Bob Dufford composed “Be Not Afraid” for the St Louis Jesuit’s second release Earthen Vessels, which, in the 70′s was their best-seller. The text is loosely based on the first few verses of Isaiah 43, and the final two beatitudes, plus Jesus’ words of hope in spite of persecution. This song was listed as number 3 in the NPM poll, hence its first “seed” in the red “bracket.”
“Attende Domine,” the other Lent chant in the Dance. I’ve heard its pedigree is Mozarabic, not Gregorian. I like the tune nearly as much as the antiphon for “Parce Domine.” Let’s see how it fares with voters.