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This song comes to us from presenter Ana Hernandez, with text from Sufi poet Rumi.
Here is the Sheet music, and a video file is attached below.
This haunting refrain was composed by Robinson McClellan and it can be sung in unison or as a canon in up to three parts. It incorporates a chanted text of Edward Henry Bickersteth, offering moments of quiet reflection between each statement of the refrain.
Honoring the text's roots, the composer has set the refrain in Gaelic.
"Peace, perfect peace."
"Sith lanachd sith."
Pronunciation: Shee, lahn-ahkt shee.
"Peace, perfect peace with sorrows surging round?
On Jesus' bosom naught but calm is found.
"Peace, perfect peace with loved ones far away?
In Jesus' keeping we are safe, and they.
"Peace, perfect peace our future all unknown?
Jesus we know, and he is on the throne.
"Peace, perfect peace death shadowing us and ours?
Jesus has vanquished death and all its powers."
“Night Has Fallen” is a call-and-response piece: the cantor sings a line which the people echo, and then everyone sings a refrain together. The tune, “Dzuwa Lapita”, is from Malawi, and was arranged and harmonized for publication in the UK/US by John Bell. The words in English are by Tom Colvin, but also you can make up your own calls and responses.
This song is available in the Iona Community's There Is One Among Us: Shorter Songs for Worship from Wild Goose Publications.
Here is a video of AnnaMarie Hoos leading 'Night has Fallen' at an MMC event at Bishop's Ranch in January 2016.
This is a melody from the Democratic Republic of Congo, origin unknown; arranged by John L. Bell in One is the Body, available through GIA Publications, Inc.
There Are Angels Hovering Round is a song that has come to the MMC network through multiple channels. St. Gregory of Nyssa congregants have been singing this song at funerals for many years. Peter and Mary Alice Amidon have a lovely arrangement of it on their website amidonmusic.com, where you can listen to an mp3 and purchase sheet music.
Holy, Holiness was composed by Ellen Allard, a performer and teacher who moves seamlessly between both the Secular and the Jewish world of Early Childhood. Carried to the MMC community by Rita Pihra-Majurinen, this haunting minor-key melody holds an invitation to honor the wholeness and beauty in each other and in all creation. Originally written for a Jewish liturgical context, we have also seen the song used in interfaith services and for earth-honoring rituals.
The opening phrases naturally invite call and echo, a helpful pattern for teaching the song. A shruti box or another drone instrument can help the group stay on pitch; guitar or keyboard provide wonderful accompaniment, as well.
"All around, everywhere.
In the highest sky, in the deepest sea.
Additional verses (optional):
"In my heart ...in your soul...
In all we do... in all we are...
Every step... every breath...
As with me... so with you..."
At the Music that Makes Community Holy Week Retreat in February 2016, Lindsey Nye taught this original song, written for liturgical use on Good Friday.
At the Music that Makes Community Holy Week Retreat in February 2016, Liesl Spitz leads this energetic and inclusive version of the Lord's Prayer.
At the Music that Makes Community Holy Week Retreat in February 2016, Liesl Spitz leads this energetic interpretation of the Lord's Prayer.
Here's a short meal blessing written by Lindsey Nye, in collaboration with Zachary and Rebecca Stevens-Walter. It's based on a popular (but unattributed) meal blessing.
"Some have food,
Some have none,
God bless the revolution!"
At the Music that Makes Community Holy Week Retreat in February 2016, Elizabeth Nelson taught us this powerful melody. The lyrics are: Lord Bless the hands that Share with Us And Bless the Hands that Care for Us Now Hear this Simple Prayer from Us Amen Amen Now bless the Dawning of this Day And Bless the Friends that Come our Way Now Hear your People as we Pray Amen Amen
At the Music that Makes Community Holy Week Retreat in February 2016
This beautiful canon was composed by Jacques Berthier of the Taizé Community, an ecumenical monastic community in France that prays for reconciliation and peace in the world. The distinctive chants and songs used at Taizé often set simple phrases (usually lines from Psalms or other pieces of Scripture) repeated until they work their way into the rhythms of the heart, a form of “praying without ceasing.”
This tune can be shared without printed music two ways:
1. Sing the canon from beginning to end, then line out each section of the canon using call and echo until the group is confident. Combine the phrases, then divide the group and cue one at a time.
2. Divide the group into three sections and teach one phrase of the canon to each. While the melody won't migrate around the group as it does with a canon, this strategy can be helpful when time is limited.
"Da pacem cordium"
Give peace to every heart.
Copyright for the piece is held by GIA Publications, Inc. so you'll need a OneLicense membership to print the text or music.
Shalom chaverim is a beautiful Israeli folk song, a greeting that means "peace."
This song was written in 2003 by Miriam Klamkin, and can be found on the collection MotherTongue: Weaving the Web of Life. The Lyrics are as follows:
Peace in my heart
Peace between our hearts
Peace at the heart of the world
©2003 Miriam Klamkin
This "peace" was written by Benjamin and Tamika Jancewitz who teach it in the video at an MMC event in Baltimore 2015.