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The Love of the Lord by Michael Joncas

The Love of the Lord presented by Richard and Mary Joy at St. Mary's Church.

1. All that I counted as gain now I consider as loss,
Empty and worthless to me in the light of the love of the Lord.

2. Riches and honors will fade, earthly delights disappear, 
Fade like the grass of the field in the light of the love of the Lord.

Refrain
What more could bring us hope than to know the pow'r of his life? 
What more could bring us peace than to share in his suff'ring and death? 
What more could be our final wish than to live in the love of the Lord?

3. Silver and gold have I none, no land to count as my home,
Yet wealth beyond measure I own in the light of the love of the Lord.

4. Faith is the wealth I possess finding its source in my God;
Faith in the promise of Christ is my life and my love in the Lord. (2)

The Love of the Lord, by J. Michael Joncas. © 1988, GIA Publications, Chicago, IL.

Listen at YouTube to the production recording from the album "God of Life and of the Living."


3:05 minutes (4.23 MB).

Child of Eternal Love on A Colorful Christmas album

A Colorful ChristmasChild of Eternal Love was released on a wonderfully diverse Christmas album by Fetal Records called "A Colorful Christmas" in October of 2015. You can find the song at iTunes, CDBaby, Amazon Music and Spotify. You may preview the song from this page.

Digital download of the album is available now, direct from Fetal Records.

A Colorful Christmas is a collection of Christmas songs, original and covers, in multiple genres by a diverse group of passionate and inspiring artists with different backgrounds. Featuring Internationally known bluesman Charlie Sayles, Tony Fazio, Scott Taylor, Richard Schletty, Greg Phillips, Subsidiarity, Law & Order, Ken Wenzel, and Jane Kraemer. “If you build it, they will come.” And so they came and came in force. Twelve originals and six traditional covers.

If you would like the sheet music for song, write to me. I'd love to have someone perform it.

Lead guitar: Alberto Ayuso Domingo. Rhythm guitar: David Gomez Sanz. Piano: André van Haren. Vocals: Richard Schletty.

Child of Eternal Love

[verse 1]
God, in glory, brings a star so bright.
A Son is born in a bed of barley hay.
Behold the Savior, our New Light,
Child of Eternal Love, Shepherd of the way.

[verse 2]
Mary, full of grace, will know the sorrow and the joy
of bringing forth the One Whom the prophets long foretold.
Joseph, by her side, will help raise up the Boy,
Child of Eternal Love, Flower to unfold.

[refrain]
Praise the Father of all creation
Praise the Son who conquers death
Praise the Spirit with jubilation
Grow God's love with every breath

[interlude]

[verse 3]
In the dark of night, in the winter chill,
We lift our prayers to the Trinity above.
Oh come, new Tree of Life, our hope fulfilled:
A Child of Promise of Eternal Love.

[refrain]

Copyright © 2008 Richard Schletty
www.richardschletty.com
rschletty@schletty.com Read Full Story >>>


4:12 minutes (9.99 MB).

16 Year Old Catholic Soprano Vocalist Releases Debut Album "Rejoice"

Captivating arrangements, ethereal vocals and the soulful sounds of old world instruments such as the duduk make this remarkable Christmas album a must have for the holiday playlist.  Veteran producer Michael Crittenden composed serene arrangements to match the peaceful, celestial tones of soprano vocalist Abigail Winzer who reimagines Christmas classics that celebrate the Blessed Birth of Jesus Christ.  International sacred music sensation, Arsen Petrosyan, shows why he is considered the heir apparent to the throne of Armenian Duduk music.  Often referred to as the “shepherds flute”, the combination of the soulful sounds of Arsen’s duduk and the celestial voice of Abigail seem to carry the listener back in time to Bethlehem.  Arsen and Abigail’s approach to “O Come O Come Emanuel” and “Silent Night” is simply stunning and one can easily understand why Peter Gabriel and Sting have incorporated this alluring ancient instrument into their music.  For the remaining songs, Michael adds layers of Irish Harp, Irish Whistle, soprano, alto and tenor recorder consort and lute through the artistry of Celtic musician James Spalink, which gives the remaining songs an ardent sense of character and bliss.  In addition to producing, Michael, an accomplished musician as well as producer, contributes as a musician on piano and acoustic guitar.

“Rejoice” is a soothing, peaceful Christmas album which will give the listener a chance to unwind and reflect on the reason for the season.  “Rejoice” can be purchased at iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and Google Play as well as many retail outlets.  Listen to “Rejoice” on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Groove Music and iHeart Radio among over 90 other music streaming sites.

Here is a link to a free preview:  Please "like" her page on facebook.

https://abigailwinzer.hearnow.com/

https://www.facebook.com/abigailwinzer/

Abigail is contributing a significant portion of the proceeds of this album to her music department at Muskegon Catholic Central high school.  The remaining proceeds will go towards her college fund where she hopes to continue her studies in music.

On Eagle's Wings - Michael Joncas

My presentation of a popular hymn sung at Masses, weddings and funerals. This recording was made at a funeral at St. Matthew's Church where I was cantor.

On Eagle's Wings
by Michael Joncas

1. You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord, who abide in His shadow for life, 
Say to the Lord "My refuge, my rock in whom I trust!"

Refrain:
And He will raise you up on eagle's wings, bear you on the breath of dawn
Make you to shine like the sun and hold you in the palm of His hand.

2. The snare of the fowler will never capture you and famine will bring you...  Read Full Story >>>

Sean Clive's Favorite Thanksgiving Songs

Sean Clive writes:

Thanksgiving Songs and thoughts...

Easter Song by Glad - Thanks be to God for the Resurrection!

Artist by Ben Calhoun - Thanks be to God for His creation - for creating us and loving us and holding us in being!

Remember Me by Sean Clive - Thanks be to God for the true "Thanksgiving" = the Eucharist

Preview 10 more Thanksgiving songs...  Read Full Story >>>

Free Catholic music scores and audio samples composed by Paul F. Page

Paul F. Page, composer

Paul F. Page: Breath of Dawn

Paul F. Page, composer

Paul is a good friend whom I have never met in person. We have shared music and collaborated on songs for the past 8 years. We met at MacJams.com, an online music collaboration and sharing community. 

Beautiful free music!

At his own website, Paul offers free sheet music scores and free sample audio files. 

Downloadable music includes:

More about Paul's music

Paul F. Page's music comes from a background steeped in...  Read Full Story >>>

Virtual Sheet Music – a great source for music scores and music instruction

Below are some excerpts from today's email newsletter from Virtual Sheet Music. My friend and orchestral collaborator, André van Haren, does Sibelius engravings for Fabrizio Ferrari at VSM. I assure you that the music scores from this company are meticulously prepared according to strict "house rules" (style sheets). And the practice videos are awesome. They feature concert pianist Lisa Maresch and are directed by pro audio engineer Raj Lathigara. A unique interactive video player allows you to easily speed up and slow down the tempo of the piano accompaniment audio/video track and set up loops and markings while reading your scrolling solo instrument part within the same video. The perfect tool for practice or live music performances! – Richard Schletty, Top Catholic Songs editor

Latest Sheet Music and News (November 13)

New music has been added to the Virtual Sheet Music site.

Many of our users have not discovered our entire catalog yet, so here is the link: virtualsheetmusic.com/Downloads.html

New Premium High Quality Sheet Music

These are high quality, downloadable and printable digital sheet music titles by Virtual Sheet Music® offered in PDF file format complete of audio MIDI and Mp3 files. Most of these items also include...  Read Full Story >>>

Psalm 122 - Let Us Go Rejoicing (Joncas)

Here is a practice recording for Psalm 122 for First Sunday of Advent in Cycle A of the Liturgical calendar. It was composed by Michael Joncas. 

REFRAIN: Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

1. I rejoiced when I heard them say, "Let us go to the house of the Lord."
And now our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem." REFRAIN 

2. Jerusalem is a city built with unity and strength. 
It is there, it is there that the tribes...  Read Full Story >>>


3:40 minutes (5.03 MB).

Singing Our Faith, Second Edition: a resource for faith formation

From GIA Publications:

Singing Our Faith—Second Edition

A comprehensive resource designed to aid all who prepare children for liturgy, and liturgy for children.

Hymnal: Singing Our Faith–Second Edition is an exciting mix of great music, diverse styles, and broad scope—the ultimate resource for young people, kindergarten through eighth grade. Singing Our Faith is truly a book kids can grow with—not out of—on their journey to be full participants in Sunday worship.

Leader's/Catechist's Manual: The Leader/Catechist Manual provides a wealth of information on sound liturgical principles by leading experts on liturgies with children. Noted pastoral musicians offer...  Read Full Story >>>

We Shall Rise Again (Jeremy Young)

We Shall Rise Again
Text: Matthew 11:29-30, Psalm 23, John 11, 2 Timothy 2; Jeremy Young, b. 1948
Tune: RESURRECTION, Irregular with refrain; Jeremy Young, b. 1948
©1987, GIA Publications, Inc.

Presented at the Church of St. Mary, St. Paul, MN, 55101, by Kristin, Larry and Richard.

Come to me, all you weary, with your burdens and pain. 
Take my yoke on your shoulders and learn from me:
I am gentle and humble, and your soul shall...  Read Full Story >>>

Center of My Life (Paul Inwood)

Center of My Life by Paul Inwood. Communion song at St. Mary's Church, 4:30 Mass on Saturday. Led by Kristin, Larry and Richard. Find your center here at 261 E. 8th Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA, Earth, Solar System, Universe.

Center of My Life

Refrain: O Lord, you are the center of my life:
I will always praise you,
I will always serve you,
I will always keep you in my sight...  Read Full Story >>>

Nick Alexander's Favorite Thanksgiving Songs

Nick Alexander here...

This is a list of my favorite Thanksgiving songs.

  1. Thanks by Ceili Rain
  2. Give Thanks to the Lord by John Michael Talbot
  3. Thank You Lord by Celeste Zepponi

Preview 9 more songs of thanksgiving...  Read Full Story >>>

Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery

Rendition by Richard and Mary Joy. Leave comment if you would like to hear me sing all the verses. Tune THOMAS and text composed by Marty Haugen (1984). Song info here: http://www.hymnary.org/text/tree_of_life_and_awesome_mystery

Tree of life and awesome mystery,
In your death we are reborn,
Though you die in all of history,
still you rise with...  Read Full Story >>>


1:10 minutes (1.61 MB).

Glory and Praise to Our God (Schutte)

Composed by Dan Schutte. ©1976, 2009, Daniel L. Schutte and OCP.

R- Glory and praise to our God, 
Who alone gives light to our days. 
Many are the blessings He bears, 
To those who trust in His ways.

1- We the daughters and sons of Him, 
Who built the valleys and...  Read Full Story >>>

You Are All We Have (O'Brien)

Presented at the Church of St. Mary, St. Paul, Minnesota, by Richard (voice and guitar) and Larry (keyboard). Composed by Francis Patrick O'Brien, a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston. Copyright © 1992, GIA Publications, Inc.

Refrain:
You are all we have. 
You give us what we need.
Our lives are in your hand, O Lord,
Our lives are in your...  Read Full Story >>>

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