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Moments of Christ : voice with accompaniment

by Stephen Holgate (1997)

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Performance by Stephen Holgate, Jessica Holgate, Margaret Holgate, Bede Holgate from the CD Tower of the spirit

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Tower of the spirit / Stephen Holgate.

Library shelf no. CD 577 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Moments of Christ highlights several key 'moments' in the life of Christ. These are significant because they show the Christ events in a cosmological context, as Matthew Fox argues; and as William Johnston concludes, all are called to see the cosmic Christ in the beauty of the universe. The booklet includes an arrangement for keyboard, optional guitar, a refrain for congregation and chanted verses for cantor or choir.

Moments of Christ is one of eleven hymns composed for the Tower of the Spirit - a book and recording project published in 1999 (ISBN 0 9577534 0 3) with support from the Australia Council. The lyrics for the songs adapt texts from the Christian mystical tradition including writings from William Johnston, Matthew Fox, Bede Griffiths, John Henry Newman, scripture and 4-5th century monk John Cassian. Cistercian monk, Fr. Michael Casey, remarks, "These are classical texts from the Christian tradition suitable for 'rumination'. Each time we return to them we find new sources of inspiration. This is food for the mature Christian".

The songs employ a contemporary style accessible to schools, congregations, choirs and groups, yet aim to convey a certain sense pf mystery and awe. They may be sung within the context of Christian liturgy and worship or to highlight key mysteries in the life of Christ. The fully arranged CD recordings can be simply listened to for pleasure and aim to support the Christian spiritual life.

Work Details

Year: 1997

Instrumentation: Keyboard with optional guitar; vocal melody line; additional melody harmony line.

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Each chant verse varies in rhythm as it follows the lyrics.


  • In the form/style of: Hymns

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