Down to the River to Pray
"Strong melodies, polished harmonies, and moving lyrics come together in a timeless, wide-ranging collection of eight liturgical songs and choral anthems for the church year."
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30138612 • Octavo Packet
30138613 • CD
30138614 • mp3 ALBUM
I hope you enjoy my fresh-off-the-press offering: new musical settings of timeless texts, including the work of writers Sr. Genevieve Glen, OSB and Sr. Delores Dufner, OSB. This is music that I composed and refined for my work at my parish, St. John's. There's something very powerful about hearing congregations and choirs sing music with enthusiasm. I hope that some of this music will provide that experience for you and the people involved in your music ministry.
Artwork by Rob Grant, WordsmithDesignArt.com
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You Gather In the Outcast starts the collection off with a strong melody featuring a text by Sr. Genevieve Glen that aligns with the teachings of Pope Francis. (Also appears in OCP's Breaking Bread and Music Issue.)
USAGE: Gathering Hymn, General Hymn, Social Concern • PREVIEW PDF
The Thorn Tree reveals the life of Jesus in a stunningly-beautiful, 4-verse text by Sr. Genevieve Glen. The music solemnly reflects the text, with the last verse proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus. (The octavo includes a choral anthem version and a simple hymn version.)
USAGE: Choral Anthem or Hymn during Christmas and/or Easter • PREVIEW PDF
Rejoice in the Promise of Jesus (The Beatitudes) is a special collaboration with writer Sr. Delores Dufner which features a longing melody in the verses followed by a hopeful, joyous melody in the refrain. (Soon to appear in OCP's Breaking Bread and Music Issue.)
USAGE: General, All Saints, Communion, Ordinations, Funerals • PREVIEW PDF
Ave Verum Corpus is a harmonically rich choral anthem for communion any time during the year, especially on Holy Thursday. The ending might bring tears to your eyes!
USAGE: Anthem during Communion • PREVIEW PDF
With Empty Hands and Empty Hearts draws its inspiration from Carmelite poet, Jessica Powers, who wrote, "If you have nothing... lift up your emptiness!" (The octavo includes a choral anthem version and a simple hymn version.)
USAGE: General, Offertory, Ordinations, Social Concern • PREVIEW PDFY
O How Amiable (Psalm 84) leads the choir from a simple, unassuming melodic introduction to a building harmonic journey to the climax of "My soul hath a desire and longing to enter the courts of the Lord!" Then the piece ends as tenderly as it began.
USAGE: General Choral Anthem, Dedication or Anniversary of a Church, Funerals • PREVIEW PDF
May the Road Rise Up to Meet You provides a very accessible melody using the traditional, well-known Irish text which proves useful whenever a blessing is needed in the community.
USAGE: Blessing, Wedding, Funeral • PREVIEW PDF