Musical Meditations

April 2020

Apr 20

Be Not Afraid (Bob Dufford)

Performed by Libby Saxton (Director of Music and Liturgy at St. Michael) and Ken Boyce (Director of Music at St Joan of Arc). Reflection by Libby Saxton: The popular Catholic hymn "Be Not Afraid" is found in hymnals of every Christian denomination. It is the perfect prayer for times of transition, fear, and grief. The title comes from...
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Apr 16

Set Us Free by Jeff Fricker

 "Set Us Free" is by our very own Jeff Fricker, Pastoral Musician and Social Justice Coordinator for St. Michael the Archangel. Reflection by Jeff Fricker: "Set Us Free" was recently composed, with inspiration from the Holy Spirit, for our parishioners.The concept of "Set Us Free," amid this Coronavirus...
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Apr 10

Holy Week Music Day 5: Who Is the Crucified

Holy Week Music Day 5: Who Is the Crucified? (Bluett and Keil) Ken Boyce, singer; Libby Saxton, pianist Text by Kate Bluett, Music by Kevil Keil Text © 2012 Kate Bluett; Music (c) 2012 Kevil Keil (ASCAP). Published by OCP. All rights reserved. Music is all recorded under podcasting/video streaming license provided by onelicense.net...
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Apr 8

Holy Week Music Day 4: Psalm 22

Holy Week Music Day 4: Psalm 22 (Francis Patrick O'Brien) With Ken Boyce (Music Director, St. Joan of Arc) and Libby Saxton (Director of Music and Liturgy, St. Michael) Reflection by Libby Saxton: This version of the psalm that we hear and proclaim on Palm Sunday is a haunting melody in its simplicity. The abandonment that Jesus felt, and we...
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Apr 7

Holy Week Music Day 3: Save Your People

Holy Week Music Day 3: Save Your People (Jim Farrell) Prayed by Libby Saxton and Ken Boyce A Reflection by Libby Saxton, Director of Music and Liturgy: This simple plea: "Save your people, O Lord" is one that we hear often during Lent, and yet so appropriate now as we cry out each and every day for healing, for connection, for...
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Apr 6

Holy Week Music Day 2: What Wondrous Love

What Wondrous Love (Josh Blakesley) Prayed by Ken Boyce and Libby Saxton A Reflection by Libby Saxton, Director of Music and Liturgy: It is the question of all time. What kind of love would take my place in death? What amazing love? What wondrous love? This repetition of this hymn is what really drives home the question. How can we help but...
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Apr 5

Holy Week Music Day 1: Behold the Cross

Behold the Cross (Bob Hurd) Prayed by Ken Boyce and Libby Saxton A reflection by Libby Saxton, Director of Music and Liturgy: This song has been a standard for St. Michael's Parish during Holy Week. The 8th grade students at St. Michael School have also recently adopted it for use during their "Living Stations." This simple melody...
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