Monthly Archives: December 2015

He Came Down

This is John Bell’s arrangement of a traditional song from the Cameroon. It’s still Christmas, right. The text is at Hymnary and the sheet music can be purchased at GIA. [Audio clip: view full post to listen]

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Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus

I’m trying to get the Advent songs I missed posted before it’s completely ridiculous. Mary’s parish played this song by Janet Sullivan Whitaker on CD in Advent and with seven different verses, it’s either that or a cantor. ¬†The refrain … Continue reading

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As I Kneel I Before You

Mary’s parish used this song (aka Ave Maria) written by Maria Parkinson. Not knowing anything about this song my suspicion is that it is a local Irish product. The verses are English and the refrain Latin as you can see … Continue reading

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Gospel Canticle (Magnificat) NEW BRITAIN

There are so many paraphrases and settings of the Canticle of Mary that there probably should be a moratorium for a while. This one is by Sister Anne Carter and these are the lyrics. The tune is NEW BRITAIN ie … Continue reading

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The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came

I’m still catching up with Advent material despite it being half past Christmas and nearly next year. This is a traditional Basque carol with the text translated by Sabine Baring-Gould. Hymnary have the text and sheet music but you can … Continue reading

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Music for the Epiphany of the Lord Jan 2nd/3rd Year C 2016

We are eschewing a thanksgiving song for a prayer for the Year of Mercy. Entrance: We Three Kings Psalm 71 (McKenna) [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Lord, ev’ry nation on earth will adore you, will adore you. Gifts: … Continue reading

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See How the Virgin Waits

This is a Mary song and an Advent song in one package. Willard F. Jabusch’s text strikes me as odd, but then since Marian imagery springs from very slight biblical evidence, imagination and tradition must suffice. It’s like he is … Continue reading

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My Soul Gives Glory

I’m still catching up with Advent songs and Mary songs to which I have been alerted. Ryan’s parish use Mary Louise Bringle’s paraphrase of the Magnificat set to MAGNIFICAT by Michael Joncas. The text is at Hymnary. I have the … Continue reading

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More Christmas songs

We get Christmas many hours in Australia before the USA, so I’m thrilled to see more parish selections, many unfamiliar, ¬†popping up from faithful correspondents overseas. Of the Father’s Love Begotten – text and sheet music at Hymnary.   I … Continue reading

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“Adept Fiddles” and other great songs for Christmas

We rarely get past the tried and true at Christmas mass, so it’s great to get other ideas. Emma’s parish do the right thing and play some more obscure songs including Australian Christmas Carols, like “Christmas Day (the north wind)” … Continue reading

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