With God on our side : voice with accompaniment
by Stephen Holgate (1998)
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With God On Our Side takes its lyric from Romans 8:31-39, in which St Paul gives an insight into union with Christ, culminating in the last verse which Matthew Fox refers to as "a hymn to the four corners of the universe" in which Paul "displaces the supposed rulers of the cosmos with Christ". The booklet includes an arrangement for keyboard, optional guitar, melody and a vocal harmony line. The song can be performed antiphonally between congregation and cantor/or choir. Liturgical - funeral.
With God On Our Side 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.
Instrumentation: Keyboard, optional guitar, melody and a vocal harmony line. The song can be performed antiphonally between congregation and cantor/or choir.
Duration: 2 min.
Commission note: With God On Our Side 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.
- In the form/style of: Hymns
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