[quote="Marysann, post:17, topic:294927"]
Symphonian, thank you for sharing that beautiful hymn, "Sing We of the Blessed Mother." I listened to the youtube clip and then googled it. I made myself a copy of the words so that I will have it for the future. I am sure that others will like to use it as well. It has a copyright date of 1975 from the Oxford University Press. The meter is 87 87 D, so it can be sung to other tunes besides the one in the clip, although that was lovely. It could be sung to the tunes we use for "Daily, Daily Sing to Mary," "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling," Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken," "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee," and many others. Since it can be sung to a tune that the people already know, it could easily be used this Wednesday. I hope that TrueLight's music director will look at this hymn. I don't know if it was written by an Anglican or not, but any hymn text that talks about the Assumption and the Coronation of our Blessed Mother should be Catholic enough for any of us. I have a copy of an interview with Msgr. Georg Ratzinger where he talks about a time when someone criticized him for programing "Protestant" music. He said, "Which note is Protestant?!" Considering some of the junk that has been written by Catholics, we should be grateful for the beautiful, reverent and theologically orthodox hymn texts written by non-Catholics. Each piece needs to be judged for its own value. If there is any question about the orthodoxy of the text of any particular hymn, you can consult with a good priest for his opinion and advise.
Agreed! Thankyou... I had to let the comment re "Anglican" slip, as it's Monday morning here in Australia and there is too much for me to take on before work, so I'm very very glad that someone else went to the trouble, and, btw, did a much better job than I could have.
WRT the difficulty of the hymn, I noted Syphoniums comment on it being a standard tune, but I know from experience that tunes such as these do actually cause difficulty in the congregation, especially when there's no choir or organ. I will consider using one of the others you suggested (but, I suspect, Abbots Leigh is particularly well suited). And a quick "well done" for you musical aknowledge to match the metric with other tunes.
*He said, "Which note is Protestant?!" * :D (Mozart and an Emperor come to mind)
*Considering some of the junk that has been written by Catholics, * :sad_yes:, and, some of the junk new Protestant music which we happily adopt (well, here in Australia anyway)