Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Songs, Hymns and Music for Maundy Thursday (April 17 2014)

Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14  
The sacrifice and eating of the Passover lamb
 Agnus Dei
* O Christ, Lamb of God (Bruxvoort-Colligan) A more modern Agnus Dei, with Christ sharing our weakness. Lyrics and sound sample. 
*ATAR648 Lamb of God you take away the sin of the world (Keil) A simple and quite lovely extended Agnus Dei, with extra verses of Morning Star, God with Us, Prince of Peace…  

*AoV1-196 / GC171 / GC(II)152 / RS 329 Jesus, Lamb of God (Agnus Dei) from Haugen’s Mass of Creation. My favourite “Jesus Lamb of God”, I think. Sound sample and lyrics.
*GC213 / GC(II)319 / RS 469 / URW414 Jesus Lamb of God from Joncas’ Psallite Mass. Okay, this one is my favourite too, but I think I like it twice the speed of the sample at
TiS 705 / Iona (Common Ground, EoA) / W&R282 / SP320 Behold the Lamb of God he takes away the sin (Bell) A simple Agnus Dei. Best if you can manage to get all four parts involved.
*Sing Alleluia Jesus Lamb of God (Pulkingham) This is one of my absolute favourite Agnus Deis (what's the plural of Agnus Dei?). A little bit of the tune. Good for kids.
GC(II)174 Jesus Lamb of God (Agnus Dei) (Proulx) A simple chant. Cantor and response.
AHB 448 Holy most holy Lamb of God (Niles) Funky Philippino tune. Yeah, something groovy in the AHB!
*Music by Heart 06 Lamb of God (McClellan) A simple, and quite lovely call and response. This would be very easy to sing even if new, provided you have a good song leader. Good for kids.
CH778 Lamb of God you take away (Gustafsson) A very simple Agnus dei. Easy to sing. 
G(3)238 / Lau590 Lamb of God (Storrington) (Haugen)
*ATAR657 Jesus, lamb of God (Mann) A nice new Agnus Dei. Quite simple to sing.  
Lau1011 Lamb of God (Belmont) (Walker) A very simple and beautiful meditative Agnus Dei.  Sound sample
*GC(II)318 / G(3)392 O Lamb Of God (Batastini) Quite lovely and soothing call-and-response Agnus Dei. Sound sample. Lead sheet.
STB129 Lamb of God (Wu) An unusual Agnus Dei set to a Taiwanese tune. Will need to be taught Iona / SP228 / URW413 Lamb of God you take away the sin of the world (Bell) A simple overlapping cantor and response. It will need to be taught, but it will not take long for people to pick it up. ST BRIDE
WoV621 Lamb of God you take away the sin of the world (Haugen) A canon. In 3/4. Seems quite nice and simple.
Iona (T1AU) / CH790 O Lamb of God (Bell) Nice; will need to be taught before you use it.
The word became a song Jesus Lamb of God (Mann) Quite simple. Good for communion.
Recorded music Agnus Dei There are very very many classical versions of the Agnus Dei. It might be nice to play a recording while communion is distributed, or while people light candles for their prayers. Some favourites: Agnus Dei set to Samuel Barber's Adagio; I also like Palestrina. And Dunstable.
Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 
A vow to the Lord, and lifting the cup of salvation…?
GC109 I Will Walk in the Presence of God (Daigle) A simple lilting refrain. Inclusive verses. This could maybe be used as a chant on its own. Sheet music & lyrics. Sound sample.
PfAS116D I love the Lord who heard my cry (Watts)  This uses just the first line of the old Watts hymn, with inclusive language, as a Psalm refrain. Nice.  
URW311 I love you Lord you hear my cry (Watts) A simple song with two verses, or you could use it as a Psalm refrain with the text read by a leader. It would be pretty amazing if you can sing it in 4 parts, I reckon. The 2nd verse could be quite appropriate on its own during intercessions.
TiS 71 / VU617 / HPSS362 / G(II)97 / GC108 I will walk in the presence of the Lord (Proulx) A beautiful cantored Psalm. The refrain is very simple. Doesn’t make sense without the cantor. 
*Taizé / TiS 741 / AoV1-017 / ATE 282 / LBW368 / ELW407 / GA431 / SFFS 2200 / GtG471 / G(II)410 / GC586 / GC(II)566 / G(3)666 / W&R484 / Srce519 / URW390 / Lau929 O Lord hear my prayer (Berthier) A simple and very well known Taize chant. Works well during intercessions. You could read the Psalm between repeats of this chant, or just use as a chant as is. Good for kids. 
*Linnea Good Psalm 116 is particularly beautiful and simple “I love you God; I know you listen. You listened on the day I cried. When I called out to you in anguish, you were my presence and my guide”. Good for kids.
*TiS 709 / Taizé Chuyo chuyo (Berthier) A Korean hymn, appropriate for an intercession response. Not hard for non-Koreans! means "Lord hear us".
TiS 727 / ATE 208 / CH121 / VU745 / AA70 In the presence of your people (Chambers) A good Yiddish tune - lots of fun for kids and adults. Good to get fast and dance around on this one. Maybe not for your typical Maundy Thursday service. Good for kids.
GC(II)755 O the weary world is trudging / The trumpet in the morning (Cooney) Song of release of prisoners and the trumpet's blast. Kind of weird sound sample. Sung to a sacred harp song (Morning Song).

1 Corinthians 11:23-26 and John 13:1-17, 31b-35   
The words of institution;
You might also like to look at the Communion songs page.
*Tune In II (BUC only) I Remember (Brown) Our musicians sang this last year while people are moving in to the space for communion "I remember a man who came for his last meal, ate it with a group of friends and it changed the world".
*WoV701 / ELW487 / URW119 What Feast of Love (Dufner) Very poetic devotional language about Christ as the bread, light and wine. Sung to GREENSLEEVES. Maybe better as a solo initially so people can just listen to the beauty of the words. Perhaps sung during distribution of communion, or a song to sing while thinking about the prepared table? 
*ATAR659 The night of his betrayal / Remember now my children (Ylvisaker) A good simple song of the words of institution. Will be easy to sing.
*AoVNG15 Bread of Life (Poirier) A nice gentle song. Would be good for distribution of communion. Particularly good for Maundy Thursday. Our musicians sang it last year, and it was just lovely. I think we could just do it again!
*CH763 / MV193 God bless to us our bread (Traditional Argentinian) A lovely simple grace for meals and for communion. More Voices has Spanish and French lyrics as well as English. "God bless to us our bread, and give bread to all those who are hungry, and hunger for justice to those who are fed. God bless to us our bread". Sound sample (Track 1). Good for kids
*GtG207 Sharing Pascal bread and wine / Shadows lengthen into night (Bringle) Maundy Thursday A great song for a Tenebrae service, with the chorus "Shadows lengthen into night", but could work for other services too.  
*NCH344 / Iona (Enemy of Apathy) / GA385 / G(II)611 / Lau638 The time was early evening (Bell) Great words to a familiar Celtic folk tune. We used to sing this one often on Maundy Thursday; would be good to revisit it. "Oh the food comes from the baker, the drink comes from the vine..."
*TiS 538 / AoV2-093 Feed us now Bread of life (Mann) One of my favourite communion songs. Simple to sing, and beautiful simple theology. “Piece of bread, cup of wine, Lord this food is good”. Lyrics (search for "feed us now"). I love how the liturgy in the link intersperses the words of institution with the singing of the song. I think it's so great that there are so many orders of worship on the Internet!
*GtG498 Loaves were broken words were spoken (Stuempfle) Communion Excellent words for communion sung to the familiar tune BEACH SPRING. Lyrics (downloads a pdf that you will need to scroll through)
TiS 707 / Iona (Common Ground, LFB) / A&M429 / SP214 Bread is blessed and broken (GRACE IN ESSENCE) Very simple. Good for distribution of communion; not all versions are inclusive. Lyrics.
*ELW466 / FFS38 / SFFS 2255 / GtG533 In the singing in the silence (Murray) Lovely words, simple tune in FFS; there are quite a few tunes to this. Lyrics and single-use only downloadable PDF.
*TiS 536 / AHB 453 / VU130 / GtG202 / PH094 / CP(E) 130 / W&R275 / Cha385 / Lau248 An upper room did our Lord prepare (O Waly Waly) I really love this song, but we have not sung it much, even though it's so easy and lovely. Lyrics.
*TiS 357 / ATA 147 When his time was over the palms lay where they fell / When our life began again (Mann) Beautiful and mournful. Lyrics.
*Tune In II (BUC only) Harvest our love (Brown). This song is just perfect for every communion service ever. It would be good to sing this again, because it's been a while. Jazz.
*TiS 737 / Iona (Common Ground, HSNW, T1AU) / A&M516 / SP142 / URW427 / Lau437  Lord Jesus Christ lover of all (Bell) A beautiful and simple chant. Note that some versions (T1AU at least) has a beautiful 4 part harmony arrangement with excellent moving parts in the lower registers. Would work well during intercessions or during times of movement in the service.
ATA 135 / VU132 Bitter was the night (Carter) Lyrics based on Peter's denial of Christ. Lyrics and sheet music.
Iona (T1AU) / Cha430 Lo I Am With You to the end of the world (Iona / Bell) Simple repetitive verses, in a nice minor key. Sheet music (pdf).
*ATW 472 / NCYC'99 As we take this bread (Dyson) A lovely simple communion chant. Good for kids.
ATOK 397 / Iona (LFB) / CH658 / VU462 / A&M426 / GtG428 / CP610 / Cha391 / SP211 Before I take the body of my Lord / These I lay down A pre-communion confession. Lovely tune which is easy to sing. Lyrics.
*Taizé / TiS 714 / AoV1-125 /ATE 270 / CH661 / UMH628 / VU466 / WoV709 / ELW472 / GA205 / A&M442 / G(II)588 / GC838 / GC(II)806 / G(3)941 / RS928 / CP063 / W&R697 / Cha414 / SP229 / URW379 / Lau633 Eat this bread drink this cup (Batastini / Taize) Excellent, particularly if you have a capable cantor. Some resources say "Come to him and never be hungry", but others have "come to me / trust in me".
*ATW 478 / Iona (T1AU) / CH799 / A&M469 / G(3)951 / SP230 / URW420 This is the body of Christ (Bell) A very simple and gentle chant for distribution of communion "This is the body of Christ, broken that we may be whole; This cup, as promised by God, true to God's word, cradles our Lord: food for the good of the soul." Note, I did a sneaky little lyric change there... see if you can find it.
Iona (Enemy of Apathy) He comes in the gathering gloom (Iona)  
CH484 / UMH579 / WoV666 / ELW358 / A&M169 / PH353 / CP442 / CP(E) 133 / W&R55 / SP57 / URW087 Great God Your Love Has Called Us Here (Wren) Good words to a standard hymn tune (MELITA). Gathering, confession, response, communion, and sending out all in one hymn. This is a good all-rounder.
VU458 / AA017 / W&R276 Christ let us come with you (Murray) Tune in AA is very simple. Good song for Maundy Thursday and the last week of Lent. Lyrics and sheet music.
*ATAR658 Jesus, you are the bread (Farrell) Excellent communion song, with 5 verses about God being bread and wine for those who starve and thirst; themes of healing, restoration and justice.

Songs for foot-washing:
G(II)297 In a Spirit of Thankfulness (Guimont) The verses are kind of wordy, but the chorus would be good to use during foot-washing, especially if you have a good cantor or soloist who can sing the verses while others move about. Lyrics and sheet music sample. Sound sample.
*TiS 640 / AHB 561 / ATE 310 / NCH498 / UMH432 / VU593 / WoV765 / ELW708 / HPP446 / GtG203 / PH367 / G(II)296 / GC409 / GC(II)429 / G(3)505 / CP504 / W&R273 / Cha600 / URW116 / 82Hml-602 / Lau241 Jesu Jesu fill us with your love / Kneels at the feet of his friends (Colvin & people of Ghana) Lyrics. Good for kids 
*On the road Mystery of servant love (Langmead) Excellent song, with much feeling about Christ's suffering, death, and servanthood.
*Recorded Music The basin and the towel (Michael Card) Excellent lyrics about how this story lives again every time we "wash the feet" of others. Thanks to Pam Purdin in the Facebook group for suggesting this song. Lyrics. Youtube. Sheet music.
GC(II)431 / G(3)507 Jesus our teacher and our Lord / So you must do (Haugen) A nice song for the musicians to sing during foot-washing; it's not so easy. Lead sheet. Sound sample.
*Taizé / CH801 / MV170 / StJ / GtG205 / WoV665 / ELW642 / SFFS 2179 / GC408 / GC(II)430 / G(3)500 / CP553 / W&R399 / Cha523 / URW394 / Lau244b Live in charity / Ubi Caritas (Taize) Usually sung in Latin, but can also be sung just as beautifully as "Live in charity and steadfast love, live in charity; God will dwell with you." Sheet music and sound samples for practice. Good for kids. 

End of service:
*Iona (The courage to say no) / CH371 / StS085 Lay down your head Lord Jesus Christ (Bell / Maule) This song would be good for the end of a Maundy Thursday service, particularly if sung simply by a soloist if it is not familiar to your congregation. "What lies ahead we fear to guess… Lay down your head and, by your side, we'll sleep and stay".We sang this a couple of years ago.
Iona (T1AU) / Cha430 Lo I Am With You to the end of the world (Iona / Bell) Simple repetitive verses, in a nice minor key.
*Taizé / AoV2-088 / ATOK 395 / CH793 / VU950 / ELW348 / GA325 / A&M172 / SFFS 2198 / GtG204 / W&R286 / SP61 / Lau249 Stay with me / Bleibet hier (Berthier) A very well known chant, and it's been far too long since we've sung this, IMHO. Sheet music and sound samples.
*Tune In II (BUC only) Silence, we walk the journey saying nothing / Stay Awake (Lees) This new song from Chris Lees would be a more modern way to end the service, and more upbeat. It could also be prety laid back. We did this once a few years back.
Iona / VU33 Watch, watch and pray (Iona) This Advent chant also has lyrics for Maundy Thursday
Taizé / ATE 287 / WoV667 / GA321 / G(II)298 / GC411 / GC(II)433 / G(3)502 Stay here and keep watch (Berthier) Not very well known, but very good for the end of Maundy Thursday. Most would use "Stay with me, remain with me", but this is a nice alternative.
Taizé / CP194 / URW392 Stay with us / Bleib mit deiner Gnade / Night will soon fall (Taizé) Another good one from Taize. The phrase "Night will soon fall" is particularly appropriate for Maundy Thursday. Sheet music and sound samples.


Anonymous said...

Don't forget Alleluia Aotearoa 17 Christ, let us come with You (to the upper room) Gibson/Murray

labyrintharmidale said...

I'll be playing Allegri's Miserere sung by King's College Cambridge as part of the Maundy Thursday service I'll be playing the organ at.
Who'd have thought I'd become a church organist!
Joy Bowles (Armidale)

Anonymous said...

Good evening: just stewing over Thursday's music. Another sneaky adjustment could be 'given' for 'broken' which seems more appropriate. Love this one. Christine Moimoi

Anonymous said...

PS Copyright doesn't really give us space to change words so we need to be cautious. Where possible seek permission. Christine Moimoi

Lectionary Singer (Natalie Sims) said...

Hi Joy,
Lovely to hear from you - and amazing to think of you as church organist!

Generally I tend to only change lyrics if it's Public Domain, or if I have a source where the lyrics have been changed. The other time I sometimes change the lyrics is if the song is a solo, or not being sung by the congregation - that way the words are not printed in a way that changes the intent of the author, and probably no-one but me will notice the lyric change! :-)