As St. Augustine says, “Singing is for the one who loves.” Music is therefore a sign of God’s love for us and of our love for God. In this sense, it is very personal … By its very nature song has both an individual and a communal dimension. Thus, it is no wonder that singing together in church expresses so well the sacramental presence of God to his people. (Sing To The Lord, 3).
To the members, guests, and visitors of Old St. Pat’s, and to all those who find themselves at mass here — I not only invite, but implore you to join in our beautiful tradition of assembly singing as you participate in our liturgies. To help you feel at ease, please see below for some of our music for this season of Winter Ordinary Time.
I offer this for you to listen, pray, and even practice this music (some of which is new to our community!) during this season. Please visit here to see the worship aid for this coming week for a preview!
We will be gathering to If Today (Bolduc), Gathered As One (Tate) and a new setting of a Ruth Duck text “Diverse In Culture, Nation, Race” from the fall set to the Parting Glass tune by Mark Scozzafave:
A new piece by Marty Haugen titled We Sing God’s Truth will again be part of our liturgies this winter, reminding us of the truths of God’s love and hope a time when “truth isn’t truth” and political showdowns tangle the notions of fact and favor, sacred sign and cynicism.
Another piece that I am bringing back is Liam Lawton’s Sail The Soul, a lilting song of comfort, guidance, journey, and healing that is textually based on the writings of St. Columcille .
I call your attention to a piece we introduced last year called I Will Lift My Eyes. I love the arc this piece takes from the introspective challenge to outward confidence and inspiration, reflected simultaneously in the music and text. The text for I Will Lift My Eyes is inspired by a tenth-century Celtic poem, Psalm 121, and the well-known prayer writings of Thomas Merton. Tony Alonso weaves them together as one and pairs it with his original music–– hopeful and invigorating in its equanimity––crafting this beautiful prayer that we sing together.
Here’s the prayer for reference!
My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you
does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road,
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always though
I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
Emboldening our steps with a new piece featuring a familiar tune… The Church of Christ Cannot Be Bound is based on the McKEE tune (known to many as “In Christ There Is No East Or West”) was originally an Irish tune taken to the United States and adapted by African American slaves. The response to this have been great so far, thank you! I’m humbled when I hear our assemblies freely taking a risk to sing new music (especially pieces I have written)
As we prepare to welcome Tony Alonso for a concert at OSP on May 3, 2019, we are introducing a piece of great reverence and lyricism with Tony’s The Greater Glory of God. I highly encourage you to add this and any of his albums to your playlists.
We’ll be sent forth as mission-driven people with a new closing song from the repertoire of great commissioning pieces: Chris de Silva’s Go Out To The World. I’m excited to hear our assembly sing this out in resounding unison! Later in Lent, we’ll be singing The Lord’s Prayer (Steve Warner), and and asking God to hear our prayers by reciting together “Lord Hear Our Prayer”
OUR NEW PIANO
All of this prayerful and engaging music will be led and centered around our new Steinway Model B Grand Piano. Many of you know that we have opened our new space at 625 W Adams for the sacredness of liturgy, discussion, debate, learning, and celebration. I wanted to honor that new space with its unique attributes with our Steinway Model D that has anchored our church ministry for 10 years. This afforded myself and Dominic the opportunity to perform exhaustive research and seek out the best new instrument for the church. Our search led all across the Chicagoland area and finally to the Steinway factory in New York. The Model B allows us more flexibility in our configurations, stronger acoustic sound, and the vitality of a new Steinway instrument.
For more highlights from the piano selection, please have a look at our video!
Mark Scozzafave, Director of Music Ministries
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