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..."