Monday, March 15, 2010

It Was Amazing Grace

Good Monday to you all.

It was such a pleasure to play at the two Sunday Masses at my parish—St. James—yesterday. The "closing hymn" was Amazing Grace. It was terrific to see every person in the place remain in their spots singing every word of every verse. We began in F major, then I modulated up to G major for the final verse. Sister Barbara of our parish staff came up to me after Mass and said that the singing "gave me goosebumps." I then asked her to hang around for a little while so that she could hear the choir sing a piece that we will be singing for Palm Sunday and Good Friday, Patrick Bradley's Only Love. Click here to find the piece on WLP's web site, then click the "Listen" button. The lyrics to the refrain are quite powerful: "Only love held him there on the cross; he could have called ten thousand angels to come to his rescue; only love held him there on the cross."

On Wednesday I'll be flying out to California for the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. They are doing some live streaming this year, so if you have some time on Friday and Saturday, be sure to visit their streaming site:

I hope your Fourth Week of Lent is a good one as you draw closer to the renewal of your baptismal promises at Easter.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

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