'Be Still My Soul' Music Ministry presents new arrangements this Sunday

Music Ministry News \ 2018.07.27


This Sunday, the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, our women’s choir will be singing 2 new arrangements during the 10am and 12pm masses at St. Charles:



Be Thou My Vision is a beloved Irish hymn that dates back to the 6th century and is attributed to St. Dallán Forgaill. This new arrangement by award winning composer and arranger, Dan Forrest, is a gorgeous 3-part arrangement of this ancient and beloved hymn climaxing with the line “Heart of my own heart, whatever befall” and will be a wonderful aid to our time of worship.


Ecce Panis Angelorum is a Latin text by St. Thomas Aquinas from the 13th century, part of a larger sequence for the Mass of Corpus Christi, translated to Hail, angelic Bread of Heaven. This arrangement is by an Italian composer, Giovanni Battista Polleri, and is a beautiful piece to meditate on as we conclude Communion.


Our men’s choir will be singing at Saint Mary’s at 8am and at Holy Family at 10am. They will sing an arrangement of As We Gather at your Table set to the hymn tune known as Nettleton, composed at age 22 by printer John Wyeth (or possibly Asahel Nettleton).

As as communion meditation the men will sing an arrangement by Sally DeFord of For the Beauty of the Earth, by Folliott S. Pierpoint, wrote the hymn at age 29. At the time, he was mesmerized by the beauty of the countryside that surrounded him, hence including the lyrics “For the beauty of each hour, hill and vale and tree and flow’r, Sun and moon and stars of night…”


Additionally the men will present R. Cook’s arrangement of Be Still My Soul, a hymn in which we are praying for healing for our pastor, Father Eric, set to the well-known tune Finlandia by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, originally part of a larger orchestral work. “Be still my soul, thy God doth undertake To guide the future as he has the past. Thy hope, thy confidence, let nothing shake. All now mysterious shall be bright at last.”

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