Monthly Archives: February 2015

Come, Christians, Unite VAO 1/15

This is a lovely song by Ed Bolduc that is recommended for Advent and Easter, but I’m sure you can think of other joyful liturgies to which it is suited. The text is available in the sample at WLP where … Continue reading

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Christ, Be Near at Either Hand VAO 1/14

This is a setting of the Lorica of St Patrick to the traditional Irish folk tune “Garten” arranged by Gerard Gillen. I think it lovely and liturgically useful to boot. The text is here with more verses than the three … Continue reading

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Alleluia, Word of God

This is definitely not a Lenten song but it is a gospel acclamation that Yola’s parish used as an entrance hymn before Lent started. It is by Bernadette Farrell and is part of the Mass of Hope. The text is … Continue reading

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By the Waters of Babylon VAO 1/13

This is a setting of Psalm 137 and coincidentally comes up in a couple of weeks (4th week of Lent Year B).  It is by Paul A. Tate and has a singable refrain for the assembly and good verses for … Continue reading

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I Watch the Sunrise (Close to You)

Mary mentioned this as a song relatively unknown in Australia but popular in Ireland. The text is by John Glynn and the music Colin Murphy. It appears popular for funerals. The text is here. Is it too poetic or too … Continue reading

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Build a Family VAO 1/12

This is another song by the prolific Ed Bolduc, which has liturgical uses (a very Eucharistic text) but the tune is really just too fiddly for the assembly. This talented cantor is having a red hot go and the lyrics … Continue reading

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Music for the Second Sunday of Lent Year B 28th Feb / 1st March 2015

Entrance: Praise to You O Christ Our Saviour (Farrell) AOV 1/28 Psalm 116 ( O’Brien) [Audio clip: view full post to listen] I will walk in the presence of the Lord, In the land of the living. Gifts: Heal Me … Continue reading

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Renew Me, Lord

This song was used at Yola’s parish while I was away in January.  The lovely music is by Bernadette Farrell and the text by Owen Alstott is such a lovely prayer for Lent I thought I’d blog it. The song has … Continue reading

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Mighty to Save

I noticed that Yola’s parish were using this Hillsong song by Reuben Morgan and Ben Fielding in their liturgies. It is a typical P&W slow song that builds to an noisy frenzy if desired. The title sounds like awkward use … Continue reading

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Be With Me Lord VAO 1/10

This is pretty much a choir only piece by Joe Mattingly of the Newman Singers in that the tune for each verse gets progressively more difficult and would be unlikely to be easily used by an assembly. Even the refrain has … Continue reading

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