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Santo, Santo, Santo is an Argentine folk song that has become popular in American churches and is included in many different hymnals. It is in the The Faith We Sing (#2007), a supplement to the 1989 United Methodist Hymnal. Here's an audio recording of Santo, Santo, Santo from Hymnary.org.
"Santo, santo, santo.
Mi corazon te adora!
Mi corazon te sabe decir:
Santo eres, Dios!
English singing translation:
"Holy, holy, holy.
My heart, my heart adores you!
My heart knows how to say to you:
You are holy, Lord!"
This gentle, expressive song by John Bell is a powerful invitation into a space of loving trust.
"Don't be afraid, my love is stronger,
My love is stronger than your fear.
Don't be afraid, my love is stronger,
And I have promised to be always near."
Copyright for the piece is held by GIA Publications, Inc. so you'll need a OneLicense membership to print the text or music.
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.