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Vine and Branches

posted May 13, 2016, 8:46 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated May 13, 2016, 8:47 AM ]
In the current issue of Today’s Liturgy, composer Trevor Thomson reflects on his song Vine and Branches:

“Living in California for nearly all my life has given me the unique opportunity to see the Scripture of the vine and branches coming to life in my own backyard. I have a grapevine… an older vine that stretches through my backyard. So I understand how, attached to the vine, the branches work together, growing up and out, supporting the ‘body’ of the vine, and how, from these branches, the grapes, the ‘good fruit,’ grows in a good way. Each time I see those grapes, my mouth waters a little more knowing that soon, these same grapes will be at our table, giving us nourishment.

I wanted to put that experience into a song that could be easily prayed. My goal was to create a melody that, like the ‘good fruit’ of grapes, would give nourishment and satisfaction to the praying pilgrim. I created Dismissal of the Catechumens with the same melody, thinking that, throughout Lent, the community would sing the dismissal song, sending forth the candidates/catechumens to feast on the Word of God. In celebration of the resurrection… Vine and Branches could be used as a Communion song throughout Easter, reminding the whole community of the wonderful journey that was just made.

May the joy of the journey and the growing of our ‘branches’ bear great fruit, bringing nourishment of spirit and joy to the world through our connection to the vine, Christ.”