Hear I Am, O God VAO 1/36

This is Steven C Warner of the Notre Dame Folk Choir’s setting of Psalm 40. Like most of the songs in Voices As One it has liturgical uses beyond just the Sundays when the Psalm is set.

The text is available in the sample pages at WLP where the sheet music can be purchased.

The refrain is arranged SATB with the tenor line a counter melody. You can listen to the piece here. It is a lovely prayerful tune.

 

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Hear Me, O God VAO 1/35

Paul A. Tate has written a beautiful prayer with a choice of verses depending on the liturgically need – or pray them all.

The text is in the sample at WLP where the sheet music can be purchased.

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He Is Jesus VAO 1/34

This Ed Bolduc song has lots of liturgical uses (eg Advent) but doesn’t seem to have made much of an impact on the internet.

The lyrics aren’t about and the WLP sheetmusic download is for subscribers only. You’ll have to find a copy of Voices As One Vol 1 to sing along.

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My backing is a bit jerky trying to accomodate all the triplets.

 

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10000 Reasons

I went to Archbishop Coleridge’s first session in a series called “Living Biblically in a Secular World” last Wednesday night. I figured if it was lousy it could be my Lenten penance. It wasn’t.

There were some problems, although not of Coleridge’s making.  The crowd was too big for the planned venue so it was moved to the Cathedral.  Apart from the long echo, it did not make for an interactive session but it is certainly worth listening to the talk here. There was altogether too much deference shown by the overawed young people running the session and certainly no-one was going to engage the archbishop if there were problems with his presentation.

I had heard that he was at his best as a teacher and he certainly seems more comfortable in that role rather than a pastoral one.

Coleridge has some baggage as a a churchman and a scholar. His support for the revised missal was embarrassing in its support of its dreadful English. Some of his messages that get played at Mass for Lent etc are just patronising. He has been pinged for plagiarism in the past and has been known to go on the attack inappropriately when crossed.

That said the lecture was rather good. I was disappointed at him putting history and myth at odds and saying that Myth was not involved in the Bible. Myth is story that shows us the truth and whether it happened or not is irrelevant. His exposition of living in the story of Exodus is an example of how myth works, but he seems unwilling to take that step. It would have been a good conversation to have, but these lectures are not conversations.

There was music before the talk: “Here I Am to Worship”, “Refiner’s Fire” and “10 000 Reasons”, and well played and sung too. I’ve blogged the first two but not the latter, which was written by Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin.

The text is here. The sheet music is available to purchase at musicnotes.

The tune seems very familiar but I can’t place it – is there a traditional tune like it?

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O Jesus Crucified

I can’t see that I’ve ever blogged this song that we will be singing on Passion Sunday.

The words are by the famous Australian poet James Phillip McAuley and the tune is Forbes Street by the Australian composer Richard Connolly. It has two chords (Dm & Am9), that’s all, so I’m glad I’m not playing as I just have my guitar.

Connolly is also famous as the composer of the theme music for Play School!

The text is here. (Scroll down to 9) The sheet music is available in the collection “Year of Grace Music Book” at AOV but my copy is in Together In Song (No 354).

You can switch to playing D Major instead of D minor the last two times the refrain is sung if you wish.

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I don’t know if Connolly was inspired by the folk ballad “The Streets of Forbes” but it’s a good enough excuse to hear the wonderful voice of June Tabor.

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Music for Palm Sunday Year B 28th/29th March 2015

Entrance: Blessings on the King (Lynch) AOV 1/104

Psalm 22 (O’Brien)

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?

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Gifts: Heal Me O God (Norbet) AOV 2/52

Communion:  We Remember (Haugen) AOV 1/81

O Jesus Christ Crucified (Connolly / McAuley)

Thanksgiving: Tree of Life (Thompson) AOV NG 138

Recessional: Jesus, Remember Me  (Berthier) AOV1/152.

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He Answers All Our Needs VAO 1/33

This is Ed Bolduc’s adaptation of Psalm 145 but it could easily by a song for Eucharist as well. The verses are designated for the cantor who will need to to do a show tune style leap in “He’s our Lord!” in the verse.

The text is in the sample at WLP where the sheet music can be purchased.

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There is a nice piano version here.

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He Is Exalted VAO 1/32

This a versatile song of praise by Twila Paris. It appears to invite repetition until exhausted and can be done in various styles – see below.

The text is here. The sheet music can be purchased for download at various sites on the net including musicnotes.

My backing runs out of puff after two times around.

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Harbor of My Heart VAO 1/31

This is a Steven C. Warner song that has a refrain for the assembly or choir and verses for a cantor.  The melody for the verse has enough subtle changes to make the cantor earn their keep and the refrain can be sung SATB. It is simply gorgeous (especially if you have a choir) and is most suitable for Lent. It is based on Psalm 16.

The text is in the sample at WLP where the sheet music can be purchased.

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Grant to Us, O Lord

This song for cantor and assembly by Lucien Deiss is being done by Chris’s parish for Gifts this week.

The text is here (page 3) and the sheet music can be purchased at WLP.

BIAB is not really designed for free chant by the cantor but here goes.

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