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An Easter Hymn: “The Angel Cried”

This traditional Orthodox hymn is tied with the Regina Coeli as my favorite Easter hymn. It references an Orthodox tradition in which the Angel of the Resurrection visits the Blessed Mother before meeting the other disciples at the tomb, thus making her (fittingly) the first person to hear the news of her Son’s resurrection. Beautiful! A blessed Easter season to all!

The angel cried to the Lady full of grace: 
Rejoice, rejoice, O pure Virgin!
Again, I say: rejoice! Your Son is risen
from His three days in the tomb.
With Himself He has raised all the dead.
Rejoice, rejoice, O ye people!
Shine, shine! Shine, O new Jerusalem!
The glory of the Lord has shown on you.
Exult now, exult, and be glad, O Zion!
Be radiant, O pure Theotokos, in the Resurrection,
the Resurrection of your Son!

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Stuck in My Head: Audrey Assad, Matt Maher, JJ Heller

I went to a fantastic concert last night with a really fun group of friends, and this morning I decided I needed to put in a plug for the two artists who gave us such a great show.

Audrey Assad is one of my all-time favorite singer-songwriters, and she’s coming out with a new album in two weeks! She played this song last night and explained how for her, it’s about the joy and sufferings of married life bearing fruit for the world: Let’s build a house with turned-out doors / So we can share what love affords / Pour ourselves out like wine we’ve been saving. Beautiful stuff!


Matt Maher was spectacular, as usual. This song is a few years old, but it’s one of my favorites of his because it’s inspired by St. Augustine’s Confessions – and you guys know how much I love the saints!


I also wanted to share this song by JJ Heller that really has been stuck in my head all week. I was asked to go speak at a couple of the Catholic schools in my diocese on Thursday as part of Catholic Schools Week, to talk to the students about my vocation to consecrated life and my experiences doing foreign mission work. I decided to make a slideshow of my favorite photos from the missions to share with the kids, and this was the song I picked to play in the background during the slideshow.

As I watched it over and over again with the different groups of students that day, I realized that I wouldn’t have believed the words of a song like this had it not been for the time I spent in the missions, as well as the grueling period of transition and re-adjustment that took place after I returned to life in the States. The Lord is truly near to us when we are brokenhearted and weary in spirit (c.f. Psalm 34:18) – and though we often have trouble seeing it as such, every suffering that comes to us is a gift from Him and an opportunity to immerse ourselves in the depths of His tender and merciful Heart.

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On the Calendar: St. Lucy

My boss used to live in Sweden, and today she mentioned how much she misses the traditional St. Lucy’s Day celebrations there. I found this video for her and thought I would share it with you as well. The song being sung by the choir is called “Sankta Lucia,” and I’ve posted the English translation below.

Night walks with a heavy step
Round yard and hearth,
As the sun departs from earth,
Shadows are brooding.
There in our dark house,
Walking with lit candles,
Santa Lucia, Santa Lucia!

Night walks grand, yet silent,
Now hear its gentle wings,
In every room so hushed,
Whispering like wings.
Look, at our threshold stands,
White-clad with light in her hair,
Santa Lucia, Santa Lucia!

Darkness shall take flight soon,
From earth’s valleys.
So she speaks
Wonderful words to us:
A new day will rise again
From the rosy sky…
Santa Lucia, Santa Lucia!

(source)

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All Will Be Well

The Holy Father talked about Blessed Julian of Norwich during this week’s Wednesday audience. Though you may not know much about this 14th-century English mystic, you’ve probably heard her famous quote: “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.”

Well, every time someone mentions Julian of Norwich, I can’t help thinking of this song by The Gabe Dixon Band – one of my all-time favorites. All of their music is good, but this is the song I have listened to more times than I can count. Hope you like it!

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Lord, You Have Called Me…

Click on the link below to see a beautiful slideshow of the six new postulants who recently joined the Carmelites of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles. Among them is my dear friend Rose!

Entrance into Postulancy

Here are the lyrics to the song (“You Have Called Me”) that the sisters are singing in the background:

Lord, I give to You my life
My heart, my soul, my strength
To lay before Your throne
This is what You’ve asked me for
To give my all to You
Take from me that which is not true

Lord, You have called me
And bid me follow You
To glorify Your name in all the earth
Teach me to love
As I’ve never loved before
I give my life to You, my God

Though I know that I shall fall
Nothing will I fear
For You are by my side
So I sing with a grateful heart
The blessings of my God
Make me Yours for all eternity

Lord, You have called me
And bid me follow You
To glorify Your name in all the earth
Teach me to love
As I’ve never loved before
I give my life to You, my God

Lord, I long to see Your face
To gaze upon Your beauty
Thy will be done
For I give my life to You

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