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30 April 2013

This Alone (Tim Manion)



Refrain:
One thing I ask, this alone I seek,
To dwell in the House of the Lord all my days.
For one day within Your temple heals every day alone.
O Lord, bring me to Your dwelling.
1. Hear, O Lord, the sound of my calling.
Hear, O Lord, and show me Your way.

2. The Lord is my light and hope of salvation.
The Lord is my refuge; whom should I fear?

3. Wait on the Lord and hope in His mercy.
Wait on the Lord and live in His love.

Composer: Tim Manion

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May we praise you (John Foley)



1. May we praise You, O Lord,
with heart and hand and voice.
And since life itself is your gift to us,
then may all that we are be Yours.

2. May our living be true.
May all return to You.
And when life is done, let our passing be
like a birth into light of day.

3. Let Your step guide our path.
Let shades of dark not last.
May the sun of justice return on high,
and Your love be our road and guide.

4. To the Father be praise;
to Son and Spirit praise.
Unto God the one, let all praise be done,
Til the dawn of the lasting day.

Composer: John Foley

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Answer when I call (John Foley)



Refrain:
Turn an ear to me O Lord, answer when I call.
Turn an ear to me O Lord, answer when I call.
1. Like an owl in the desert,
A sparrow alone and astray , I watch I wait

2. Like the grass of the summer, like shadows
That whither and fade, O Lord I wait.

3. Give an ear to my pleading and hear me
O God of my heart; I wait, I pray.

Composer: John Foley

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Redeemer Lord (John Foley)



1. You are our Father, Redeemer Lord are You.
Why must we wander, so far away from Your truth!
Open the heavens, return to our side.
You are our Father, Lord our guide.

2. Come back to Your servants now.
Give back O Lord Your light.
The pathways are parting now we choose
Yet You hide from our sight:
Rupture the heavens, come back to our lives:
Come down to Your people, Lord of Life.

My Shepherd is the Lord, there is nothing I shall need.
Fresh and green are the pastures where he'll lead.
My Shepherd is the Lord, there is nothing I shall need.
Fresh and green are the pastures where he'll lead.
3. Your world doesn't know You now,
they close their eyes to You.
O where are the wondrous deeds You do,
all for those who were true?
Sunder the heavens and come to our aid.
Lord, look how Your people stand afraid.

My Shepherd is the Lord, there is nothing I shall need.
Fresh and green are the pastures where he'll lead.
4. Where is Your answer? I cry my days to You.
A worm and no man am I, despised by all in my gloom.
Lord will You hear me, take heed of my heart?
O why must You let Your love depart?
My Shepherd is the Lord, there is nothing I shall need.
Fresh and green are the pastures where He'll lead.
Composer: John Foley

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The Lord is my Light (John Foley)



Refrain:
The Lord is my light the Lord is my shield,
Praise the Lord and the love He reveals:
Safe journey shelter and home,
Safe in the Lord alone!
1. Hear O Lord my cry to You.
Turn not away for You are my light,
Turn not Your face from me.

2. Seek Your face You said O Lord:
My Heart says to You,
Your face Lord I seek.
Hide not your face from me.

3. Wait for the Lord
and let your heart be strong.
Wait for the Lord!


Composer: John Foley

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29 April 2013

In Praise of His Name (Roc O'Connor)



Refrain:
Bless the Lord, O My Soul
Bless the Lord Praise His Name!
Bless the Lord O My soul.
Let all creation Praise His name.
1. Sun and the moon bless the Lord,
bless Him all of the earth.
Sea and the waves, glory in your power.
Let Your thunder echo His name

2. Let all Creation arise and
give Praise to our God.
For Yahweh alone is God,
He made us we belong to Him

3. Women and men praise our God
And children lift up your hearts.
Enter His gates with songs of joy
With gladness serve you the Lord.

Composer: Roc O'Connor

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Trust in the Lord (Roc O'Connor)



Refrain:
Trust in the Lord; you shall not tire.
Serve you the Lord you shall not weaken.
For the Lord's own strength will uphold you.
You shall renew your life and live.
1. The Lord is our eternal God .
He neither faints nor grows weary.
Our hearts He probes from afar,
Knowing our ways, knowing our ways.

2. Young hearts may grow faint and weak
Youths may collapse, stumble and fall.
They that hope in the Lord will renew their courage.
They'll soar with eagle's might.

3. Old men shall dream new dreams.
Young men will find wisdom in visions.
The Lord will speak in our lifetime,
Show His face to those who wait.

Composer: Roc O'Connor

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Lord of Glory (Tim Manion)




Refrain:
Leaping the mountains, bounding the hills,
See how our God has come to meet us.
His voice is lifted, His face is joy.
Now is the season to sing our song on high.
1. Come, then O Lord of Glory
Show us Your face.
Speak for we know Your words are life.

2. He pastures His flock among the wild flowers,
And leads them to the mountain of His love.

3. All through the day, all through the night;
Seek for the Lord and sing His love.

Composer: Tim Manion

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28 April 2013

Blest be the Lord (Dan Schutte)



Refrain:
Blest Be the Lord, Blest Be The Lord
The God of mercy, the God who saves.
I shall not fear the dark of night,
Nor the arrow that files by day.
1. He will release me from the nets of sinful men,
He will release me from their wicked hands.
Beneath the shadow of His wings, I will rejoice,
To find a dwelling place secure.

2. I need not shrink before the terrors of the night,
Nor stand alone before the light of day.
No harm shall come to me, no arrow strike me down.
No evil settle in my soul.

3. Although a thousand men have fallen at my side,
I'll not be shaken with the Lord at hand.
His faithful Love is all the armor that I need
To wage the battle with the foe

Composer: Dan Schutte

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Only in God (John Foley)



Refrain:
Only is God will my soul be at rest
From Him comes my hope, my salvation.
He alone is my rock of safety,
My strength, my Glory my God.
1. Trust in Him at all times O people
and pour out your heart.
God Himself is a refuge for us
And a stronghold for our fear.

2. Many times have I heard Him tell
Of His long lasting love.
You, Yourself, Lord reward all who labor
For love of Your Name.

Composer: John Foley

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Jesus the Lord (Roc O'Connor)



Refrain:
Jesus, Jesus
Let all creation bend the knee to the Lord.
 1. In Him we live, we move and have our being;
In Him the Christ, In Him the King!
Jesus the Lord.

2. Though Son, He did not cling to Godliness,
But emptied Himself, became a slave!
Jesus the Lord.

3. He lived obediently His Father's will
Accepting His death, death on a cross!
Jesus the Lord.

Composer: Roc O'Connor

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27 April 2013

Praise God (Bob Dufford & John Foley)



Refrain:
Praise God, Praise Him,
Praise God in the highest!
Praise God Praise Him,
Praise the Name of our God!
1. Give thanks to the lord.
His mercy endures forevermore.
Give thanks to the God of our creation !

2. The heavens declare it:
The glory of God upon the earth,
To people of every race and nation!

3. Shadows and sunlight,
Dew from the morning air,
All that is yours you love,
O Lord of Life!


Composer: Bob Dufford & John Foley

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I Lift Up My Soul (Tim Manion)



Refrain:
To You, Yahweh, I lift up my soul O my God.
To You, Yahweh, I lift up my soul, O my God.
1. Yahweh, show your ways to me.
Teach me Your paths and
Keep me in the ways of Your truth,
For You are the God that saves me.

2. The Lord is so good, so holy.
Sinners find the way,
And in all that is right He guides the humble.
The poor he leads in His pathways.

3. All day long I hope in Your goodness.
Remember Your love,
The love that You promised long ago.
And the kindness that you gave from of old.

Paraphrase of Psalm 26

Composer: Tim Manion

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Peace Prayer (John Foley)



1. Lord make me a means of Your Peace
Where there's hatred grown
Let me sow Your love
Where there's injury Lord
Let forgiveness be my sword
Lord make me a means of Your Peace

2. Lord make me a means of Your Peace
When there's sadness here
Let me sow Your joy
When the darkness nears
May Your light dispel our fears
Lord make me a means of Your Peace

3. Lord grant me to seek and to share
Less to be consoled
Than to help console
Less be understood
Than to understand Your good
Lord make me a means of Your Peace

4. Lord grant me to seek and to share
To forgive in thee
You've forgiven me
For to die in thee
Is eternal life to me
Lord make me a means of Your Peace

Composer: John Foley (1976)

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26 April 2013

Dwelling Place (John Foley)



1. I fall on my knees to the father of Jesus,
The Lord who has shown us the glory of God.

2. May he in his love give us strength for our living
The strength of his spirit the glory of God.

Refrain
May Christ find a dwelling place of faith in our hearts.
May our lives be rooted in love, rooted in love.
3. May grace and peace be yours in God our father
and in his son (Refrain)

4. I fall on my knees to the father of Jesus,
The Lord who has shown us the glory of God (Refrain)

Composer: John Foley

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Behold the Wood (Dan Schutte)







Refrain
Behold, behold, the wood of the cross,
On which is hung our salvation.
O come, let us adore.
1. Unless a grain of wheat shall fall
upon the ground and die
It shall remain but a single grain,
and not give life

2. And when my hour of glory comes
as all was meant to be
You shall see me lifted up upon a tree.

Composer: Dan Schutte

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Bless our God (John Foley)



1. Bless our God the Father of Jesus the Lord of our ways.
Every gift is ours in our life, in the Lord of our days.

Refrain:
Praise to his name, we are made for the praise of his glorious name.
He chose us to be those who trust in his ways.
2. May our God give light to the eyes of your mind for your days.
May he give you wisdom and knowledge of him, in his ways.

3. Bless our God, he grants us the gifts of our lives in his ways.
Bless our God, he saved us he gave us the Christ for our days.

Composer: John Foley

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Exsultet (Liam Lawton)







1. Now to the throne of God in exultation,
High heaven’s hosts, your proud hosannas sing!
Sound in the height the trumpet of salvation,
Waking the day to greet its Lord and King!

Refrain:

Rejoice, rejoice,
Gone forever is the night!
Rejoice, rejoice,
Risen is the Lord of light!
2. Now let the earth be filled with songs of gladness!
Christ is our Dawn, and banished is our night!
Now let all tongues acclaim the King of ages,
Rising as Lord of everlasting life!

3.Sing in your joy, O holy Church, our Mother:
Darkest of nights becomes your day of days!
Now, in the dawn of never ending glory,
Bring to your Lord the homage of your praise!

4. Bless with your love this feast of light, O Father!
Shine on the world, O world’s true Light, God’s Son!
Touch with your fire, O God the Holy Spirit,
Tongues to proclaim the triumph Christ has won!

Composer: Liam Lawton (2001)

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25 April 2013

In him we live (Carey Landry)






Composer: Carey Landry

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And the Father will dance (Carey Landry)




Refrain:
And the Father will dance as on a day of joy.
He will exult over you and renew you by His love.
And the Father will dance as on a day of joy.
He will exult over you and renew you by His love.
1. Shout for joy, all you His people.
Sing aloud and exult with All your hearts,
for Yahweh your God is in your midst.

2. You have no more evil to fear.
You have no more evil to fear.
Do not let your hands fall limp
for Yahweh your God is in your midst.

3. And when the time comes, I will rescue the lame,
and when the time comes I will gather the strays,
And when the time comes, I will be your guide.
I will gather you in and give you renown
among all peoples.

Composer: Carey Landry

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Abba, Father (Carey Landry)



Refrain:
Abba, Abba Father.
You are the potter; we are the clay,
the work of Your hands.
1. Mold us, mold us and fashion us
Into the image of Jesus Your Son,
Of Jesus Your Son

2. Father, may we be one in You.
May we be one in You as He is in You
And You are in Him.

3. Glory, glory and praise to you.
Glory and praise to You forever, amen, forever, amen.

Composer: Carey Landry

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24 April 2013

Though the mountains may fall (Dan Schutte)





Refrain:
Though the mountains may fall and the hills turn to dust,
yet the love of the Lord will stand
as a shelter for all who will call on His name.
Sing the praise and the glory of God.
1. Could the Lord ever leave you?
Could the Lord forget His love?
Though a mother forsake her child,
He will not abandon you

2. Should you turn and forsake Him,
He will gently call your name.
Should you wander away from Him,
He will always take you back.

3. Go to Him when you're weary,
He will give you eagle's wings.
You will run never tire,
For your God will be your strength.

4. As he swore to your Fathers,
when the flood destroyed the land.
He will never forsake you,
He will swear to you again.

Composer: Dan Schutte

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Praise the Lord, my soul (John Foley)



1. Praise the lord, my soul,
Let fire and rain give praise to Him,
Give praise to Him who is merciful, slow to judge;
Bless the lord, O my soul!

2. Bless the Lord, my soul,
Let all I am give praise to Him,
And not forget he is kind, He forgives our sins;
Bless the Lord, O my soul!

3. Merciful and kind,
He knows that man is made of dust,
And like the flowers that flourish he soon must die;
Bless the Lord, O my soul!

4. Glory to our God,
Let all that is give praise to Him,
Give praise all you creatures who live His love,
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
Bless the Lord, O my soul!

Composer: John Foley

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If God is for us (John Foley)



Refrain:
If God is for us, who can be against,
If the Spirit of God has set us free.
If God is for us, who can be against,
If the Spirit of God has set us free.
1. I know that nothing in this world
Can ever take us from His love.

2. Nothing can take us from His love
Poured out in Jesus the Lord.

3. And nothing present or to come
Can ever take us from His love.

4. I know that neither death nor life
Can ever take us from His love.

Composer: John Foley

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Seek the Lord (Roc O'Connor)



Refrain:
Seek the Lord, while He may be found;
call to Him while he is still near.
1. Today is the day, and now the proper hour
to forsake our sinful lives and turn to the Lord.

2. As high as the sky is above the earth,
so high above our ways, the ways of the Lord.

3. Finding the Lord, let us cling to Him.
His words, his ways lead us to life.

4. Someday we'll live in the house of God,
Gaze on His face and praise His name.

Composer: Roc O'Connor

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Turn to me (John Foley)





Refrain: 
Turn to me, O man and be saved,
Says the Lord for I am God;
There is no other, none beside me.
I call your name.
1. I am He that comforts you;
Who are you to be afraid of man who dies,
is made like the grass of the fields, soon to wither.

2. Listen to me, my people;
Give ear to me my nation:
a law will go forth from me,
and my justice for a light to the people.

3. Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
and look at the earth down below.
The heavens will vanish like smoke,
and the earth will wear out like a garment.

Composer: John Foley

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22 April 2013

Take and eat (Michael Joncas)



Refrain: 
Take and eat; take and eat: 
this is my body given up for you. 
Take and drink; take and drink: 
this is my blood given up for you.
1. I am the Word that spoke and light was made;
I am the seed that died to be re-born;
I am the bread that comes from heaven above;
I am the vine that fills your cup with joy.

2. I am the way that leads the exile home;
I am the truth that sets the captive free;
I am the life that raises up the dead;
I am your peace, true peace my gift to you.

3. I am the Lamb that takes away your sin;
I am the gate that guards you night and day;
You are my flock; you know the shepherd's voice;
You are my own; your ransom is my blood.

Composer:  Jan Michael Joncas

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Yo soy el pan de vida (Suzanne Toolan)





Yo soy el pan de vida,
el que viene a mi no tendrá hambre,
el que cree en mi no tendrá sed.
Nadie viene a mí mientras mi el Padre no lo acepte.

Estribillo:
Yo le resucitaré, yo lo resucitaré,
Yo le resucitaré, en el día final
2. El pan que yo daré es mi cuerpo, vida del mundo.
El que coma de mi carne,
tendrá vida eterna, tendrá vida eterna. (Estribillo)

3. Mientras no comas el Cuerpo del Hijo del Hombre
y bebas de su sangre, y bebas de su Sangre,
no tendrá vida Él en ti. (Estribillo)

4. Yo soy la Resurrección, Yo soy la vida.
El que cree en mí, aunque muriera,
tendrá la vida eterna. (Estribillo)

5. Sí, Señor, yo creo que Tú eres el Cristo,
el Hijo de Dios que vino al mundo para salvamos. (Estribillo)

See also the original English version: I am the Bread of life (Suzanne Toolan)

Paraphrase of John 6

Composer: Suzanne Toolan (1966)

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My son has gone away (Bob Dufford)



1. My son has gone away, left me, gone astray.
But I have seen the way he went and I will bring him back.

Refrain:
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, how could you run away?
Jerusalem, how long my son? I'll wait for you, I'll stay.
2. Perhaps my son is weary and cold.
Perhaps he's tired and sad.
Tonight I'll go and watch again,
And wait for his return.

Composer: Bob Dufford

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If the Lord does not build a house (Dan Schutte)





Refrain:
If the Lord does not build a house,
Then in vain do the builders labor.
And in vain does the watchman stand his guard,
If the Lord is not his help,
If the Lord is not his help.
1. If a man wants to boast,
Let him boast in the Lord,
In the Lord who is kind and merciful,
Who forgives our sins.

2. Who is man to compare
With the Lord who is God?
What is man that the Lord should care,
or that God should be moved?

3. Put not your faith in man
Whose life must fade like the fields.
From the earth he is born and to earth returns.
Put your trust in the Lord.

Composer: Dan Schutte

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21 April 2013

We Give You Thanks (David Haas)







1. For the bread and wine we share here,
For the friends that we embrace,
For the peace we find in healing,
For all who gather in this place,
For the faith of those around us,
For the dead and all those here,
For the hope we find in mem’ry,
For the love that draws us near.
       
Refrain   
We give you thanks, we give you thanks
For the grace to receive, in you we believe,
We give you thanks, we give you thanks,
With faith and hope and love we give you thanks.
2. For the movement deep within us,
For the stories that we bring,
For the signs of God’s compassion,
For the journey that we sing,
For the word that holds our promise,
For the gifts that we can claim,
For the wonders that surround us,
For the song that sings our name.   

3. For the water bringing new life,
For the fragrance of release,
For the fire that blazes forward,
For the call to bring forth peace,
For the blindness now enlightened,
For the bound that are now free,
For the brightness of your new day,
For the kingdom we will be.   

Composer: David Haas (b. 1957)

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20 April 2013

Hail Thee, Festival Day! (Pentecost) [Tune: SALVE FESTA DIES]



See also: Hail Thee, Festival Day! (Easter)

Refrain:
Hail thee, festival day!
Blest day that art hallowed forever;
day wherein God from heaven,
shone on the world with his grace.
1. Lo! in the likeness of fire,
on them that await his appearing,
he whom the Lord foretold,
suddenly, swiftly, descends. Refrain

2. Forth from the Father he comes
with his sevenfold mystical dowry,
pouring on human souls
infinite riches of God. Refrain

3. Hark! in a hundred tongues
Christ's own, his chosen Apostles,
preach to a hundred tribes
Christ and his wonderful works. Refrain

4. Praise to the Spirit of life,
all praise to the Fount of our being,
light that dost lighten all,
life that in all dost abide. Refrain

5. God, who art giver of all
good gifts and lover of concord,
pour thy balm on our souls,
order our ways in thy peace. Refrain

6. God Almighty, who fillest
the heaven, the earth and the ocean,
guard us from harm without,
cleanse us from evil within. Refrain

7. Kindle our lips with his live bright coal
from the hands of the Seraph;
shine in our minds with thy light;
burn in our hearts with thy love. Refrain

See also: Hail Thee, Festival Day! (Easter)

Text: Venantius Fortunatus (530-609); trans. Gabriel Gillett, 1906
Tune: SALVE FESTA DIES 79.77+Refrain, by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

Earthen Vessels (John Foley)



Refrain:
We hold a treasure, not made of gold,
In earthen vessels, wealth untold,
One treasure only: the Lord, the Christ,
In earthen vessels.
1. Light has shone in our darkness:
God has shown in our heart,
With the light of the glory
of Jesus, the Lord.

2. He has chosen the lowly,
who are small in this world;
In his weakness is glory,
in Jesus the Lord.

Composer: John Foley

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What you hear in the dark (Dan Schutte)



Refrain:
What you hear in the dark
you must speak in the light.
You are salt for the earth,
You are light for the world.
1. Let your light be seen:
Stand against the night.
Let your words of mercy tell
The glory of the Lord.

2. Earth shall pass away:
Heaven will be undone.
Never shall the word of God
Be broken or destroyed.

3. God will keep you safe;
See the sparrows that fly.
You are worth a world of sparrows
Sheltered, by the Lord.

4. Strengthen weary arms;
Steady all trembling knees.
Say to every fearful heart:
Have courage, trust in God.

Composer: Dan Schutte

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Take, Lord, Receive (John Foley)





1. Take, Lord, receive all my liberty,
My memory, understanding, my entire will.

Refrain:
Give me only Your love and Your grace, that's enough for me.
Your love and Your grace, are enough for me.
2. Take, Lord, receive all I have and possess.
You have given all to me, now I return it.

3. Take, Lord, receive, all is Yours now.
Dispose of it, wholly according to Your will

Composer: John Foley

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19 April 2013

Like a Shepherd (Bob Dufford)










Refrain:
Like a shepherd he feeds his flock,
And gathers the lambs in his arms.
Holding them carefully close to his heart,
Leading them home.
1. Say to the cities of Judah prepare the way of the Lord
Go to the mountain top lift your voice
Jerusalem here is your God.

2. I myself will shepherd them
For others have led them astray.
The lost I will rescue and heal their wounds
And pasture them giving them rest.

3. Come unto me if you are heavily burdened
And take my yoke upon your shoulders,
I will give you rest.

Composer: Bob Dufford (1976)

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Water of Life (David Haas)




Chorus
Water of Life, Jesus our Light,
Journey from death to new life.

1. Fountain of light, new sight for the blind.
We come to the water, we come now to see.

2. Fountain of compassion, freedom from fear.
We come to the water, we come to find peace.

3.Fountain of mercy, bind all our wounds.
We come to the water, we come to be healed.

4. Fountain of our future, seek out our pain.
We come to the water, we come to be whole.

5. Fountain of new life, seek out our thirst.
We come to the water, we come now to live.

6. Fountain of mission, calling our name.
We come to water, we come now to serve.

Composer: David Haas (1987)

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18 April 2013

I Vow to Thee, my Country










I vow to thee, my country, all earthly things above,
Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love;
The love that asks no question, the love that stands the test,
That lays upon the altar the dearest and the best;
The love that never falters, the love that pays the price,
The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice.
I heard my country calling, away across the sea,
Across the waste of waters she calls and calls to me.
Her sword is girded at her side, her helmet on her head,
And round her feet are lying the dying and the dead.
I hear the noise of battle, the thunder of her guns,
I haste to thee my mother, a son among thy sons.
And there's another country, I've heard of long ago,
Most dear to them that love her, most great to them that know;
We may not count her armies, we may not see her King;
Her fortress is a faithful heart, her pride is suffering;
And soul by soul and silently her shining bounds increase,
And her ways are ways of gentleness, and all her paths are peace.
Background information (Wikipedia)

Text: Cecil Spring-Rice (1908)
Music: THAXTED by Gustav Holst (1921)

Burial Service (William Croft)






I am the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord :
he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.

I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shalt stand
at the latter day upon the earth.
And though after my skin worms destroy this body,
yet in my flesh shall I see God:
whom I shall see for myself,
and mine eyes shall behold, and not another.

We brought nothing into this world,
and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away;
blessed be the Name of the Lord.

Man that is born of a woman hath but a short time to live,
and is full of misery.
He cometh up, and is cut down, like a flower;
he fleeth as it were a shadow, and never continueth in one stay.
In the midst of life we are in death:
of whom may we seek for succour, but of thee, O Lord,
who for our sins art justly displeased?
Yet, O Lord God most holy, O Lord most mighty,
O holy and most merciful Saviour,
deliver us not into the bitter pains of eternal death.

I heard a voice from heaven, saying unto me,
Write,
From henceforth blessed are the dead which die in the Lord:
even so saith the Spirit:
for they rest from their labours.
Amen.

Music score (PDF): Source 1 or Source 2

Composer: William Croft (1678-1727)

In Paradisum (Fauré)

In memory of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, 15 April 2013















In paradisum deducant te Angeli;
in tuo adventu suscipiant te martyres,
et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Ierusalem.
Chorus angelorum te suscipiat,
et cum Lazaro quondam paupere æternam habeas requiem.

May angels lead you into paradise;
upon your arrival, may the martyrs receive you 
and lead you to the holy city of Jerusalem. 
May the ranks of angels receive you, 
and with Lazarus, once the poor man, may you have eternal rest.

Historical Information: In Paradisum

Music: from the Requiem, by Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)

Pie Jesu (Duruflé)

In memory of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, 15 April 2013 





Background information on Pie Jesu

Composer: Maurice Duruflé (1947)

17 April 2013

Pie Jesu (Ricky Manalo)

In memory of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, 15 April 2013 







Background information on Pie Jesu

Composer: Ricky Manalo (1990)

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The Cross of Love II - May the Voice of Angel Chorus / Song of Farewell (Rufino Zarazoga)


In memory of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, 15 April 2013




May the voice of angel chorus
lift your soul to God’s embrace.
May the martyrs come to welcome you
and saints prepare a place
where all sorrows and all burdens
melt before our Savior’s face,
who with love
did walk the Cross of Love.

May the Gentle Shepherd lead you
as you welcome Sister Death.
May the arms of Abraham
enfold your soul upon his breast.
In Jerusalem eternal,
holy city, holy rest;
you’ll find love, that walked the Cross of Love.

May the Lord bless and keep you
as your journey is complete.
May the face of God come shine on you,
God’s gracious light increase.
May the Holy One with kindness
look on you
and give you peace,  give you love,
to walk the Cross of Love.

See also alternate version: The Cross of Love - May the Lord bless and keep you (Rufino Zaragoza)

Text: Paraphrase of In Paradisum
Music: Rufino Zaragoza

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16 April 2013

And I saw a new heaven (Edgar Bainton)

In memory of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, 15 April 2013











And I saw a new heaven and a new earth
For the first heaven and the first earth were passed away
and there was no more sea, And I John saw the holy city,
Jerusalem coming down from God out of heaven,
prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a great voice out of heaven, saying,
Behold the tabernacle of God is with men
and he will dwell with them and they shall be his people,
and God himself shall be with them and be their God
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes
And there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying
neither shall there be any more pain for the former things are passed away.

Text: Revelation 21:1-4
Music: Edgar Bainton (1880-1956)

A Prayer of King Henry VI (Henry Ley)





Domine, Jesu Christe,
qui me creasti,
redemisti, et preordinasti
ad hoc quod sum,
tu scis quid de me facere vis;
fac de me secundum
voluntatem tuam
cum misericordia.
Amen.

Score (PDF/ChoralWiki)

Composer: Henry G. Ley (1887-1962)

Set me as a seal (William Walton)









Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm:
for love is strong as death;
Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it.

Text: from the Song of Solomon
Music: William Walton (1902-1983)

15 April 2013

Keshukoran [Thanksgiving] (Irene O'Connor)





Chorus:
Ah...
Tuhan pencipta, kita sembah
Pada Tuhan yang mahakuasa
Shukor-lah kita, puji-lah kita
Pada Tuhan yang mahakuasa
1. Kerana matahari
Shukor-lah kita pada Tuhan
Bintang dan bulan
Shukor-lah kita

2. Kerana sungai dan laut
Shukor-lah kita pada Tuhan
Burong dan ikan
Shukor-lah kita

3. Kerana sawah padi
Shukor-lah kita pada Tuhan
Pokok dan bunga
Shukor-lah kita

English translation:

Chorus:
God who creates, we offer homage
to the God who is all powerful
We give you thanks, we praise you,
to the God who is all powerful
1. For the sun,
we give thanks to God
For the stars and the moon
we give thanks.

2. For rivers and seas
we give thanks to God
For the birds and fish
we give thanks.

3. For padi fields
we give thanks to God
For trees and flowers
we give thanks

Composer: Irene O'Connor (1973)

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Thượng Tiến Giavê (Nguyễn Quang Hưng)





ÐK: 
Thượng tiến lên Giavê bánh rượu này tinh tuyền. 
Thượng tiến lên Giavê trót cả cuộc sống này. 
Xin dâng lên Ba Ngôi của lễ rất đẹp lòng Cha, 
như sương sớm chan hòa tràn lan trên khắp nương đồng. 
Như trầm hương thơm tho bay lên thánh điện huyền linh.
Xin thương đoái nhận của lễ, xin ban xuống ơn an bình.

1. Xin hợp nhất chúng con trong tình yêu Thiên Chúa.
Xin hợp nhất chúng con muôn người cùng mến thương nhau.
Như một tấm bánh này bởi ngàn hạt lúa mì.
Như rượu rất tinh nguyên bởi ngàn nho chín thơm.

2. Xin tình yêu Chúa Trời lan tràn khắp thế giới.
Xin nguồn sống Thánh Linh hộ phù trợ giúp thi ân.
Tin một Chúa cao vời tình yêu xóa lấp oán thù.
Vui cùng kẻ hân hoan, buồn cùng ai khóc than.

3. Chúc tụng Ngôi Chúa Trời, Ðấng dựng nên thế giới.
Chúc tụng Ngôi Chúa Con Ðấng chuộc tội cứu sinh linh.
Chúc tụng Chúa Thánh Thần hằng thương thánh hóa linh hồn.
Như từ trước thiên thu, giờ đây cho tới mai sau.

 4. Ðêm hồng phúc phước đầy, Ngôi Lời đã giáng thế.
Ðêm hạnh phúc chứa chan, Chúa Trời đã xuống dương gian.
Xin cùng kính dâng Ngài lời ca dâng với hương trầm.
Xin cùng kính dâng lên Hài Nhi Ðấng Cứu Tinh.

5. Cho tình yêu chúng con vững bền trong Thiên Chúa.
Cho cuộc sống thế gian có Ngài trợ giúp ban ơn.
Cho tình mến không nhòa cùng nhau xây đắp gia đình.
Cho cuộc sống ly hương được Ngài nâng đỡ luôn.

Sáng tác: Nguyễn Quang Hưng

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14 April 2013

O Trinity, Most Blessed Light




1. O Trinity, most blessed Light,
O Unity of sovereign might,
As now the fiery sun departs,
Shed Thou Thy beams within our hearts.

2. To Thee our morning songs of praise,
To Thee our evening prayer we raise;
Thee may our glory evermore
In lowly reverence adore.

3. All praise to God the Father be,
All praise, eternal Son, to Thee,
Whom with the Spirit we adore
Forever and forevermore.

Attributed to St. Ambrose (397)

Xin vâng (Mi Trầm)







1. Mẹ ơi! Ðời con dõi bước theo Mẹ,
lòng con quyết noi gương Mẹ,
xin Mẹ dạy con hai tiếng xin vâng.
Mẹ ơi! Ðường đi trăm ngàn nguy khó,
hiểm nguy dâng tràn đây dó.
Xin Mẹ dạy con hai tiếng xin vâng.

ÐK. 
Xin vâng. Mẹ dạy con hai tiếng xin vâng. 
Hôm qua hôm nay và ngày mai 
Xin vâng. Mẹ dạy con hai tiếng xin vâng.
Hôm nay tương lai và suốt đời.
2. Mẹ ơi! Ðời con dõi bước theo Mẹ,
lòng con quyết noi gương Mẹ,
xin Mẹ dạy con hai tiếng xin Vâng.
Mẹ ơi! Ðường đi phủ đầy bóng tối,
bẫy chông giăng tràn muôn lối.
Xin Mẹ dạy con hai tiếng xin vâng.

3. Mẹ ơi! Mẹ tin nơi Chúa an bài.
Mẹ nên phúc ân muôn loài,
nơi Mẹ đoàn con tuôn đên nương thân.
Mẹ ơi! niềm tin bên Mẹ rạng rỡ.
Lòng con sao còn bỡ ngỡ,
xin Mẹ dạy con hai tiếng xin vâng.

Sáng tác: Mi Trầm

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13 April 2013

Xin Ban Cho Muôn Con Tim (Taizé)





Vietnamese Lyrics:
Xin ban cho muôn con tim
Xin ban cho muôn con tim
Bình an, bình an, nguồn an bình
Lạy Chúa, đoái thương ban bình an.

See also the original version: Da pacem cordium (Taizé)

See my other blog postings in the "Taizé" series of chants.

Official Taizé Community Website

Wikipedia information on the Taizé Community
- in French
- in English

Giêsu Nguồn Sáng (Bernadette Farrell)




1. Người là ánh sáng chúng con hằng mong chờ.
Người là chân lý chúng con hằng mơ.
Được làm con Chúa thông dự dân Thánh Người,
và thành đuốc soi trần gian.

ĐK: 
Giêsu nguồn sáng! 
bừng soi đêm tối, và nung nấu tâm hồn. 
Giêsu nguồn sáng! 
Chúng con sum vầy, nguyện xin rạng soi.

2. Trần gian mê đắm, Chúa ban niềm hy vọng.
Ngàn dân khao khát. Chúa ban bình an.
Một lời Chúa phán, muôn người được cứu độ
và thành tiếng nói truyền lan.

3. Người là Bánh Thánh, dưỡng nuôi người cơ bần.
Người là nước mát thế nhân đợi trông.
Đoàn con tha thiết, dâng trọn cuộc sống này,
cùng người nuôi sống trần gian.

4. Người, nơi nương náu giúp bao người không nhà.
Người, làn hơi ấm sưởi ai lạnh băng.
Đoàn con ao ước giang vòng tay đón mời,
cùng nhau nâng đỡ ủi an.

5. Này bao ơn phúc, chúng con đây mỗi người.
Hằng luôn khao khát kết hiệp cùng nhau.
Nguyện làm tôi tớ, giúp người đang khốn cùng,
cầu cho nước Chúa tràn lan.

See also the original English version: Christ, be our light (Bernadette Farrell)

Composer: Bernadette Farrell (1994)

Lời Việt: Phan Hoàng

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求主作我光 (Bernadette Farrell)





1. 期盼亮光,黑暗中等待,
我們回轉,真理尋索;
求主納作祢聖潔子民​:
世人看見之光。

(副歌)
基督真光,
照徹我心,驅散諸幽暗。
基督真光,
今來照耀屬祢教會。

2. 期盼平安,世局滿憂疑,
絕望困境怎得希望?
惟主話語展大能拯救,​
差我傳主之聲!

3. 期盼糧食,多處有飢民,
疲乏、乾涸,渴慕糧、水;
如餅擘開,主用​以分享,
藉我使人飽足。


4. 期盼居所,多人無溫暖,
獨自流浪,家在何處?
願主用我作蔭蔽居所​:
活石建築之宮。

5. 主賜我眾豐盛的恩賜,
多人渴望心有所屬!
願主使用彼此作僕人,
使​主國度來臨。

See also the original English version: Christ, be our light (Bernadette Farrell)

Composer: Bernadette Farrell (1994)

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12 April 2013

Jesus, Your Spirit in Us (Taizé)



English Lyrics:
Jesus, your Spirit in us
is a wellspring of life everlasting.
See also the original: Kristus, din Ande

See my other blog postings in the "Taizé" series of chants.

Official Taizé Community Website

Wikipedia information on the Taizé Community
- in French
- in English

Hồn Tôi Chỉ được Nghỉ Yên (Taizé)





Vietnamese Lyrics:
Hồn tôi chỉ được nghỉ yên trong Ngài Đấng Cứu Chuộc.
Trong Chúa, Đấng Cứu Chuộc tôi.
Ôi, Thiên Chúa tôi chính nguồn ơn cứu độ.
Chúa chính nơi nghỉ ngơi.
See also the original French version: Mon âme se repose

Music: Jacques Berthier (English bio) (French bio)

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Official Taizé Community Website

Wikipedia information on the Taizé Community
- in French
- in English

Về Nơi Đây (Taizé)




Vietnamese lyrics:
Về nơi đây ta hãy chúc tụng Chúa muôn đời,
về nơi đây tung hô Chúa ta.
Về nơi đây ta hãy chúc tụng Chúa muôn đời,
về nơi đây ta kính thờ Chúa.

See also the original version: Venite, exultemus Domino 

See my other blog postings in the "Taizé" series of chants.

Official Taizé Community Website

Wikipedia information on the Taizé Community
- in French
- in English

11 April 2013

Sacred Creation (Rufino Zaragoza)



Refrain
Sacred the land, sacred the water,
sacred the sky, holy and true.
Sacred all life, sacred each other;
all reflect God who is good.
1. All praise be yours through Brother Sun,
bearing a likeness of you, Most High One.
Sister Moon and Stars who are precious,
splendid, ride your glorious sky.

2. Brother Wind and Air that pervades,
vary their moods to sustain all you've made.
Sister Water, useful and pure,
lowly, freely sharing her life.

3. Through Brother Fire you brighten the night,
strong and robust yet playful and bright.
Sister Earth, our mother who nurtures,
feeding, yielding flower and herb.

Final Refrain
Sacred the land, sacred the water,
sacred the sky, holy and true.
Sacred all life, sacred each other;
all reflect God who is good;
all reflect God, all reflect God.
Text: Based on "The Canticle of Brother Sun," by Francis of Assisi (1182-1226),
adapted by Rufino Zaragoza (1990)

Music: Rufino Zaragoza (1990)

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Radiant Light Divine (Rufino Zaragoza)





Radiant Light Divine,
shine throughout this night.
Jesus, Holy One,
praise to you our Light.
As the daylight fades,
and come eventide,
dwell among us, Holy Fire.

Cristo,
Luz del mundo,
Luz y Amor.
Cristo,
Luz del mundo,
Luz y Amor.


Composer: Rufino Zaragoza (1990)

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The Cross of Love I - May the Lord bless and keep you / Ðường tình yêu (Rufino Zaragoza)









1. May the Lord bless and keep you
till your journey is complete.
May the face of God come shine on you;
God’s gracious light increase.
May the Holy One with kindness
look on you and give you peace, give you love,
to walk the Cross of Love.

2. May your heart hold creation,
all of nature do embrace.
May your pilgrimage on holy ground
awaken you to grace.
May the lowly and forgotten
show our Savior’s hidden face, found with love.
O walk the Cross of Love.

3. May your steps form a pathway
for the kingdom to appear.
May your course hold firm with constant truth
enduring doubt and fear.
May each sunrise find you eager
for the day’s an op’ning mirror of God’s love;
so walk the Cross of Love.

4. May the Lord bless and keep you
till your journey is complete.
May the face of God come shine on you;
God’s gracious light increase.
May the Holy One with kindness
look on you and give you peace, give you love,
to walk the Cross of Love.

See also alternate version: The Cross of Love - May the Voice of Angel Chorus / Song of Farewell (Rufino Zaragoza)

Composer: Rufino Zaragoza

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10 April 2013

We Adore You, Lord Jesus Christ (Taizé)








See also the original Latin version: Adoramus te O Christe (Taizé)

Music: Jacques Berthier (English bio) (French bio)

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Official Taizé Community Website

Wikipedia information on the Taizé Community
- in French
- in English

イエス内なる光 (テゼ / Taizé)





See also the original French version: Jésus, le Christ (Taizé)


Music: Jacques Berthier (English bio) (French bio)

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Official Taizé Community Website

Wikipedia information on the Taizé Community
- in French
- in English

Lord Jesus Christ (Taizé)








See also the original French version: Jésus, le Christ (Taizé)

Music: Jacques Berthier (English bio) (French bio)

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Official Taizé Community Website

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- in French
- in English

聖なる霊よ 愛の火を (テゼ / Taizé)




See also the original Latin version: Tui amoris ignem (Taizé)

Music: Jacques Berthier (English bio) (French bio)

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Official Taizé Community Website

Wikipedia information on the Taizé Community
- in French
- in English

08 April 2013

Gloria Deo (setting: Joseph Gelineau / Taizé)











Music: Joseph Gelineau (1920-2008)

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Official Taizé Community Website

Wikipedia information on the Taizé Community
- in French
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Pourquoi chercher parmi les morts (Taizé)



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Official Taizé Community Website

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- in French
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Vigilate et orate (Taizé)



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Official Taizé Community Website

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- in French
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Je suis resuscité, alléluia (Taizé)



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- in French
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O mon peuple / Improperia (Taizé)





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07 April 2013

By Your Kingly Power



Refrain:
By your kingly power O risen Lord.
All that Adam lost is now restored:
In your resurrection be adored.
1. Sing the joyful Easter cry,
Sound it to the souls in prison,
Shout our triumph to the sky:
Sing Christ risen, sing Christ risen.
 

2. Sing the joyful Easter cry,
Let all times and peoples listen:
Death has no more victory,
Sing Christ risen, sing Christ risen.
 

3. Death has lost and life has won;
Ev’ry newborn soul we christen
Now becomes the Father’s son:
Sing Christ risen, sing Christ risen


Words: James McAuley (1917-1976)
Tune: RUGGIERO, by Richard Connolly (b. 1927) 

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Bread of Life, Hope of the World (Bernadette Farrell)



Refrain:
Bread of life, hope of the world,
Jesus Christ, our brother;
feed us now, give us life,
lead us to one another.
1. As we proclaim your death as we recall your life,
We remember your promise to return again.

2. The bread we break and share was scattered once as grain:
Just as now it is gathered, make your people one.

3. We eat this living bread, we drink this saving cup:
Sign of hope in our broken world, source of lasting  love.

4. Hold us unity, in love for all to see;
That the world may believe in you, God of all who live.

5. You are the bread of peace, you are the wine of joy,
Broken now for your people, poured in endless love.

Composer: Bernadette Farrell (1982)

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06 April 2013

King's College, Cambridge - 2013 Easter Service

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EASTER FROM KING'S 2013: PASSIONTIDE TO EASTER DAY
With the choir of King's College, Cambridge

Director: Stephen Cleobury

05 April 2013

King's College Cambridge - 2011 Easter Service



EASTER FROM KING'S 2011: PASSIONTIDE TO EASTER DAY
With the choir of King's College, Cambridge

Pie Jesu (Andrew Lloyd Webber)












Pie Jesu, pie Jesu, pie Jesu, pie Jesu
Qui tollis peccata mundi
Dona eis requiem, dona eis requiem
Pie Jesu, pie Jesu, pie Jesu, pie Jesu
Qui tollis peccata mundi
Dona eis requiem, dona eis requiem
Agnus Dei, Agnus Dei, Agnus Dei, Agnus Dei
Qui tollis peccata mundi
Dona eis requiem, dona eis requiem
Sempiternam
Sempiternam
Requiem

Background Information (Wikipedia)

Composer: Andrew Lloyd Webber (1985)