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Music for our mission...

posted Jan 22, 2011, 4:11 AM by Steven Vaughan

The Dominican Team leading the parish mission believes that music and singing are essential for good worship and celebration.  So I’ve been working with them to put together songs I hope you find prayerful and reflective; some of which will be very familiar to you and some new ones you’ll be introduced to.

The readings they’ve chosen led me to some new songs, including Ken Canedo’s For the Sake of Christ. Upon learning that his good friend and co-worker had been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, he came across St. Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 and realized this passage personified his friend.  As he says, “I started with a chant mode on the words, and the song basically wrote itself…”

Come with Me into the Fields is inspired by Luke 10, where Jesus appoints 72 others to go out and preach the Good News.  Written as an uncomplicated folk-ballad, this song of discipleship invites us to do the same.  Ironically, it’s the song I taught for my audition here, which you heard my first weekend…

Tuesday evening’s Penance Service features three songs of reconciliation from three groups each well known for their music: the St. Louis Jesuit’s Seek the Lord; the Damean’s Remember Your Love and Weston Priory’s Hosea.

The hymn tune SLANE is named for an Irish hill about ten miles from Tara in County Meath.  In 433 AD, St. Patrick defied High King Logaire’s ordinance that no fires were to be lit before the pagan spring festival by lighting the Pascal candle there on Easter Eve.  On Wednesday we’ll sing this tune twice, once as Lord of All Hopefulness and then again as Be Thou My Vision.

Thursday morning the school children will introduce the refrain of their new school hymn, a counter-melody I wrote that can be sung simultaneously with the refrain of our parish hymn.  Now musically, we may all be united as Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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