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    Ite Missa Est Alleluia Alleluia

    Ite Missa Est Alleluia Alleluia

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    0:17 minutes (269.79 KB).

    Psalm 8: O Lord, Our God - Trinity Sunday (by Richard Schletty)

    Psalm 8 - Trinity Sunday - cycle C
    Composed and performed by Richard Schletty This is my submission to the Sunday Psalm

    Guitar and voice version:

    Piano and voice version:

    Song lead sheet (PDF), piano + voice staff notation (PDF) and two audio file demos (MP3) are available for download at bottom of story. Much credit and thanks go to Paul F. Page and André van Haren for help with piano arrangement and engraving.

    Be sure to check out the piano + voice version in the attachments below.

    Amaj7        D        Cmaj7          Bm7     Cmaj7   A   Cmaj7 A
     O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!
    Verse 1
    Cmaj7          D            Bm7                  Em
    When I see the heavens, the work of your fingers,
        Cmaj7        Bm7               E
    the moon and the stars which you arranged,
    Cmaj7    D                   Em           
     what is man that you should keep him in mind,
        Am7    Bm7                   E    E7
    the son of man that you care for him?  
    Verse 2
    Cmaj7         D               Bm7            Em
     Yet you have made him little lower than the angels;
         Cmaj7     Bm7       E
    with glory and honor you...  Read Full Story >>>

    Sequence for Pentecost: Mode I (guitar and voice)

    Sequence for Pentecost. Voice and 6-string nylon string guitar performed by Richard Schletty. Text: Sequence for Pentecost, 13th Century; translated by Peter Scagnelli, © 1983. Tune: Mode I; accompaniment by Adrian Engels, © Interkerkelijke Stichting voor het Kerklied.

    There are two days on the church calendar (Easter and Pentecost) when the liturgy calls for a "sequence," a special hymn that may be sung or recited before the gospel. The sequence for Pentecost dates from the 12th century. This setting's text is an English translation by Peter Scagnelli. It is #981 in GIA's RitualSong hymnbook and #470 in GIA's Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition.

    The song art is the center portion of a massive 50-foot-wide mural I painted for Holy Spirit Parish a few years ago. Details here: Grasped by the Holy Spirit mural

    Sequence for Pentecost

    Holy Spirit, Lord Divine,
    Come, from heights of heav’n and shine.
    Come with blessed radiance bright!

    Come, O Father of the poor,
    Come, whose treasured gifts endure.
    Come, our heart’s unfailing light!

    Of consolers, wisest, best,
    And our souls’ most welcome guest,
    Sweet refreshment, sweet repose.

    In our labor rest most sweet,
    Pleasant coolness in the heat,
    Consolation in our woes.

    Light most blessed, shine with grace
    In our heart’s most secret place,
    Fill your faithful through and through!

    Left without your presence here,
    Life itself would disappear,
    Nothing thrives apart from you!

    Cleanse our soiled hearts of sin,
    Arid souls refresh within,
    Wounded lives to health restore!

    Bend the stubborn heart and will,
    Melt the frozen, warm the chill,
    Guide the wayward home once more!

    On the faithful who are true
    And profess their faith in you,
    In your sev’n-fold gift descend!

    Give us virtue’s sure reward,
    Give us your salvation, Lord,
    Give us joys that never end!

    3:15 minutes (7.45 MB).

    A Free Gift from St. James Music Press

    May 10, 2016 - A FREE GIFT from St. James Music Press 


    It's almost Pentecost! The church year is just flying by, and we're thinking that we might tempt you with something sweet. Hmmm, tempting, you say?
    For two-part mixed choir - men and women [trebles] with organ. An idyllic, sumptuous setting of a text by Christina Rossetti. The two parts start in unison, then enter in canon, then move into gentle harmony. Nothing difficult about this one - just exquisite writing. You will love it! The text is general enough to sing anytime, based on Matthew 6:26-28. A perfect summer anthem: flowers, birds, God's grace ... what more could you ask for?

    Of course, our cunning plan in offering you this free anthem is to get you to realize that a yearly subscription to SJMP (only $139) will allow you to download anything and everything on this site - well worth the price  - just calculate the cost of three or four new anthems for your choir.

    We put 125 new works on the website last year - anthems, cantatas, organ pieces, hand bell music, hymn harmonizations ... these added to the already 1650 works already there - a HUGE catalog, and something for everyone.
    So, if you're not yet a member of SJMP, we're happy to... 

    Psalm 47 - God Mounts His Throne (Haugen)

    Music by Marty Haugen. Copyright © 1983, GIA Publications. Sung at the Church of Saint Mary in downtown Saint Paul, MN, on 5/7/2016. Richard Schletty: vocals and guitar. Kristin Evans: vocals. Larry Strom: piano. 

    God mounts His throne to shouts of joy
    Oh, sing your praises to the Lord

    Verse 1:
    All you peoples, clap your hands,
    Shout to God in gladness.
    The Lord we must... 
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    Looking for words and name of a May Procession hymn

    A recent new user, Regina99, wrote:

    "Looking for words and name of a May Procession hymn used each year in my elementary school years during this Mother's Day Procession to Our Lady. Here are some of the words: Roses we bring to thee, Queen of the Rosary....Red blooms with pain untold, blend with royal robes of gold....

    Found this site accidentally while looking for the above hymn. I did not know it existed."

    Can you help Regina find the hymn?

    I found it!

    "Queen of the Rosary" is hymn number 82 in Mount Mary Hymnal (published 1937). Words by Sister Chrysostom, SSND, and music by M. Haller. The entire hymnal is available as a PDF file via download from Corpus Christi Watershed (courtesy of Jeff Ostrowski). See the TCS article link below. It will lead you to the PDF file which is quite large – 82 MB:

    For your convenience, Regina, I have taken a screen shot of "Queen of the Rosary" for you to download. See link below.

    I am curious if there is a typo in the last line of verse 1 in the hymnal. Regina's version sounds more correct: "Red blooms for pain untold blend with royal robes of gold."

    Queen of the Rosary

    Through Your Rosary (Dear Mother, Virgin Mary)

    Partial video demo of a song I am working on with Dan Vi Nguyen. Feel free to make suggestions for improvement. 

    Details of project here:

    Full audio demo:

    Through Your Rosary (v3)

    VERSE 1
        C      Fmaj7         C   G
    You made a promise to us all:
         Am     Em      F   G
    That graces we will gain
    C     Am7       Em  Am7
    If we pray your rosary,
          F     G    F     C  
    Sweet roses on a chain.

         Cmaj7          Dm   G
    Dear Mother, Virgin Mary,
    Am             Esus4 Em7
    Draw us to the mysteries,
    Dm       Am     Em   Am7
    Guide us on our journey
       Dm     Em      F      G
    To Heaven o'i, to Heaven high
    F            Dm7  F  C
    Through your rosary...  

    Psalm 67: O God, Let All the Nations Praise You (6th Sunday of Easter C)

    Psalm 67: O God, Let All the Nations Praise You for 6th Sunday of Easter, cycle C

    Link for sheet music download is below.

    R. O God, let all the nations praise you!

    1. O God, be gracious and bless us
    and let your face shine its light upon us.
    So may your ways be known upon...  Read Full Story >>>

    Sheet Music and News from Virtual Sheet Music (April 2016)

    From Fabrizio Ferrari who is CEO, violinist and music composer at Virtual Sheet Music. – Richard Schletty

    I am sending you this letter to inform you of our latest additions and news (as you requested). Today we are also featuring our first music commentary, with deep musical insights, from our senior editor Jennifer Vose.

    Important: Many of our users have not discovered our entire catalog yet, so here is the link:


    Get Ready Now for Mother's Day

    Don't delay to prepare the perfect music for Mother's Day. VSM has music just right to celebrate Mom on May 8th and beyond:

    And if you scroll down the page at the above link, you'll find all versions of the famous Brahms' Lullaby, for a one-of-a-kind, musical Mother's Day gift. For all lullabies, and other tunes sure to touch Mom's heart, just click the link below...  Read Full Story >>>

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