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Sanctuary (1991)

Updated: Oct 22, 2023

Sanctuary is the ninth studio album by Christian music singer -songwriter Twila Paris, released in late 1991 on Star Song Records. It is Paris' first full-length praise and worship album and is produced and arranged by Richard Souther. Paris wrote and recorded ten new songs along with instrumental versions of her praise and worship classics "We Bow Down," "We Will Glorify" and "Lamb of God;" she also recorded "He Is Exalted" in Portuguese called "Ele É Exaltado."

Paris won her first Dove Award for Praise and Worship Album of the Year with Sanctuary at the 23rd GMA Dove Awards. Sanctuary is ranked at number 79 from CCM Magazine's 2001 book The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music. The album peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart.

In 1993, Paris co-authored a companion book about worship with Wheaton College professor Robert E. Webber to go with the album called In This Sanctuary: An Invitation to Worship the Savior, that was published by Star Song Publishing Group.

Track listing

All songs written by Twila Paris.

1. Sanctuary (instrumental) -2:57

2. Let Them Praise -3:48

3. The Joy of The Lord -3:43

4. I Am Ready -2:29

5. We Shall Assemble/In This Sanctuary -4:16

6. We Bow Down (instrumental) -3:55

7. Arise, My Soul, Arise -4:24

8. Hosanna -2:28

9. Come, Worship the Lord -3:35

10. Lamb of God (instrumental) -2:39

11. Every Knee Shall Bow -4:26

12. Ele É Exaltado (He Is Exalted) -2:58

13. We Will Glorify (instrumental) -1:13

14. Keeper of the Door -4:44


Dove Award -Praise and Worship Album of the Year (Sanctuary)

Radio singles

1991 -1992 "The Joy of The Lord" -#1 Christian AC

1992 "Arise, My Soul, Arise" -#32 Christian AC

1992 "Come, Worship the Lord" -#28 Christian AC

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