Create in Me GAB 646

More Easter goodness from Ryan’s parish with Bob Hurd’s gentle setting of Psalm 51. I think the verse would survive being sung by an assembly if you wanted to use it outside the Psalm slot.

You can buy the sheet music at OCP where the text is in their sample.

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O Sacred Heart Surrounded

Ryan’s parish also did this one, which while new to me is centuries old.

The lyrics are here by Henry William Baker and based on a text from Bernard of Clairvaux and Paul Gerhardt.

The tune is the Passion Chorale from Bach’s St Matthew Passion, which he got from Hans Leo Hassler. As soon as I made a backing of this I thought it was Paul Simon’s “American Tune.” It is suggested that Simon got it from a folk song called “Because All Men Are Brothers.” A lot of borrowing is going on so I hope Hans is fine with that.

Hymnary have the sheet music although I got it from TIS 339 where it sets a different translation of Gerhardt and Bernard’s work by James Waddell Alexander called “O Sacred Head Sore Wounded”.

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We Should Glory In the Cross

In keeping with this blog’s habit of never quite finishing things (except the As One Voice series – although I never did get to As One Voice for Kids!) with pretty much only a handful Marian hymns to go, I will divert from Gather Australia and follow up some of the songs in the Easter liturgies posted here that I don’t know.

There were several at Ryan’s parish that were new to me, but some of the Psalm settings are a bit hard to track down and I don’t have the books that they come from.

But this one they used is quite the production from Tony Alonso.  The refrain has an echoing descant and the verse is call and response between the cantor and the assembly – not the worst idea if this song is mainly used at Easter, as the assembly part is just “Glory in the Cross”.

The sheet music can be purchased for download very cheaply at WLP where the text is in their sample. It’s really lovely but I find it hard to get past Dan Schutte’s similarly themed “Glory in the Cross”.

I have the call and response in the backing but I’ll leave the descant for you to figure out.

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The somewhat lifeless original:

Less polished but more alive:

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Stay With Us Now (Gather Australia 543)

This is yet another lovely piece from John Bell and Wild Goose that was included in Gather Australia.

Wild Goose has this information about the song including the note that the first line is “Jesus Christ, Lord of all, stay with us now.”

That is all the refrain for the assembly consists of, and the cantor has ten one line exhortations that are sung over the “now”.

The sheet music is also in the collection Love From Below available at Wild Goose.

My backing is just the assembly part and I had to make up the chords.

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Music for the Second Sunday of Easter Year A 22nd/23rd April 2017

Entrance: Alleluia! Love Is Alive (Angrisano, Manibusan, Hart)

Pslam 117 (McKenna)

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Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting.

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia No.1 (Fishel) AOV 1/15

Gifts: I Have Seen the Lord (Hurd) AOV 1/98

Communion: O Sacred Flame (Marshall)

Come to the Table (Burland) AOV NG 33

Thanksgiving: Without Seeing You (Haas) AOV 2/158

Recessional: Jesus is Risen (O’Brien- Ogilvie) AOV NG 82

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Let My Prayer Rise before You (Gather Australia 542)

A setting of Psalm 141:2 by I-to Loh. I couldn’t find any trace of this except in GA.

Let my prayer rise before you as incense,

the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice.

The backings a bit of a fail – I had no idea of the chords and the time is irregular so it is what it is.

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The Day You Gave Us, Lord, Is Ended (Gather Australia 539)

Some hymns sound more dated than others. This one, with it’s Sitz im Leben fully in the British Empire of the Victorian age, seems more dated than most.

This one has a text by John Ellerton and is set to ST CLEMENT by Clement C. Scholefield.

Hymnary has chapter and verse on lyrics, sheet music and hymnals in which it appears (216!).

My BIAB backing is on the harp.

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Today I Awake (Gather Australia 535)

My survey of Gather Australia continues and I’m picking up the songs that I haven’t already blogged.

John L. Bell is a frequent author of GA songs that I haven’t played in church or run across in AOV etc. It’s odd that GA had so many of his songs and even odder since Willow Connection publish AOV but are Wild Goose’s agent in Australia. I suppose it’s because GIA do Bell in the US and GA was a GIA product.

This is lovely but has a hell of a range for an assembly.

The text is at Hymnary. You can purchase the sheet music at GIA.

My backing is BIAB doing a string band.

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Always on This First of Days (Gather Australia 532)

This is a succinct gathering song with a text by Delores Dufner OSB. The setting is by Rosalie Bonighton.

I can’t find it any trace of this one outside of Gather Australia, which is a real pity. Maybe because the tune is by an Australian composer, but I read she was well respected.  Maybe it just doesn’t have the push of Dufner’s work owned by the big companies.

I don’t usually put up the words anymore but I really think this may be a hidden gem. (Ok the range is a bit much but see if you can make it.)

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Refrain

Always on this first of days and ev’rywhere from age to age,

a people gathers to give thanks in your name, Risen Lord!

1 In your name and in your memory

we, your church assemble here,

broken in our separate lives

but in your body whole.

2 In your name and in your memory

we will hear your story told

and, in hearing, we will know

that story as our own.

3 In your name and in your memory

we will bless and break the bread,

eat and drink, and so become

the body we have shared.

text © 1991 Delores Dufner OSB.

 

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Jesus Calls Us Here (Gather Australia 529)

This is another gathering song involving John Bell. GA lists him as author of the text and tune. Wild Goose confirms that the tune is a tradition tune from the island of Lewis and Bell adapted it and also that the text also involves his frequent collaborator Graham Maule.

The range is a bit much for groaners like me but the text is exemplary. You can find that text here. Hymnary has details on the tune.

My backing is a slowish C&W version for some reason.

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