Monthly Archives: March 2017

Song of St Patrick (Gather Australia 503)

Marty Haugen wrote this, which is his version on the the Breastplate of St Patrick. It’s a little odd in that the first verse has an entirely different tune to verses 2-5. The text is at Hymnary.  The sheet music … Continue reading

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Give Me Ears to Listen

This song by Timothy R Smith was used at RS’s parish last week. It was new to me and I find it a gentle prayerful song. I appreciate people putting the musical choices for their parishes in the comments as … Continue reading

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Forth in the Peace of Christ We Go (Gather Australia 495)

A traditional sounding recessional with a text by James Quinn SJ (1919-2010) set to SONG 34 by Orlando Gibbons (1593-1625). Orlando didn’t think to put guitar chords on and there are none in GA, but Together in Song came to the … Continue reading

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Blessed Are You Poor (Gather Australia 492)

This is a text by Graham Maule based on Luke 6:20-26 – the Sermon on the Plain – set by John Bell. I can’t find the text anywhere (its a paraphrase of the Beatitudes alright) but there is a snippet … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 more usable than usual until … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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