Monday, February 4, 2019

Hallelujah Is Our Song

This weekend we will be singing “Hallelujah Is Our Song” (#171).  It is the second of three songs that I wish to introduce during the ordinary time between Christmas and Lent.  

I believe you’ll find the story of how it was written interesting. Sarah Hart invited three other writers (Sarah Kroger, Josh Blakesley and Trey Heffinger) to come together to share ideas and do some writing.  

In the course of catching up Sarah Kroger shared that she had been going through some difficult times but found comfort in the words of Saint John Paul II: 

“Do not abandon yourself to despair. 
We are an Easter people and Hallelujah is our song.” 

The words of the composers are equally compelling and appropriate for so many of us, particularly at this time of year: 

What hope we have, 
even in the longest night, 
for the light will overcome.

We will not fear 
for we know the sun will rise.
Halleluiah is our song. 

Whether you are in the midst of profound joy, sadness or somewhere in between I pray that this song helps you recognize the care of God described in today’s scripture readings. 

Blessed to be in ministry at St. Mary’s, 


These weeks are a great time to join our music ministry.  Why not give it a 2 month tryout?  See me or one of our cantors today.

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