Song of the Week

Each week we will present a song that we will be singing the following weekend at mass.  Please check back each Monday for updates!


October 15, 2018 - Christ Has No Body Now But Yours by Steven Warner

This week's song during the presentation of the gifts is based on the words of St. Teresa of Avila.  St. Teresa wrote “Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which to look out Christ's compassion to the world. Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good; Yours are the hands with which he is to bless men now.” The text reminds us that we ourselves must bring about the Kingdom of God.  


October 8, 2018 - Prayer of St. Francis by Sebastian Temple

Prayer of St. Francis is a song that Catholics around the world are familiar with.  It was composed in the period following the Second Vatican Council and uses the words of St. Francis of Assisi.  The song has been recorded many times since it was written by many artists.  It is frequently selected as a song for both weddings and funerals.  This weekend we will sing Prayer of St. Francis during the presentation and preparation of the gifts.  Here are two recordings of the song.  One is an original recording and the other is a more updated, modern recording.  




October 1, 2018 - Gather the People by Dan Schutte

We introduced this song a number of years ago.  One of the great benefits of Gather the People is that it works nicely in many parts of the liturgy.  A few weeks ago we sung it at the presentation of the gifts.  This coming Sunday we will use it as our gathering song.  In a few weeks we will sing in during communion.  It probably ranks as one of the songs with the most verses, having 10 different verses!  It is a great song to sing as we gather together, whether at the beginning of mass, as the altar is prepared or as we process up to receive communion.  


September 24, 2018 - Take and Eat This Bread by Paul Tate

This weekend we will sing a communion song that we introduced last spring during the Holy Triduum.  Take and Eat this bread uses the words of Jesus at the last supper, which we hear during Holy Week each year.  It is a fitting communion song to sing at any time of the year, but especially in the fall when the Gospel readings often begin to take a turn and lead us to the end of Jesus' life on earth.  The beginning of each verse proclaims, "Come before the table, come with all your heart."  We come with all our heart each Sunday as we approach the table of the Lord seeking healing, forgiveness, hope and comfort.  At the Lord's table be find love, faith, peace and truth.  The recording below is from St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC.


September 17, 2018 - We Are Called by David Haas

Sorry for the delay in posting this week...we ran into some technical difficulties with the website.  This coming weekend we end our liturgies by singing We Are Called.  In this song we are called to act with justice, to love tenderly, to serve one another, and to walk humbly with God.  When David was at our parish a few years ago to perform, he told the audience that he cautions people to not get caught up in the liveliness of the tune, but to focus on the text. So, here is the text of the three verses of the song.  Read through it and then pray this song with us on Sunday.  (Please note, the text is reprinted under ONE LICENSE #A-700443.  It may not be reprinted without permission.)

1. Come! Live in the light! Shine with the joy and the love of the Lord! We are called to be light for the kingdom,
 to live in the freedom of the city of God! We are called to act with justice,
 we are called to love tenderly, we are called to serve one another; to walk humbly with God!
2. Come! Open your heart! Show your mercy to all those in fear!
 We are called to be hope for the hopeless so all hatred and blindness will be no more!
 We are called...
3. Sing! Sing a new song! Sing of that great day when all will be one!
 God will reign, and we'll walk with each other  as sisters and brothers united in love!
 We are called...

September 10, 2018 - Take Up Our Cross by Curtis Stephen, Sarah Hart and Marc Byrd

Next Sunday we hear Jesus in the Gospel telling his disciples that "whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me."  The song Take Up Our Cross beautifully sets this text to music.  We often sing this song on Palm Sunday as we travel into the sacred Triduum, as well as in Ordinary Time following Christmas when we hear of Jesus calling his disciples.  In the video below you will see two of the composers, Curtis Stephan and Sarah Hart, talk about how they wrote this song.


September 3, 2018 - Gloria (Glory to God)

This week the song of the week could actually be called the song of the year.  The Gloria (Glory to God) is a hymn that we sing every Sunday, except during the seasons of Advent and Lent.  While there is a lot of freedom in the choice of music for mass, the Gloria is one of the only hymns that has a required text that needs to be sung.  Composers have the liberty to create various melodies for the text of the Gloria, however they cannot change, rearrange or paraphrase any of the words.  The Gloria is sung following the Penitential Rite every Sunday and feast day.  At St. Anselm we have 3 settings that we sing of the Gloria depending on the time of the year.  During Ordinary Time we sing a setting of the Gloria from the Mass of Renewal.  This is the one we are currently singing.  During Easter and any time there is a feast day throughout the year we sing a setting from the Mass of St. Ann.  And, during the Christmas season we sing a setting based on the carol Angels We Have Heard on High, which makes it easy for those who are visiting us during the Christmas season to join in singing the Gloria.  For more information on the Gloria and it's history click HERE for an article by Dr. Glenn Byer.  Here are the settings of the Gloria from Mass of Renewal and Mass of St. Ann.  You will probably find them very familiar!


August 27, 2018 - Blest Are They

This coming weekend we will sing Blest Are They during the communion procession.  Blest Are They was selected because the Communion Antiphon that the church assigned to next Sunday is based on the Beatitudes, which is also what Blest Are They is based on.  While there are many musical settings of the Beatitudes, Blest Are They is probably the most well know.  It was written by David Haas, a liturgical composer with over 40 years of composing music for the church.  Recently David wrote a book titled "I Will Bring You Home" in which he shares the stories behind some of his most beloved compositions.  He is currently going on tour throughout the country singing songs from his book.  He will be coming to St. Anselm on Thursday, November 8th and our choir will be performing with him in a concert that you will not want to miss!  Here is recording of Blest Are They as well as a video of David talking about his book.  



August 13, 2018 - Hail, Holy Queen

With the Feast of the Assumption this Wednesday our song of the week will feature a Marian hymn.  Hail, Holy Queen is a hymn that is nearly 1000 years old.  Written around 1080 by Contractus Hermannus, this hymn was originally in Latin and translated many years later in the late 1800's.  This song became well know among Catholics and non-Catholics alike when it was featured in the movie Sister Act.  Sister Mary Clarence (Whoopi Goldberg) took over as choir director and this was the first song they sang under her leadership, which was the beginning of people returning to the church and eventually led to the Pope himself coming to that church as well.  


August 6, 2018 - Psalm 34 by Tom Booth

This week's song is a setting of Psalm 34, "Taste and see the goodness of the Lord."  It is the Responsorial Psalm that we will sing for the next three Sundays.  We have been hearing readings about the multiplication of the fish and loaves, the manna in the desert, and Jesus being the Bread of Life.  A similar theme will continue over the next couple of weeks.  As such, the assigned Responsorial Psalm is Psalm 34.  The verses that the cantor will sing each week will change slightly, but the refrain will remain the same.  


July 30, 2018 - Open My Eyes by Jesse Manibusan

A song that has become a staple in Catholic liturgy over the past years is Open My Eyes.  This song began simply as a song for the composer, Jesse Manibusan's, parish and then spread like wild fire to parishes around the world.  It has been translated into and sung in many languages.  Listen to this great interview with Jesse Manibusan on the Open Your Hymnal podcast by clicking HERE to hear more about how this song came to life.  Scroll down to "Open My Eyes" which is episode #9. This Sunday we will hear Jesus tell the apostles that he is the true Bread of Life and that those who come to him will never hunger.  This can be a hard concept to grasp, even today.  The apostles, and all of us, need to ask God to "open our eyes" so that we can see who Jesus really is, to "open our ears" to hear his voice. and to "open our heart" to love as Jesus loves.  


July 23, 2018 - Make of Our Hands a Throne by Steven Warner

This week we present a new communion song that we will be using, Make of Our Hands a Throne.  The song was composed by the former director of the Notre Dame Folk Choir, Steven Warner, and the recording below was sung by the choir on one of their earlier albums.  This week in the Gospel we will hear the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand people who had followed him.  This leads into the Gospels of the next two weeks where we hear about Jesus as the Bread of Life.  We will sing Make of Our Hands a Throne during the communion procession for all three Sundays.  In the refrain we sing, "Make of our hands a throne to hold the bread of heaven, make of our hearts a home to hold the very wine of life, in this mystery, Lord, make us one in you."  The verses are taken from Psalms 34, 65, 78 and 145 as well as Didache, all of which have a Eucharistic theme to them.


July 16, 2018 - We Come to You by Josh Blakesley

Next Sunday is the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time.  In the Gospel we hear that Jesus told his disciples to come away to a deserted place and rest.  This comes after this past weekend's Gospel where Jesus sent the disciples out two by two with nothing but a walking stick to preach repentance.  We will be singing the song We Come to You during the communion procession.  As we sing the words, "we come to you, broken, hungry, make us whole again" we can imagine how to disciples may have felt broken and hungry after driving out demons and healing many who were sick, despite most likely not being welcomed or listened to in many places.  One of Communion Antiphons taken from Psalm 110 reads, "The Lord, the gracious, the merciful, has made a memorial of his wonders; he gives food to those who fear him."  As we come to the Lord's table feeling broken and hungry, we too seek the food that the merciful Lord will provide.  In this week's video the composer, Josh Blakesley, talks about how he came to write the song We Come to You.