St. Cecilia — Pray for us!
"There’s A Wideness in God’s Mercy" is one of the hymns chosen for our celebration of Mass on the first Sunday in Lent. Its lyrics were written by a 19th century English clergyman.
Frederick Faber (1814-1863), born in Yorkshire, England, was one of a number of English clergy who converted from the Anglican Church to Roman Catholicism in the Romantic era of hymnody in the 19th century.
Faber was born an Anglican and was raised in a Calvinist home. He became an Anglican priest after graduating Oxford. Influenced by his friend John Henry Newman (1801-1890) who converted from Anglicanism to Roman Catholicism in 1845, Faber also converted to Catholicism that same year.
Both Newman and Faber were influenced by the rituals and tradition of Rome. Faber formed a community in Birmingham called “Brothers of the Will of God.” Newman joined the Oratory, an order of secular priests established in 1564 by St. Philip Neri in Rome, and Faber eventually followed him there. Hymnologist Albert Bailey noted, “Father Faber was the moving and guiding spirit [of the Oratory] as long as he lived, a great preacher and a man of charming personality.”
Drawing inspiration from the hymns of John Newton, William Cowper and the Wesleys during his Anglican youth, he recognized that Roman Catholics lacked a tradition of more recent metrical hymnody in English. He took it upon himself to remedy this. By the time he died, he had contributed 150 hymns, all composed after his conversion to Roman Catholicism.
Shepherd Me, O God
All Are Welcome
In Christ There Is No East or West
Baylor University performance of Paul Wohlgemuth arrangement. Choir starts at about 2:00 in.
Here is a link to rehearsal tracks for Jesus Child, the anthem we’ll be singing Christmas Eve.
(Link is fixed — sorry for the problem!)
Advent Music at St. Ignatius is an opportunity for spiritual preparation as we look forward to the celebration of the incarnation of God, Emmanuel. For the first week of advent, the choir will sing "Advent Promise," by Jon Paige and Pamela Martin.
And on the Third Sunday of Advent we’ll sing "Just Beyond the Manger: by Joseph Martin.
We will begin singing the Mass of Renewal at St. Ignatius on November 27th, 2011, the first Sunday of Advent. It is an award-winning musical setting of the new translation of the Roman Missal.
Mass of Renewal by William Gokelman and David Kauffman Mass Setting. National Pastoral Musician’s (NPM) Winner of their national contest for best new mass setting: Kauffman "Kneeling Angel" Mass of Renewal. Includes Gloria, Alleluia, Lenten Acclamation, Sanctus, Acclamations, Amen, and Lamb of God. Excerpts from the English translation of The Roman Missal © 2010, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. Musical setting: Copyright © 2010 GFTSMusic Publishing Company, Inc. www.massofrenewal.com Administered by International Liturgy Publications www.ilp.org All rights reserved. Used with permission.Excerpts from the English translation of The Roman Missal © 2010, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.