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Psalm 138: In The Presence Of The Angels (Haas)

Psalm 138: In The Presence Of The Angels. Music composed by David Haas. Text source: Psalm 138 of the Old Testament Bible. Sung by the small ensemble choir at the Church of Saint Mary in Saint Paul, Minnesota, on 2/7/2016. Copyright© 1989, GIA Publications, Inc. Purchase music here:

Refrain: In the presence of the angels, O Lord, 
may we praise your name, may we praise your name.

1. I will thank you Lord, with all of my heart, 
you have heard...  Read Full Story >>>

Sacred Music Symposium in Los Angeles

A message from Jeff Ostrowski at Corpus Christi Watershed.

Big News! Sacred Music Symposium in Los Angeles!
published 5 February 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

Today, I need your help. I need you to please forward this:

Send it to Catholic singers. Send it to your pastor & music director. Send it to any FAITHFUL and DEVOUT Catholic who might have a hidden interest in singing.

Let me tell you the truth: many Catholics have a hidden talent for singing. We've proven this with our choir in Los Angeles. But it takes BRAVERY and COURAGE to "coax out" this hidden talent for singing.


  • Three (3) full days of singing under Dr. Calabrese & Dr. Buchholz
  • Symposium begins at 6:00pm on SATURDAY (28 May 2016)... 

Register now: Music Ministry Alive!

Register Now:
Music Ministry Alive!
July 26-31, 2016 
St. Catherine University 
Saint Paul, Minnesota

As of today, ALL of the application materials and other information for Music Ministry Alive 2016 ("With the Eyes of Mercy") are up and available at:  

To all potential youth and adult applicants: we invite you to visit the site. And remember that...  Read Full Story >>>

Psalm 19: Your Words Are Spirit and Life, O Lord (Farrell)

Psalm 19: "Your Words Are Spirit and Life, O Lord" by Bernadette Farrell. Sung at St. Mary's Church. Lead voice: R. Schletty. Piano: L. Strom. 

Available at Spirit & Song:

REFRAIN: Your words are spirit and life, O Lord:
life everlasting.

God's law is perfect, refreshing the soul,
reviving the weary spirit.
God's rule can be trusted: bringing us... 

We Are Many Parts (Marty Haugen)

Good song with a good message. Guitar and voice: Richard Schletty. Piano: Larry Strom. Note how I soon realized I needed to capo to third fret! Duh.

We Are Many Parts (Marty Haugen)

Refrain: We are many parts, we are all one body,
and the gifts we have we are given to share.
May the Spirit of love make us one indeed... Read Full Story >>>

We Three Kings

We Three Kings sung at the Church of St. Mary, January 3, 2016.

We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar.
Field and fountain, moor and mountain...  Read Full Story >>>

Brightest and Best (Heber, STAR IN THE EAST)

My voice got better. A cold plagued me at 11:30 Mass on Christmas Day. Here is our prelude song for Feast of the Epiphany on January 3.

Brightest and Best, a song for Feast of the Epiphany. Text: Reginald Heber. Tune: STAR IN THE EAST, Southern Harmony, 1835).

Brightest and Best
Lyrics by Reginald Heber, 1783-1826

1. Brightest and best of the stars of the morning,
Dawn on our darkness and lend us thine aid;
Star of the East, the horizon adorning...  Read Full Story >>>

Of the Father's Love Begotten (Divinum Mysterium)


I chose to sing this in key of C rather than Eb. Too much church music is written too high for average voices. When will liturgical publishers get wise re vocal range?

Words: "Corde natus ex Parentis." Marcus A. C. Prudentius, 348-413. Translated by John M. Neale, 1818-1866 and Henry W. Baker, 1821-1877, alt.

Music: from a "Sanctus" trope, Mode V, 11th century. "Piae Cantiones," Greifswald, 1582.

1. Of the Father's love begotten
Ere the worlds began to be,
He is Alpha and Omega, ... Read Full Story >>>

Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming

Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming. Written in key of F. Should be in the key of D! Too high for my baritone voice. I will sing this on Christmas at the Church of Saint Mary in downtown Saint Paul.

Text: German, 15th century. Verses 1,2: Translated by Theodore Baker, 1851-1934. Vs. 3: Friedrich Layritz, 1808-1859. Translated by Harriet R. Krauth Spaeth, 1845-1925.

Music: German, 16th century. Speierischen Gesangbuch, Cologne, 1599. Harmony by Michael Praetorius, 1571-1621.

Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming from tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse's lineage coming as prophets long have sung...  Read Full Story >>>

"A Colorful Christmas" album - from Classical to Blues to Pop-Rock

"A Colorful Christmas" is a recently released Christmas album with a wide variety of styling. Richard Schletty contributed three original songs and helped record and/or master four other songs. Richard is happy to be in the company of these hip Baltimore-area artists (former Punk Rock musicians who migrated to Blues/R&B/Pop). Produced by Fetal Records (headed by Azar Dagher who is a member). For the songs I worked on, I had brilliant assistance from composer-arranger André van Haren (Sweden) and from Four Hands Project in Spain (Alberto Ayuso Domingo and David Gomez Sanz). The Spanish version of "Sleep, Baby, Sleep" was translated to "Duerme, Niño, Duerme" by my son-in-law, Elias de Andres Martos. He also tried to coach me in Castillian Spanish pronunciation. He says that I sing it with a Minnesota accent. Oh well, I tried!

Official site:
Awesome review:

Happy Holidays and Holy Days,
Richard Schletty

Psalm 126: The Lord Has Done Great Things For Us (Guimont 2010)

Psalm 126: The Lord Has Done Great Things For Us (Guimont 2010 Revised Grail). Richard Schletty and Mary Joy Rieder practicing at the Church of St. Mary. I chose to model this for you without guitar accompaniment. Compare to pre-2010 version:


The Lord has done great things for us, we are filled with joy.


When the Lord brought back the exiles of Zion, we thought...  Read Full Story >>>

Christmas hymn (Khúc Ca Giáng Sinh) by Joseph Nguyễn Hồng Ân

A Christmas song (Khúc Ca Giáng Sinh) made by my friend Joseph Nguyễn Hồng Ân


Khúc Ca Giáng Sinh - 2015 - Ca sĩ Nguyễn Hồng Ân

All That We Have (Gary Ault)

Practicing a beautiful song written by Gary Ault, "All That We Have." Accompaniment written by Gary Daigle. Copyright 1969, 1979, Damean Music.

All that we have and all that we offer
Comes from a heart both frightened and free.
Take what we bring now and give what we need.
All done in his name.

Some would rely on their power,
Others put trust in their gold.
Some have only their Savior,
Whose faithfulness never grows old.

Sometimes the road may be lonesome,
Often we may lose our way;
Take courage and always remember
Love isn't just for a day.

Sometimes when troubles are many,
Life can seem empty, it's true,
But look at the life of the Master,
Who lovingly suffered for you.

Psalm 126: The Lord Has Done Great Things For Us (The Grail 1963, Michel Guimont)

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 126. Copyright GIA Publications. The verses are from The Grail (1963). Music setting by Michel Guimont, Conception Abbey. Voice and guitar: Richard Schletty. Piano: Mary Joy Rieder. Compare to pre-2010 version:


The Lord has done great things for us, we are filled with joy.


When the Lord delivered Zion from bondage, it seemed like...  Read Full Story >>>

The Love of the Lord by Michael Joncas

The Love of the Lord presented by Richard and Mary Joy at St. Mary's Church.

1. All that I counted as gain now I consider as loss,
Empty and worthless to me in the light of the love of the Lord.

2. Riches and honors will fade, earthly delights disappear, 
Fade like the grass of the field in the light of the love of the Lord.

What more could bring us hope than to know the pow'r of his life? 
What more could bring us peace than to share in his suff'ring and death? 
What more could be our final wish than to live in the love of the Lord?

3. Silver and gold have I none, no land to count as my home,
Yet wealth beyond measure I own in the light of the love of the Lord.

4. Faith is the wealth I possess finding its source in my God;
Faith in the promise of Christ is my life and my love in the Lord. (2)

The Love of the Lord, by J. Michael Joncas. © 1988, GIA Publications, Chicago, IL.

Listen at YouTube to the production recording from the album "God of Life and of the Living."

3:05 minutes (4.23 MB).

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