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Music for the Fifth Week of Lent Year A 1st/2nd April 2017

The music liturgy team selected these songs for mass next week:

Entrance: Come As You Are (Brown) AOV 1/31

Responsorial Psalm for Lent: Be With Me (Haugen)

Gifts: God of Second Chances (Haas)

Communion: Unless a Grain of Wheat (Farrell) AOV 1/35

Take and Eat – Mantra (Russell) AOV 2/162

Thanksgiving: You Are Mine  (Haas)  AOV 2/2

Recessional: A New Heart for a New World (O’Brien/Watts) AOV 1/158

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We Have No Other Boast (Gather Australia 491)

Gather Australia being, well Australian, you are bound to come across songs by Christopher Willcock SJ. They will be musically interesting and best performed with pipe organ and well rehearsed choir.

I thought this was moreusable than usual until some eclectic timings in the refrain. Apart from going too high for groaners like me it has lovely melodies and is very moving.

The text is in the preview at OCP who sell the sheet music here.

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Here Am I (Gather Australia 488)

My survey of songs from GA that I haven’t already blogged continues with another song by John Bell.

It’s a wonderful reflection on God’s love for us throughout our lives.

The text is here. I also have a copy in his book Heaven Shall Not Wait (available at GIA), where he notes its use for baptism and confirmation.

My BIAB backing is kept simple.

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Micah’s Theme (Gather Australia 486)

I never come across this one before. The song is by Sr Anne Kelly IBVM and based on Micah 6, which certainly makes it liturgically useful.

The text is at Godsongs where she points out the offending Yahweh:

The original text was “Hear then what Yahweh asks of you”, but many people who use the hymn have now changed it to “Hear what the Lord God asks of you” – and this is reflected in the files here.

I believe the songwriter is the Sr Kelly active in the fight against human trafficking.

Gather Australia is the only source I can find for the sheet music.

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Take This Moment (Gather Australia 485)

I’d like this as a gathering song, although I gather it is used at weddings.  It is by John Bell and has his usual singability and to the point text.

The text is at Hymnary and the sheet music can be purchased at GIA.

My backing slows things down a bit.

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This is a nice version too.

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O Christ the Great Foundation (Gather Australia 483)

GA 484 is “The Church’s One Foundation”, which I have already blogged here, but GA 483 is Timothy T’ingfang Lew’s text, “O Christ the Great Foundation” that is set to the same tune, AURELIA, by Samuel Sebastian Wesley.

The text is at Hymnary.

My basic organ backing is here.

 

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Music for the Fourth Week of Lent Year A 25th/26th March 2017

Entrance: City of God (Schutte) AOV 1/57

Responsorial Psalm for Lent: Be With Me (Haugen)

Gifts: God of Second Chances (Haas)

Communion: The Lord Is My Shepherd (Boniwell) AOV 1/26

The Spirit Lives To Set Us Free (Lundy) AOV 2/165

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

Recessional: Christ be Our Light (Farrell) AOV 2/3

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Church of God (Gather Australia 480)

In my survey of the hymns from Gather Australia that I’ve not managed to blog from other sources in the past, I’m up to this lovely surprise of a song.

 

The text is by Sr Pamela Stotter and set by Margaret Daly.

Read the impressive text here, where there is an organ/vocal  version to listen to.

I can’t find anywhere to purchase this online but Hymnary says it is available in some versions of Gather Comprehensive (not mine) and CWBIII. Oddly, ICEL hold the copyright.

It is a song of praise but could also be a lovely gathering or sending vehicle.  I’d bring the key down from G to E because I can’t reach the held E in the verse. It can be done as a round in the refrain.

I’ve done it as a stripped back jig.

 

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Gracious God

This song by Jesse Manibusan was used at RS’s parish recently. It certainly suits the Lenten liturgies.

 

The sheet music is available to purchase for download at OCP where the text is in the preview.

 

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