Compline Hymn SAS 2/230

I’ve moved to Spirit and Song Vol. 2 and have skipped the redundant Mass settings.  That takes me to the songs for night prayer and “Compline Hymn” with music by Timothy R. Smith, setting a text by Harry Hagan OSB.

I like this tune although I wonder about the “oh, oh” at the end of each verse. If you listen to the original version it sounds a solo vehicle and as a solo devotional the “ohs” might work.

The text is at spiritandsong where you can purchase the sheet music for download.

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Do This in Memory of Me

This is a song by John Burland that we will be doing for the next two Sundays because they will be for first communion and the children know the song.  I didn’t so I had to learn it.

The text is at his site where you can order the sheet music in a collection called “Celebrating the Sacraments.”

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There is a snippet of this song in this clip of Burland in America:

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Music for the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time Year A, 2/3 August 2014

This is a first communion service so some of the songs are already chosen because they have been part on the children’s preparation.

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

Psalm 145 (O’Brien)

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The hand of the Lord feeds us;

God answers all our needs.

Gifts: Table of Plenty (Schutte) AOV 2/20

Communion: Come to the Table (Burland) AOV NG 33

Do This in Memory of Me (Burland)

Thanksgiving: We Are Many Parts (Haugen) AOV 1/86

Recessional: Our Hearts Burn Within Us (Chinn)  … on CD I hope.

 

 

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Song in a Week Challenge: Old Treasure, New Treasure

This song is based on the readings for the seventeenth week in Ordinary Time, Year A and has thoughts from the Psalm, the Book of Kings and the reading in Matthew’s Gospel. I tried to incorporate some lines from the medieval poem “Pearl” but I couldn’t get them to fit. The text aspires to be impressionistic in a simple way.

I was thinking of a David Kitt style quiet folk electronica, which doesn’t really lend itself to congregational singing. I did two backings:

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1. Precious pearl of great price to decorate a throne

Is Wisdom in the Reign of God

Worth selling ev’rything we own

Chorus

Old Treasure, New Treasure

Old Treasure, New Treasure

Wisdom in the Reign of God

Joy in His command.

Wisdom in the Reign of God.

A heart to understand.

2. Found in a field unearned a treasure more than gold

Is Wisdom in the Reign of God

Worth ev’rything that we have sold.

Chorus

Sheet Music: Old Treasure New Treasure

 

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I Am the Living Bread

This is the last the songs from David Haas’s “Table Songs” that I haven’t blogged already. The text could not be more Eucharistic and the tune is interesting and singable but the version on his MySpace page rather soporific. Still, there are an awful lot of good communion songs in this collection, including ones that may have slipped through the net, so it is a recommended purchase from GIA.

 

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These assemblies give the song a bit more life and I prefer them to the original.

 

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Faith, Hope and Love

This song from David Haas’s “Table Songs” has a specific application for weddings but that doesn’t mean it can’t be used elsewhere.  It is based on 1 Cor 13 and its message is needed more generally than just at weddings. The verses sound like solo vehicles to me, which is what will happen at weddings I suspect. The refrain is more singable.

The text is here (page 20) and can be heard at Haas’s MySpace page.

 

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The Name of God

This is another communion song from David Haas’s “Table Songs”. This is one I haven’t used that I think is really worth consideration. It is based on Psalm 116.

The text is here. You could do it like the original at his MySpace page, with different sets of cantors, tubular bells and a massive “rit” at the end of the verses, or you could just let everyone sing everything and keep it simple with the triplets and interesting tune to keep it going.

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I am the Voice of God

This is another communion song by David Haas from his “Table Songs” collection. I worry about texts with “I will make of you a great nation” and “I will curse those who curse you.” I’m not convinced they suit our modern situation of nation states where some countries do seem to think they are especially blessed by God. …and then there’s that singing in the voice of God problem.

The text is here and once again the original version is available at Haas’s MySpace page.

 

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Music for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A 26th/27th July

Entrance: All Are Welcome (Haugen)

Psalm 119 (O’Brien)

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Lord, I love your commands.  O Lord, I love your commands.

Gifts: I Have Loved You (Joncas) AOV 1/126

Communion: To Be Your Bread (Haas) AOV 1/65

Lord To Whom Shall We Go (Herry) AOV 1/6

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

Recessional: We Are Called (Haas) AOV 2/60

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Song in a Week Challenge: Pray Properly

In a world where the last thing anyone needs is another amateur musician writing songs for church, this is my second week of challenging myself to write a song based on the readings for the upcoming week. So for the Sixteenth week in Ordinary Time Year A I looked at the readings but the song only came out of Romans 8:26-27.

Apart from learning to use my version of Finale and forcing myself to think about the readings ahead of times, I would have liked to write songs for a notional assembly. But things haven’t gone to plan and after last week’s odd country waltz, this one sounds like a children’s song, albeit one that would require the children to learn what intercedes means.

By the way I’m open for comments, suggestions, criticisms and letting me know where I have subconsciously lifted tunes from other songs.

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Verse 1

When words cannot express. (Pray properly)

When friends can’t ease distress. (Pray properly)

God knows what’s in our hearts.

God knows just what we mean.

So the Spirit comes to help us in our weakness

to pray properly.

Verse 2

Our God is always there. (Pray properly)

Our God will always care. (Pray properly)

God knows what’s in our hearts.

God knows just what we mean.

So the Spirit comes to help us in our weakness

to pray properly.

Bridge

Sighs too deep for words.

Sighs too deep for words.

The Spirit intercedes

with sighs too deep for words.

Verse 3

God hears when we repent. (Pray properly)

We feel the grace he sent. (Pray properly)

God knows what’s in our hearts.

God knows just what we mean.

So the Spirit comes to help us in our weakness

to pray properly.

© Geoffrey Madden 2014

Sheet Music: Pray Properly

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