Servant and Shepherd

Today we get the first clash between two NPM top-25: “Shepherd Me, O God,” which polled at number 19 and “The Servant Song,” voted in at number 16. Which of these contemporary compositions will move on to the “Supernatural Sixteen”?

Not much to say about these two entries today. Both are well-loved parts of the repertoire at my parish. I like using the Haugen setting for Communion rather than in the Liturgy of the Word. Part of that discernment is musical: the four-part arrangement of the verse, “You have set me a banquet …” strikes me as appropriately dramatic, at the risk of straying too close to a literal interpretation of Psalm 23 as Eucharistic.

“The Servant Song” was also a favorite of our recently-departed former pastor Fr Ev Hemann. The choir may sing it today at the vigil.

Servant and shepherd: what an appropriate mix for remembering a good priest.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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