Musical Meditations

Original Songs and More from St. Michael Music Ministries

LATEST MUSICAL MEDITATIONS - CHRISTMAS ORGAN MUSIC

Three Christmas Preludes by Christopher Uehelin
Performed by Libby Saxton, Director of Music & Liturgy
Bring a Torch Jeanette IsabellaIt Came Upon a Midnight Clear | Silent Night 


Three Christmas Pieces by David Lasky
Performed by Libby Saxton, Director of Music and Liturgy
Of the Father's Love Begotten (Divinum Mysterium) Joy the the World

We hope you enjoy these three pieces by David Lasky performed by Director of Music & Liturgy, Libby Saxton. The first is based on an ancient Christmas chant Divinum Mysterium or Of the Father's Love Begotten. This piece is well suited for the oboe stop on this Schantz organ. The next is a trio on Joy to the World or hymn tune Antioch. This contemporary piece is written in baroque style and is just beautiful. The solo is our pontifical trumpet. The last is also based on Joy to the World but is a wonderfully grand piece with the melody in the feet!

ADVENT ORGAN MUSIC: PARTS I AND II

Three Bach Preludes
Performed by Libby Saxton, Director of Music & Liturgy
Wake, O Wake, and Sleep No Longer | Savior of the Nations, Come | Good Christian Friends, Rejoice

We would like to present you with three preludes from Bach based on hymn tunes. The first song is "Chorale Prelude on 'Wachet auf, uns die Stimme'" BWV 645. This hymn is in our hymnal under the title "Wake, O Wake, and Sleep No Longer" and is based on Matthew 25:1-13. The second song is "Chorale Prelude on 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland'" BWV 659. This Advent hymn in English is "Savior of the Nations, Come" and is meant to sound mysterious and just a tad bit sorrowful. It is a great mystery why the Lord of the universe would want to come down to earth as a vulnerable baby just to suffer persecution and a cruel death to save a sinful people. This is contrasted by the bouncy and happy "Chorale Prelude on 'In dulci jubilo'." This is based on a Christmas hymn and is in our hymnal under "Good Christian Friends, Rejoice." This last song was originally attributed by Johann Sebastian Bach but later given credit to Johann Michael Bach.
 


Three prelude settings of Advent hymns arranged by Michael Burkhardt
Played by our Music Director, Libby Saxton:
Once He Came in Blessing | No Wind at the Window Lo, How a Rose E're Blooming 

Libby loves these settings by Michael Burkhardt. "Once He Came in Blessing" is a traditional Lutheran hymn about how Jesus came to save us. "No Wind at the Window" is a haunting Advent melody by John Bell about how the Angel Gabriel came to Mary and how she willingly said, "Yes." Lastly, this setting of "Lo, How a Rose E're Blooming" combines a bit of "O Come, O Come Emmanuel." It is a wonderful Advent song about how the Rose, the Emmanuel, the Love, the Lord is coming.

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ST. MICHAEL ORIGINAL SONGS

Sing Alleluia (Jeff Fricker)

Sing Alleluia was inspired by our joyful pastor who dances down the aisle at the end of Mass! Fr. Benson Okpara inspires us to spread the Good News while smiling and dancing and loving everyone we meet!

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Gathered (Jeff Fricker)

This easy to sing melody poured out one day of Jeff as he was reflecting on how we now gather as Church, in person and around our screens.

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Chalice of Hope
(Jeff Fricker and Roxanna Rish)

 

Inspired by a homily given by Msgr. Jay Clarke, "Chalice of Hope" has a driving beat with a message that Jesus is our light, our hope, our salvation.

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We Turn To You
(Jeff Fricker and Roxanna Rish)

 

We Turn to You is a poem-prayer for this crazy life. In the good times and the hard times, we turn to God.

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Set Us Free (Jeff Fricker)


Set Us Free was written for the people of St. Michael's. It begins with the line, "Gathered here as one," a reflection on how we are in spiritual communion but longing to be physically together.

FULL VIDEO AND LYRICS