Guest post by Kelly Dobbs-Mickus
At MorningStar, we strive to publish liturgical music that makes a meaningful contribution to the repertoire. As you prepare for Lent and Easter, perhaps looking for some new ideas, take a few minutes to explore these tried and true editions, from Hal Hopson’s subdued Lenten Prayer to Randall Thompson’s iconic Alleluia.
Lent and Holy Week
James Biery’s dignified settings of the Lenten Communion Antiphons will distinguish the Lenten season, and his setting of Ubi caritas is worthy of the Holy Thursday liturgy. Philip Stopford’s Do Not Be Afraid speaks especially to RCIA participants but reminds all that God calls each by name.
James Chepponis’s Festival Alleluia (see separate edition for Eastertide verses), premiered at the Papal Mass in St. Louis in 1999, has become a staple gospel acclamation. John Behnke’s festive yet flexible setting of LASST UNS ERFREUEN is a perennial best-seller and is also available in a two- or three-part setting. Consider John Ferguson’s Easter Introit as a choral “prelude” to the singing of EASTER HYMN.
To explore additional liturgical titles, check out these resources from MorningStar Music.
Kelly’s work at MorningStar Music Publishers focuses on resources for Catholic communities. In addition, she is organist at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Chicago.