt uns Herr bei deinem Wort
und steur des Babsts und Tirken Mord
(Uphold us, Lord, in your word
and send murder to the Pope and the Turks).
ANDREW VAN DER BEEK