Holy, Holiness


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.
Holy, holiness.

In the highest sky, in the deepest sea.
Holy, holiness."

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..."

Find sheet music for purchase on Ellen's website.

She has also recorded the song on her Bring the Sabbath Home album: 


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