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#WalkwithFrancis playlist...

posted Sep 19, 2015, 7:46 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Sep 19, 2015, 7:46 AM ]
We’ve been invited to #WalkwithFrancis, a campaign effort to gather the community and follow Pope Francis’ example to pray, serve and act as we prepare for his visit to the United States. But if you walk with earphones and a playlist like most New Yorkers, here are some suggestions for your journey this week...

Pray that the members of Congress and the United Nations will open their hearts to really hear and understand him. So start with hymns that invoke the Holy Spirit, Come, Holy Ghost; One Spirit, One Church or the chant Veni, Creator Spiritus. And since he will be speaking about the care of our planet, include hymns by St. Francis such as Marty Haugen’s Canticle of the Sun or Sebastian Temple’s Prayer of St. Francis.

The Psalms are the hymnbook of the Church so listen to at least one. Any setting of Psalm 23 is good; especially Marty Haugen’s Shepherd Me, O God. And since we’re dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, honor her with Tomás Luis de Victoria's setting of Salve Regina or Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria.

For a more contemporary sound, check out Beyonce’s Halo or Carrie Underwood’s Jesus, Take the Wheel. And read The Papal Playlist, where Jonathon Lewis, the Director of Evangelization, Youth and Young Adult Initiatives for the Archdiocese of Washington, and an Associate with Catholic Voices USA, lists five songs that are inspired by the advice we can expect to hear from him, and can encourage us to live better lives long after he leaves.

Unfortunately, the Pope’s schedule won’t permit him to indulge in one of his favorite pastimes, the Metropolitan Opera. But if you want to #RelaxwithFrancis and be in sync with the papal iPod, try Flower Duet from Lakmé, Puccini’s Un Bel dì from Madama Butterfly, or Puccini’s Nessun dorma from the final act of Turandot.

He also loves to tango, coming from the country where it originated, and celebrated his birthday last December with thousands of tango dancers in St. Peter’s Square. La Cumparsita, “the little parade” is probably the most famous tango in the world. Santa Maria (Del Buen Ayre) mixes traditional Argentinean instruments with synthesizer for a contemporary edge.