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For the Love of Humanity: a Divine Mercy chant based on messages from Christ to St. Faustina

I was inspired by lyrics posted by TCS member asiansa09, in her blog post here at TCS: "For the Love of Humanity." Dan was hoping that someone could set her lyrics to music. I took on the challenge. 

Initially, I composed an upbeat Folk-Gospel styled song which greatly modified Dan's lyrics. It is called God's Gift to All the World and is posted here.

Next, I created a chant-styled song that is much more faithful to Dan's original lyrics and is totally different than the Folk-Gospel version. Listen to it below. I sing along with my dulcimer.

Let me know what you like and do not like. I appreciate the feedback. Let me know if you would like notated sheet music for this. 

For the Love of Humanity

I have seen water and blood 
flowing out from the heart of Christ.
Blessing my brothers and sisters 
for all generations.

A message from Christ to Sister Faustina
for the love of humanity:

Christ wants to illuminate the way for us
and draw every soul to his heart.
His image is a fountain of...  Read Full Story >>>


I have seen water and blood flow from Christ's heart
The light radiate from the heart of our savior
To our brothers and sisters for generations.

Messages from Christ to sister Faustina
For the love of humanity
Christ wants to illuminate his love for all
To draw every heart of mankind to himself
That he will show his mercy for every soul
Wherever Christ pictures displace.

Message from Christ to sister Faustina
For the love of humanity
Christ shows himself to every soul
To whom sees the picture of Christ
Radian with his heart of light red and white
Represent blood and water flows from his heart.

Message from Christ to sister Faustina
For the love of humanity
Christ will save souls who comes for his mercy
He shows souls who is sinful will see the lights of salvation
Upon his heart he shows his mercy for humanity
The flows of water and blood from Christ.

Psalm 118: Let Us Rejoice / This Is the Day the Lord Has Made (Haugen)

Easter Sunday 11:30am Mass at the Church of Saint Mary in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota. Our small ensemble sings Psalm 118: Let Us Rejoice (This Is the Day the Lord Has Made). Musical setting by Marty Haugen.

This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad! 
This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad!

1. Give thanks to the LORD, for God is good, God's mercy endures for ever;
Let the house of Israel say: “God's mercy endures for ever.” (Refrain)

2. The hand of the LORD has struck with power, God's right hand is exalted,
I shall not die, but live anew, declaring the works of the LORD. (Refrain)

3. The stone which the builders rejected has become the...  Read Full Story >>>

Psalm 118: Give Thanks to the Lord - Guimont 2010

Psalm 118 for Second Sunday of Easter - cycle A. Practice recording was made in my basement studio. Second recording was done at St. Mary's Church, 11:30 Mass.

Music: Michel Guimont. The Revised Grail Psalms Copyright © 2010, Conception Abbey/The Grail, admin. by GIA Publications, Inc., All rights reserved.

R. Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting.

Let the house of Israel say,
     “His mercy endures forever.”
Let the house of Aaron say,
     “His mercy endures forever.”
Let those who fear the...  Read Full Story >>>

Sacramentum: Music Inspired by the Seven Sacraments, by Antonio Resende

I'm a Catholic musician/composer from Brazil and I'd like to promote my instrumental music inspired by the Seven Sacraments. My site is

My music written in various genres can be found here:

Highlights of Antonio Resende's Sacramentum album:

Sacramentum: Music Inspired by the Seven Sacraments

“Sacramentum” is a deepening musical experience inspired by the seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church. From Baptism to Matrimony, each track takes the listener through a prayerful journey within the unfathomable Divine Mysteries of the Sacraments. If there is a word that can sum up “Sacramentum,” it’s "Hope." Let the blessed journey begin!

History of the Sacramentum project

I am a dedicated layman member of the Comunidade Raízes de Jessé (Community of Alliance), whose charisma is "Awakening the Love of God in man", currently serving as minister of music. I also Serve the Parish Paróquia Santa Clara de Assis as minister of music and recently as a minister of the Eucharist. I work with composition / production of soundtracks for film, TV and music in general.

In late 2014, I wanted to release a song I had made dedicated to the Archangel Raphael. Composed in Epic / Film style, I thought it would be a good idea to release it on Youtube. So, I started researching various channels. I found that this style is very common not only in cinema but also in today's games. Readily, some channels volunteered to create videos with this song, but seeing the finished videos, I had a surprise. There was a clear tendency to something very dark or even satanic, in many of these channels, judging by the aesthetics and symbolism of the images.

I thought then to create a project with religious songs in the same style, with the initial aim of evangelizing the public. I put this project in prayer and a few months later came the inspiration to make songs inspired by the Seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church. The style would be epic and instrumental. A soundtrack to meditate about the Sacraments. For example...

READ MORE HERE: Sacramentum Project

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$10 anthems from St. James Music Press: Martin and Schweizer

Details here: St. James Music Press $10 Anthem Program

April 19, 2017  - Our $10 Anthem Program 

Happy Easter! Now that the intensity of Holy Week has passed, we hope that you'll give our $10 anthem program a look!

We're still featuring two pieces each week that you may download without becoming a subscriber. If you choose to use one or both, the cost is just $10 (per-anthem please...) You can send us a check. Then make whatever copies you need and put it in your library.

THIS WEEK - we've added a handbell piece!

Yes, it's the honor system. We trust you. Ten bucks.

Here are this week's offerings.

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Come Down, O Love Divine - Roland Martin
This is the Pentecost anthem you've been waiting for! Fire in the organ part and a singable, easy choral setting incorporating Veni Creator Spiritus. SATB and organ. Now OPTIONAL brass and timpani parts, make this a stunning anthem for the Birthday of the Church! 

Wondrous Carillon - Mark Schweizer
For 3 octave handbells. Level 3. Includes the tunes Deo Gracias (O Wondrous Type, O Vision Fair) and What Wondrous Love Is This. Engaging effects including an optional C3 - Singing Bell note.

As a subscriber to SJMP, of course you can...  Read Full Story >>>

On a Cross

On a cross You gave Your life
A ransom for my sin
A sacrifice amazing
New life for me to win
Jesus, let me comprehend
The gratitude I owe
For the great love You give me
And Graces galore

Sometimes I fail to listen
To Your voice in my heart
My selfish mind then reckons
And justifies my thoughts
Lord, I do regret my every sinful deed
Please, please forgive me
Humbly I plead


Often I fail to spurn
the tempter’s call
Help me to see the burn
Of my nonsensical fall
Strengthen my resolve to live within Your love
Grant me Your blessings
From heaven above


CCLI Australia Song No. 7024178

Psalm 22: My God, My God (Guimont)

"Psalm 22: My God, My God" for Passion (Palm) Sunday.

Voice and guitar: Richard Schletty. Piano: Mary Joy Rieder. Presented as the responsorial psalm at the Church of Saint Mary, Saint Paul, Minnesota, Passion (Palm) Sunday 2017. Music: Michel Guimont. Text: © 2010 Conception Abbey and The Grail, admin. by GIA Publications.

These images of the Passion of Christ are from the Stations of the Cross located at the Church of Saint Mark in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The Stations were restored at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Funding was provided by Saint Mark’s Council of Catholic Women.

Photography, sound and video production: Schletty Design,

REFRAIN: Gm6 - Dm/F - Em7(b5) - Fmaj7 - Gm7 - Am Dm
VERSES: Dm Dm7 Gm6/D Gm6/D Am/C Bbadd9 Gm A

REFRAIN: My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?

All who see me deride me;
     they curl their lips, they toss their heads:
“He trusted in the LORD, let him save him;
     let him release him, for in him he delights.”

For dogs have surrounded me;
     a band of the wicked besets me.
They tear holes in my...  Read Full Story >>>

Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley

Above: Recorded at the Church of St. Matthew in St. Paul, MN, on April 9, 2017.

Above: The original version of this song in GIA Comprehensive 2nd edition hymnal is in Bb. I lowered it to key of G in this basement guitar recording. 


Jesus walked this lonesome valley.
He had to walk it by Himself;
O, nobody else could walk it for Him,
He had to walk it by Himself.

We must walk this lonesome valley,
We have to walk it by...  Read Full Story >>>

Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)

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Here is my basement guitar recording of a traditional song called "Were You There." This one was cut especially for Bob Young the Poet.

Below in the audio player is a recording of the song made at St. Mary's Church on Palm (Passion) Sunday 2017. Richard at mic and on guitar. Mary Joy at keyboard. 

1. Were you there when they crucified my Lord? 
Were you there when they crucified my Lord? 
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. 
Were you there when they crucified my Lord? 

2. Were you there when they nailed him to the tree? 
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree? 
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. 
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree? 

3. Were you there when they pierced him in the side? 
Were you there when they pierced him in the side?
Oh, sometimes it causes me to...  Read Full Story >>>

Stations of the Cross: Were You There? (with harmonica)

A meditation on the suffering, death and rising of Jesus Christ with a harmonica rendition of "Were You There?" Audio and images recorded at the Church of Saint Mark, Saint Paul, Minnesota. These oil-on-canvas Stations of the Cross were restored at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Funding provided by Saint Mark's Council of Catholic Women. Intro text and harmonica by Chris Engelmann. Photography, sound and video production by Schletty...  Read Full Story >>>

Psalm 22: My God, My God (Paul F. Page)

Here are two renditions of "Psalm 22: My God, My God," a responsorial psalm composed by Paul F. Page.

1) Psalm 22: My God, My God (Paul F. Page) – a richly layered demo by Paul with piano, woodwinds and two voices

2) Psalm 22: My God, My God (Paul F. Page) – a barebones demo by Richard Schletty with solo voice and arpeggiated guitar

Free sheet music and audio file links are below.

See numerous other free original liturgical music compositions by Paul F. Page – for  solo voice, chorus, piano and organ) Read Full Story >>>

Psalm 22: My God, My God (Haugen)

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Psalm 22: My God, My God. Music by Marty Haugen. © 1983, GIA Publications.

Refrain: My God, my God, O why have you abandoned me?

All who see me laugh at me,
they mock me and they shake their heads:
"He relied on the Lord,
let the Lord be his refuge." (refrain)

As dogs around me,
they circle me about.
Wounded me and...  Read Full Story >>>

Mesmerizing Credo Setting (SATB) styled after Machaut

Published 3 April 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski at Corpus Christi Watershed:

This year's Symposium will be spectacular, and the response—from all over the world—has been overwhelming. The musical program, which is close to being finalized, almost seems a direct response to an article I wrote last January entitled True Vs. False Diversity. We have a bewildering variety of styles, and new works by famous composers will be revealed.

The Credo, arranged by Chaumonot, uses 14th-century polyphony by a Catholic priest named Guillaume de Machaut, who died in 1377AD:

    * *  PDF Download • CREDO based on Guillaume de Machaut

Fr. Machaut’s harmonies begin at the 0:28 marker:

TWO YOUNG LADIES IN HIGH SCHOOL, Sarah and Jacqueline, generously helped record the rehearsal videos for these 14th-century harmonies. Sing through each individual line (cf. #5984) because the power is revealed “horizontally.” We created the rehearsal videos to help choirmasters, who have such a difficult vocation! Just the other day, I was pondering how... 

Read full story at Corpus Christi Watershed

Table Song (Haas)

Learning this song for Mass at St. Matt's. 

Text and tune by David Haas. (c) 1991 GIA Publications.

REFRAIN: We are the body of Christ. Broken and poured out, 
promise of life from death, we are the body of Christ.

1. Is not the bread of life we break a sharing in the life of God?
Is not the cup of peace out-poured the blood of Christ?

2. How shall we make a return to God, for goodness unsurpassing?
This saving cup we shall hold high and call out...  Read Full Story >>>

The Cross of Jesus (O'Brien)

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Above video: Practicing "The Cross of Jesus" for Mass this weekend. Song composed by Francis Patrick O'Brien. (c) 1996 GIA Publications.

MP3 audio file below: Our real time presentation of "Cross of Jesus" on April 1, 2017 at St. Matthew's Church. Jill Kilzer on keyboard.

Come, O God, renew your people, we who long to see your face.
Strengthen hearts that have grown feeble; fill our lives with truth and grace.
Only you can win our freedom; only you can bring us peace.
Only in the cross of Jesus will the captives find release. 

Deep within create a new heart; melt away the winter chill.
Help us now to make a new start, help us now to...  Read Full Story >>>

Psalm 130: With the Lord There Is Mercy (Marty Haugen)

With the Lord There Is Mercy. Practicing a popular setting of Psalm 130 by Marty Haugen. (c) 1983, GIA Publications.

REFRAIN: With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.

1. From out of the depths, I cry unto you, Lord, hear my voice, come hear my prayer; O let your ear be open to my pleading.

2. If you, O Lord, should mark our guilt, then who could stand within your sight? But in you is found...  Read Full Story >>>

Lance and Byrd: $10 choir anthems from St. James Music Press

Details here: St. James Music Press $10 Anthem Program

Here are two $10 anthems for the week. You may download these without becoming a subscriber. If you choose to use one or both, the cost is $10 (per-anthem please...) Just send them a check. Then make whatever copies you need and put it in your library.

Pentecost, the birthday of the church! Yes, a bit ahead of time, but we know you like to plan ahead.

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Holy Spirit, Gentle Dove - Steven Curtis Lance
SAB and piano or organ with text by the composer: A tender and moving prayer to the Holy Spirit. Also a beautiful anthem for ordinations and baptisms (Easter Vigil!)

I Will Not Leave You Comfortless - William Byrd
SATB Choir a cappella or lightly accompanied. Dating from 1607, I will not leave you comfortless (Nos vos relinquam orphanos) is a delicious anthem - two minutes of Renaissance bliss - employing wonderful imitation between the voices as well as having interior and terminal Alleluias. Originally for five voices, (AATTB), this is an arrangement for SATB retaining the all harmonic complexity and beauty of the original. Your choir will love this! Text from John 14. Perfect for Pentecost, but great anytime.

Remember, as a subscriber to SJMP, of course you can download these and everything else on the site anytime, anywhere. Once you're a member of St. James Music Press, everything on the site is yours! Download it, copy it. pass it out to the choir, and... 

Healer of Our Every Ill (Haugen)

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Healer of Our Every Ill. Richard Schletty: voice and nylon guitar. Recorded and mixed with Apple Logic Pro X.

Composer: Marty Haugen. © 1987, GIA Publications, Inc.

Healer of our every ill,
Light of each tomorrow,
give us peace beyond our fear,
and hope beyond our sorrow.

1. You who know our fears and sadness,
grace us with your peace and gladness.
Spirit of all comfort, fill our hearts.

2. In the pain and joy beholding
how your grace is...  Read Full Story >>>

Without Seeing You (Haas)

Without Seeing You. Text: Inspired by 1 Peter 1:8; David Haas, b.1957. Tune: David Haas, b.1957. (c) 1993, GIA Publications, Inc. Practicing here for 10 a.m. Mass at St. Matthew's Church on St. Paul's West Side (Minnesota). Not sure if I should use my electric or my nylon acoustic guitar. Probably moving too fast with the tempo here. 

Without seeing you, we love you. 
Without touching you, we embrace. 
Without knowing you, we follow. 
Without seeing you, we believe. 

1. We return to you deep within, 
leave the past to the dust. 
Turn to you with tears and fasting, 
You are ready to forgive. (Refrain)

2. The sparrow will find a home 
near to you, O God. 
How happy we who dwell with you, 
forever in your...  Read Full Story >>>

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