Elegant in its simplicity, this anthem provides opportunities for artistic performance with limited rehearsal time. The piece utilizes an accessible piano accompaniment and optional handbells, with places designated as optional a cappella. The final verse of the work recaps the original theme while the optional descant on the text “Peace be with you” soars.

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SATB, piano

2 Part, piano

Stay with us, oh stay with us.
Stay with us.
For it is nearly evening.
The day is almost over.

Were not our hearts burning
within us
while he talked
with us.

Peace be with you,
Peace be with you,
Peace be with you,
the day is almost over.

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Luke 24:28–29 states that Jesus stayed and had supper with the two disciples after the encounter on the road:

As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther. But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.[19]

The two disciples showed their openness and caring to the unknown stranger, who is Jesus, by inviting him to stay with them, to join in meal and companionship. Jan Lambrecht argues that such attitudes made Jesus able to change them deeply: “By the offer of hospitality the Emmaus companions were able to transcend their self-concern, sadness, foolishness and slowness of heart, thus preparing them for the revelatory experience around the table where they were nourished.”[20]