Springs of Water, Bless the Lord

Years ago I wanted the sheet music to a song by Marty Haugen called “The Hand of God Shall Hold You”. I found it in a folio called “All Are Welcome” and started using that song as well.

I haven’t looked at the other songs in the collection much, but I have heard them because I bought the cassette – it was a long time ago – and I’m going to make backings for them to sing along and learn the songs.

Haugen has written a song of praise that is particularly apposite for a Sprinkling Rite.

This song is mostly for a cantor with the assembly repeating phrases. It isn’t so hard that the assembly couldn’t do all of it but it does make the repetitions sound odd. It is worth noting that Haugen has a least two other settings of this text.

The sheet music can be purchased at GIA, where the text is in their sample.

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Music for the Twenty-Fifth week in Ordinary Time 23rd/24th September 2017

Entrance: Come to the Water (Andersen) AOV 1/74

Psalm 144 (McKenna)

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The Lord is near to all who call him.

Gifts: Open My Eyes  (Manibusan) AOV 1/166

Communion: Seed Scattered and Sown (Feiten) GA 195

One Bread One Body (Foley) AOV 1/129

Thanksgiving: You Are Near (Schutte) AOV 1/112

(Nb revised text)

Recessional: Bring Forth the Kingdom (Haugen) AOV 2/4

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O Salutaris by Chris deSilva

This is a text by Thomas Aquinas that deSilva has set to a tune he learned in India at school.

His sheet music is here. Hymnary have more background and other settings.

BIAB made up the chords and I made a backing:

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O Salutaris

St. Thomas Aquinas (1227 – 1274)

O salutaris hostia,
quae caeli pandis ostium,
bella premunt hostilia,
da robur, fer auxilium.

Uni trinoque Domino
sit sempiterna gloria,
qui vitam sine termino
nobis donet in patria.

Amen.

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O Saving Victim

John Mason Neale (1818 – 1866)

O saving victim, op’ning wide
the gate of heav’n to man below;
our foes press on from ev’ry side;
thine aid supply, thy strength bestow.

To thy great name be endless praise,
immortal Godhead, One in Three;
O grant us endless length of days
in our true native land with thee.

Amen.

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Hail, Holy Queen by Chris deSilva

This is Chris deSilva’s tasteful adaption of “Salve Regina”.

The sheet music is here.

My backing is BIAB strings noodling under the melody.

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Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy.
Hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope.

To you we cry, when threatened on life’s journey;
to you we pray, when burdened by our fears.

Attend to us, with all your love and mercy,
and lead us to eternal life wth Christ your Son.

O gracious, O loving, O holy Virgin Mary!

 

Copyright © 2012 Christopher J. S. deSilva. All rights reserved.

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Answering the Call by Chris deSilva

Chris deSilva has been very involved with the RCIA in Perth and this song certainly relates to that ministry.  It also would be a good recessional (esp vs 2&4) with its focus on discipleship.

The sheet music is here at his website.

You could learn it by singing along to my backing.

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Refrain
We are answering the call of Jesus,
Seeking to follow his way.
Daring to be loving and faithful
In everything we do and say.

Verse 1
There is a road that we must travel,
The Gospel guiding us at every turn.
Jesus will lead us on our journey;
The way ahead he helps us to discern.

Verse 2
In Jesus’ footsteps we will follow,
For he must be our leader and our guide.
His simple life of loving service
Inspires us to put an end to pride.

Verse 3
Our selfish habits must be ended,
So we can turn our lives away from sin.
Our daily acts of love and kindness
Are outward signs of changes deep within.

Verse 4
Called to be members of Christ’s Body,
With truth and justice our priority;
We spend our time in prayer and witness
Supported by our parish family.

Final Refrain
We are answering the call of Jesus,
Seeking to follow his way.
Daring to be loving and faithful
In everything we do and say;
We are growing to be more like him each day.

 

Copyright © 2012 Christopher J. S. deSilva. All rights reserved.

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Christ Ascended to his Father by Chris deSilva

I’m working through the songs that Chris deSilva has put up on his website.

This is a song for Ascension. It has a couple of clunky rhymes: band/land; meet/paraclete but it works well enough and the tune is, as usual for deSilva, eminently singable.

The sheet music is available at his website here. There were no chords so I got BIAB to guess them for me.

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Verse 1
Christ ascended to his Father,
saying to his chosen band,
“Go and preach, convert and baptize,
make me known in every land.”

Verse 2
Guided by the Holy Spirit,
from that time the Church has grown.
Preachers, martyrs, missionaries
worked to make Christ Jesus known.

Verse 3
Now it is our turn to witness,
bringing Christ to those we meet;
giving glory to the Father,
with the Son and Paraclete.

Copyright © 2013 Christopher J. S. deSilva. All rights reserved.

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Make a Highway by Chris deSilva

I’m having a good time blogging the works of Chris deSilva from Perth.  His songs are liturgically useful and able to be sung, which is a good combination.

The verses of “Make a Highway” match the weeks in Advent so you can sing the song throughout Advent as an entrance hymn, for example, and pick the appropriate verse for each week.

He has put the sheet music and a voice+piano guide MP3 at his site here.

You can sing along with my backing to learn the song:

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Refrain
Make a highway for our Saviour:
Straighten the crooked, make it wide.
Flatten mountains, fill in valleys,
Sweep all obstacles aside.

Verse 1
Stay awake, the Lord is coming
At a time we do not know.
Be alert, prepared to meet him,
For his coming will not be slow.

Verse 2
Mary listened to the angel,
Then she said, “God’s will be done.”
Joseph, guided in his dreaming,
Made a home for God’s only Son.

Verse 3
Mary visited her cousin,
In whose womb the child she bore
Leapt for joy at Mary’s greeting.
She praised God who lifts up the poor.

Verse 4
John the Baptist, at the Jordan,
Called on sinners to repent;
Warned them of the Kingdom’s coming,
Baptized those who were penitent.

Verse 5
Now we look towards the future
When our Lord will come again.
Tears and sorrow will be ended,
Love will conquer sin, death and pain.

 

Copyright © 2012 Christopher J. S. deSilva. All rights reserved.

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We Are One by Chris deSilva

This is another communion song by Chris deSilva from Perth that is really very good indeed.  The text fits the singable tune in a range that won’t upset the assembly.

It is in E but I would be lazy and play it capo 2 in D.

The sheet music and a vocal+piano track are available at his site here.

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Refrain
We are one in the Body and the Blood of Christ:
one in faith, we have one Lord!
We are one in the Spirit who fills us with life;
we are the people of God.

Verse 1
The bread we break is the bread of life,
turning us from selfishness and greed.
We are to share our bread with the hungry,
commit our lives to those in need.

Verse 2
The wine we bless is a holy sign
of the life poured out to set us free.
we have been taught to serve one another,
and live in faith and charity.

Verse 3
We thank our God for these precious gifts:
bread of justice and the wine of peace.
Our hearts are changed, we bring forth God’s Kingdom,
the life we share will never cease.

Copyright © 2000 Christopher J. S. deSilva. All rights reserved.

 

Unfortunately for both songwriters called Chris deSilva they have both written a song called “We Are One”. The one by the other Chris deSilva I have blogged here. I bet it causes havoc for One Licence to know who to pay.

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Music for the Twenty-Fourth week of Ordinary Time Year A 16th/17th September 2017

Entrance: All the Ends of the Earth (Dufford) AOV 1/76

Psalm 102 (McKenna)

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The Lord is kind and merciful;

slow to anger and rich in compassion.

Gifts: Be Merciful (Haugen)

Communion: Bread of Heaven (Manibusan-Hart)

Come to the Table (Burland) AOV NG 33

Thanksgiving: As Gentle As Silence (White) GA 470

Recessional: Sing of the Lord’s Goodness (Sands) AOV 1/131

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Let the Clouds by Chris deSilva

Chris deSilva has written a processional song for Advent. He suggests it could also be used for communion in that season as well and that sounds fair.  There are variations in the verses but not so much that a cantor is essential.  The range is fine and it has his usual approachable sing-ability.

The sheet music and piano+guide vocal track are available at his site here.

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Refrain
Let the clouds rain down justice,
as the earth awaits the Saviour.
Maranatha, maranatha,
come, Lord Jesus, come!

Verse 1
O Holy Wisdom, mirror of God’s power:
come and teach us, make all things new.

Verse 2
O mighty Adonai, leader and lawgiver:
come, redeem us, stretch out your arm.

Verse 3
O Rod of Jesse, emblem of God’s people:
come, deliver us, do not delay.

Verse 4
O Key of David, Sceptre of Israel:
come and free us, open the way.

Verse 5
O glorious Dayspring, light and sun of justice:
come, enlighten us, turn night to day.

Verse 6
O King of Gentiles, every heart’s desire:
come and rule us, grant us your peace.

Verse 7
O come Emmanuel, saviour of the nations:
come, be with us, O Lord our God.

Copyright © 2012 Christopher J. S. deSilva. All rights reserved.

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