17 May 2015

Uher Hymn: Behold, how like a monarch



I began writing this hymn long before 9/11. I decided it was in its finished form in 2003.  This year it strikes me as extremely valuable from the end of Eastertide, Pentecost Sunday, and Whitsuntide.  Contact me via vincentuher3 AT gmail DOT com if you would like to make use of it in some fashion.



Behold, how like a monarch
Peace enters in to reign
when all things rightly ordered
proclaim Christ's true domain.
God crowns each true peacemaker
with blessings from above
to share with friend and neighbour
the treasure of God's love.

The sacrifice of Jesus,
his rising from the dead,
his sending of the Spirit
turns this world on its head.
The promise of our Saviour
sings, 'Heaven is at hand.
Receive the Holy Spirit.
Peace to you and your land.'

Long nights we knew of warfare,
of desperate people's cries.
We see how nations falter
destroyed by greed and lies.
Christ's Cross, a contradiction
"Lay down your life for friends
so justice, hope, and mercy
fill the world's farthest ends."

To put an end to terror
we long to do what's right.
To save the world from horrors,
to vanquish evil's might.
Unless God leads and guides us
we turn Earth into hell.
Christ, shepherd all the nations
so all things shall be well!

Christ's peace, the Church's power,
His peace, our bravest song.
His sacrifice, his bleeding
make peace where once was wrong.
His Gospel mark our actions.
Our actions be as prayers
till Christ rules every nation,
swords beat into ploughshares.

Creator of all nature,
the Word through whom Life came,
the Spirit through us moving,
One God, we praise your Name.
We tell out your great goodness,
your tenderness and might
by which you end all terror.
Your peace crowns all with light.




Words: Copyright © 2003 Vincent Uher. All rights reserved.
Suggested tunes: Es flog ein kleins Waldvöglein (Woodbird)
or Passion Chorale (Herzlich thut mich verlangen)
Meter: 76 76 D

09 May 2015

Be ye doers of the Word

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30 April 2015

Excellent Eastertide U.S. Recordings

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One of my favourite Eastertide recordings is 'EASTER: Hymns, Carols, and Anthems' from All Saints Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills, California.  I think it is one of the best recordings of its kind with a mixed voice chorus in the United States.  The arrangements are splendid, and the voicing of the recording is very good. Click below on the Amazon image of the album to listen to previews at Amazon.  If you cannot find it locally, obviously Amazon has it on offer.  But do try to 'Buy Local' as my friends here like to say.



Another Eastertide recording of great worth is 'Easter Triumph, Easter Joy' from the Shrine and Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. 

 [The CD I have has a couple of voicing issues where the brass seem to stand out above the chorus too much.  But I am very, very picky.]  

All in all it is a recording of superb quality from one of the rare bastions of excellent choral music in the Catholic Church in the USA. 
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27 April 2015

Paul Creston: Psalm 23

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Psalm 23 by Paul Creston
Jeff Prillaman, tenor 
Dr. Charles Hulin IV, piano

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26 April 2015

Comes Wisdom



"In our sleep, pain which cannot forget
falls drop by drop upon the heart
until, in our own despair,
against our will, comes wisdom
through the awful grace of God."


Aeschylus
Agamemnon



25 April 2015

RADIO WALSINGHAM ONLINE

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During this Paschaltide please do listen to RADIO WALSINGHAM ONLINE.  The station is an apostolate of Our Lady of Walsingham Institutes of Catholic Culture Studies in Houston, Texas.  The music will be as a blessing upon your daily duties and night watches.


If you do not care for the annoying commercials, you may wish to join Live365.com as a VIP member for $6 a month (at the present moment) and then listen without commercial interruption.  VIP members hear much more beautiful music during the day.

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22 April 2015

Richard J. Clark's 'Lumen Christi'

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Lumen Christi
Paschal Candle Processional
by Richard J. Clark
Saint Cecilia Parish Choir, Boston

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16 April 2015

Bach: Oster-Oratorium, BWV 249

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Johann Sebastian Bach
Easter Oratorio (in German: Oster-Oratorium), BWV 249
Václav Luks conducts Collegium 1704 

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15 April 2015

The Simplest 'Regina coeli' in English

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A friend asked if there was a very simple setting in English of Regina coeli laetare that his musically challenged parish could learn and sing.  

The easiest by far is to use the melody sung to the Easter hymn Jesus Christ is risen today with the following text:  


Joy to thee, O Queen of heav'n!  Alleluia!
He whom it was thine to bear; Alleluia!
As He promised hath aris'n; Alleluia!
pray for us to God above. Alleluia!


The contractions heav'n and aris'n may take some getting used to, but as a text and tune it is the very simplest I know about.  

The only published version of this text with which I am familiar is to be found in the St. Ambrose Hymnal of the Western Rite Vicariate of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese.  In that hymnal the text can be found as the fourth verse of the Paschal hymn Jesus Christ is risen today.

[The tune is usually called 'EASTER HYMN' and is an altered form taken from Lyra Davidica, 1708.  The metre is 77.77 with alleluias.]

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14 April 2015

Bearing Witness: Psalm 66: 16-20

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     16   Come and hear, all you who fear God;
                let me tell you what he has done for me.

     17   I cried out to him with my mouth;
                his praise was on my tongue.

     18   If I had cherished sin in my heart,
                the Lord would not have listened;

     19   but God has surely listened
                and has heard my prayer.

     20   Praise be to God,
                who has not rejected my prayer
                or withheld his love from me!

Psalm 66:16-20 
[orig. NIV]

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13 April 2015

Ēriks Ešenvalds - O Salutaris Hostia

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“When you live life like a saint, and when you die, 
this is what you hear in Paradise."




O Salutaris Hostia
Ēriks Ešenvalds

Hannah Partridge
Rachel Ambrose Evans
The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge

Stephen Layton, Conductor

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12 April 2015

Ola Gjeilo: "SUNRISE MASS"

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Audiences have been tremendously enthusiastic about Ola Gjeilo's compositions.  To my mind Gjeilo's 'Sunrise Mass' can only be compared to Morten Lauridsen's "Lux Aeterna" — and today's audiences (who are starving spiritually) need to hear both works.   May you be blest in listening to this masterpiece of beauty and faith.




Sunrise Mass 
by Ola Gjeilo
Bel Canto Choir Vilnius
Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra
Arturas Dambrauskas, conductor

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Дивна Любоевич, Пасхальный концерт

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A Blessèd Pascha 
To all of my Orthodox Christian family and friends!

Christos voskrese!
Christ is risen! 




Дивна Любоевич, Пасхальный концерт 2012.04.16
Divna Lyubojevich, Paschal Concert 16 April AD 2012

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Quasimodogeniti Sunday: Alleluia Verses

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Alleluia after First Reading:





Second Alleluia:



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Elgar's 'The Kingdom', Op. 51

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Elgar's The Kingdom, Op.51




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Serbian Orthodox Pascha Hymn

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Easter song performed by musical orchestra ''Stupovi'' 
and various Serbian singers and celebrities, 
dedicated to the resurrection of Christ, 
made as a part of an appeal for funds 
for reconstruction of medieval Serbian orthodox  
Monastery ''Pillars of Saint George''

Ljudi likujte, narodi čujte:
Hristos voskrse, radost donese!
Zvezde igrajte, gore pevajte,
Hristos voskrese, radost donese!
Šume šumite, vetri brujite,
Hristos voskrse, radost donese!
Mora gudite, zveri ričite,
Hristos voskrse, radost donese!
Pčele se rojte, a ptice pojte
Hristos voskrse, radost donese!

Anđeli stojte, pesmu utrojte,
Hristos voskrse, radost donese!
Nebo se snizi, zemlju uzvisi,
Hristos voskrse, radost donese!
Zvona zvonite, svima javite,
Hristos voskrse, radost donese!
Slava ti Bože, sve ti se može,
Hristos voskrse, radost donese!
Anđeli stojte, pesmu utrojte,
Hristos voskrse, radost donese!
Nebo se snizi, zemlju uzvisi,
Hristos voskrse, radost donese!
Zvona zvonite, svima javite,
Hristos voskrse, radost donese!
Slava ti Bože, sve ti se može,
Hristos voskrse, radost donese!

Sv. Vladika Nikolaj

People rejoice, all nations listen:
Christ God is risen! Let us rejoice!
Dance all ye stars and sing all ye mountains:
Christ God is risen! Let us rejoice!

Whisper ye woods and blow all ye winds:
Christ God is risen! Let us rejoice!
O seas proclaim and roar all ye beasts:
Christ God is risen! Let us rejoice!

Buzz all ye bees and sing all ye birds:
Christ God is risen! Let us rejoice!
O little lambs rejoice and be merry:
Christ God is risen! Let us rejoice!

Nightingales joyous, lending your song:
Christ God is risen! Let us rejoice!
Ring, O ye bells, let everyone hear:
Christ God is risen! Let us rejoice!

All angels join us, singing this song:
Christ God is risen! Let us rejoice!
Come down ye heavens, draw near the earth:
Christ God is risen! Let us rejoice!

Glory to Thee, God Almighty!
Christ God is risen! Let us rejoice!
Glory to Thee, God Almighty!
Christ God is risen! Let us rejoice!
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11 April 2015

Stephanie Martin: Now the Queen of Seasons

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Here is a splendid new composition by Stephanie Martin sung by the Pax Christi Chorale and students from Fr. John Redmond Catholic School and conducted by the composer herself:


Now the Queen of Seasons
Stephanie Martin, composer

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10 April 2015

Phillips Brooks Easter Hymn of the Angels

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Bishop Phillips Brooks
It is time to share with you, dear Reader, an Easter hymn by Phillips Brooks, an Episcopalian bishop, upon the neglected theme of the Holy Angels of the Day of Resurrection.  (No doubt you are familiar with his Christmas carol O Little Town of Bethlehem.)

The text of Phillips Brooks hymn printed below is taken from The Wartburg Hymnal, that remarkable hymnbook so influential upon the editors of The Hymnal 1940. The text deserves a new hymn tune, but it can be sung to the tune 'ST GERTRUDE' (Onward, Christian Soldiers) which many still know.   But for now let us read it, pray it, and ruminate upon it:


GOD hath sent His angels to the earth again,
Bringing joyful tidings to the Sons of men.
They who first at Christmas, thronged the heav'nly way,
Now beside the tomb-door sit on Easter Day.
Angels, sing His triumph as you sang His birth,
“Christ, the Lord is risen.”
“Peace, good will on earth.”

In the dreadful desert, where the Lord was tried,
There the faithful angels gathered at His side;
And when, in the garden, grief and pain and care
Bowed Him down with anguish, they were with Him there.
Angels, sing His triumph as you sang His birth,
“Christ, the Lord is risen.”
“Peace, good will on earth.”

Yet the Christ they honor, is the same Christ still,
Who, in light and darkness, did His Father's will;
And the tomb deserted, shineth like the sky,
Since He passed out from it, into victory.
Angels, sing His triumph as you sang His birth,
“Christ, the Lord is risen.”
“Peace, good will on earth.”

God has still His angels, helping at His Word,
And His faithful children, like their faithful Lord;
Soothing them in sorrow, arming them in strife,
Opening wide the tomb-doors, leading into life.
Angels, sing His triumph as you sang His birth,
“Christ, the Lord is risen.”
“Peace, good will on earth.”

Father, send Thine angels unto us, we pray;
Leave us not to wander, all alone our way;
Let them guard and guide us, whereso'er we be,
Till our resurrection brings us home to Thee.
Angels, sing His triumph as you sang His birth,
“Christ, the Lord is risen.”
“Peace, good will on earth.”


The Right Reverend Phillips Brooks
Christmas Songs and Easter Carols
1877

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Schola Magdalena: Stephanie Martin's 'Alleluia'

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Schola Magdalena sing Alleluia by Canadian composer Stephanie Martin.  The piece is sung and recorded in the Church of St. Mary Magdalene (Anglican) in Toronto.

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