Dancing Into Holy Week

On the eve of Holy Week, a rather appropriate entry …

People seem to love or dislike “Lord of the Dance.” It’s a lovely American tune, but I think the Shaker text “Simple Gifts” is a better fit. That said, it was a solid top-25 NPM choice. British poet Sydney Carter on his text:

I did not think the churches would like it at all. I thought many people would find it pretty far flown, probably heretical and anyway dubiously Christian. But in fact people did sing it and, unknown to me, it touched a chord … Anyway, it’s the sort of Christianity I believe in.

Perhaps less heretical and more irreverent, especially if one is not a proponent of dance.

And in the other corner, a number one choice on a few Lutheran polls, loosely based on Psalm 46. There are any number of translations of the text attributed to Martin Luther. As for the music, I like the unmetered  version:

Happy choosing:

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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