Category Archives: Songlist

Take Up Your Cross

This past Sunday, we programmed “Take Up Your Cross,” a 19th century text by Charles W. Everest set in Gather Comprehensive to the tune O WALY WALY. I was careful to listen for the people singing in the pews, and … Continue reading

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Canticles of Brother Sun

My personal experience with Saint Francis was rather minimal until the early 80′s. My home parish didn’t sing the hymn setting “All Creature of Our God and King” when I was a boy. The Newman Community certainly didn’t. Nor were … Continue reading

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Make Me A Channel

At noon Mass today, our pastor emeritus chose “Make Me a Channel/Prayer of St Francis” as the hymn of the day. It’s of the generation of “Keep In Mind,” and I remember singing this as a pre-Catholic in sixth grade. … Continue reading

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Keep In Mind

It might have been two decades ago that I saw “Memorial Acclamation E” printed in a missalette: Keep in mind that Jesus Christ has died for us and is risen from the dead. He is our saving Lord, he is … Continue reading

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Pescador

We have a new parishioner, a university post-doc from Poland. She has ample singing experience in some really fine choirs in her native land as well as Scotland. Last week she mentioned her famous countryman’s favorite liturgical song, and look … Continue reading

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Sing A New Song To The Lord

My current parish is the only place I’ve served that does this hymn, text by Timothy Dudley-Smith and the tune, ONSLOW SQUARE, byDavid G. Wilson. It was an interesting choice for GIA to include in its early “contemporary” hymnal, Gather … Continue reading

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Let All Mortal Flesh

It has to be unique in my experience of playing weddings: “Let All Mortal Flesh” for Communion. I’ve sung the tune lots, but never played it much–not on guitar. The small group (two singers, violinist, plus me) providing music ministry … Continue reading

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You Are Near

After our brisk discussion here and elsewhere about “You Are Near,” I decided to ask the composer himself for some background on the piece. He was kind enough to return my e-mail this morning and suggested I relay it to … Continue reading

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More Tales From The Early Vernacular

From the CNS blog, check out this informative piece on Peter Scholtes and his song “They’ll Know We Are Christians.” The story of FEL versus the Chicago archdiocese is well known, but here’s a personal twist from Scholtes’ son: “They’ll … Continue reading

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Easter Hymnody: Victimae Paschali Laudes

In the liturgical year at my parish, there are many small moments I anticipate. After the weighty liturgies of Holy Week, including the Easter Vigil, we have the multiple and crowded Masses of Sunday morning. My friend Scott is often … Continue reading

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Easter Hymnody: Let the Holy Anthem Rise

Jimmy Mac send me his favorite Easter hymn, and it occurred to me we haven’t done a musical feature here in some time. We have fifty days’ worth of hymnody to explore, so suggest your own favorites (by combox or … Continue reading

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Too Long A Dream

The Cyber Hymnal has Walter Bowie’s “O Holy City, Seen of John,” which we used this past weekend at some Masses. I had overlooked the text for years, but noticed it attached to the shape note tune our parish sings … Continue reading

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