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I’ve shared already that Lent has NOT progressed quite the way I was planning. Of course, I should know better as it is typically the way things work. I plan. God laughs. Then I end up being refined in ways I didn’t really want. I find that one way to help me be more inspired and reflective is to turn towards music. So, I thought I’d share a few liturgical music selections which have been used at our parish during Lent and help me to get clearer focus for my own life.
Lenten Music for Inspiration : Beyond the Days
This piece is just turning 18 years old which is rather ‘young’ for liturgical music. I love many of the pieces which Ricky Manalo has written and this one is no exception. I wish I had a recording of our Saturday evening choir from when they used this particular selection at Mass this Lent as the layering of piano, voices, flute, clarinet and violin was wonderful and quite uplifting.
Lenten Music for Inspiration : Let by the Spirit
This piece takes a familiar tune (Kingsford) and uses lyrics written 19 years ago by Bob Hurd. The upside for pieces like this are that a congregation is more likely to sing when they already know the tune and can then spend more time focused upon the words.
Lenten Music for Inspiration : Save Your People
This is a wonderful piece written by Jim Farrell and based on Psalm 47.
Lenten Music for Inspiration : In These Days of Lenten Journey
This is another piece by Ricky Manalo which has been sung a few times at our parish this Lent. You can definitely tell that it was written alongside Beyond the Days as the style is quite similar.
This year, I am joining Trish @ A House Upon the Rock in co-hosting the 40 Days of Seeking Him meme. The linky will be up each week so you can add in posts daily, weekly, or whenever you are able. The posts can be about anything related to Lent and preparing for Easter ~ crafts, food, devotions, music or reflections are all welcomed. I hope that my readers will join us on the journey through Lent as we seek to grow closer to Christ. Christian bloggers are welcome to join us in the weekly link up with posts that they are writing to showcase activities or reflections taken during this Lenten journey. Visit 5th Full Week of Lent (2015): Where Do We Seek God? to check out posts by me or other bloggers or add your own to the link up.
Does music help you grow spiritually?
Are there particular selections which fit the season of Lent that you love?