Feasts and Seasons: Music for the church year

This book is sub-titled "Liturgical music for parish choirs, congregations and cantors" and is described as "Liturgical music from Maynooth", it contains 17 hymns which between them cover the most of the liturgical year.    It was was edited by John O'Keeffe, who was the Director of Sacred Music at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Ireland.

It has roughly equal number of hymns for intended for congregational use, for choir or cantor with congregation, and for choir alone.  May of these are new settings of older works, which were created at Maynooth College for particular needs, and then continued to be used

The book was first published in January 2003.   Typesetting was done by Raymond O'Donnell, photography by Brian Watters, and printing by Standard Printers, Ballybrit, Galway.   The cover design is made from elements in a tapsestry of the Transfiguration, created by Patrick Pye  in 2000 for St Mary's Oratory in Maynooth College.  Copyright is help by St Patrick's College, Maynooth.  The book is an A4 size, soft-cover with stapled binding.     It does not have an ISBN number printed in it.

It was accompanied by recordings of the music on casssette and CD, which were sold separately.   Both these and the book were distributed via Maynooth College after they were launched in 2003, and it is likely they are now out of print.


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Table of Contents


Title (first-line) Number
An Ghlóir 6
Lyrics: from An Leabhar Aifinn © Irish Episcopal Commission for Liturgy
Tune: Ronan McDonagh © Ronan McDonagh, 1995
Score: Melody and accompaniment
Key: D
Starting note: A
Time signature: Not staated
Number of verses: 1
Recommended uses: Christmas
Choir
Be Still for the Presence of the Lord 1
Lyrics: David J Evans © Kingsway's Thank You Music
Tune: David J Evans © Kingsway's Thank You Music
Setting: John O'Keeffe
Score: Melody and accompaniment
Key: D
Starting note: E
Time signature: C
Number of verses: 3
Recommended uses: Ordinary Time, Christ the King
Congregational opening hymn
Behold a Virgin Bearing Him 4
Lyrics: Michael Gannon - translated from a traditional German text © World Library Publications
Tune: Ronan McDonagh © Ronan McDonagh, 1999
Score: Instrumental solo, melody and accompaniment
Key: Cm
Starting note: Low C
Time signature: 3/4
Number of verses: 1
Recommended uses: Advent
Choir
Blessed are They who Dwell in Your House 2
Blessed are they who dwell in your house O Lord / My soul is longing and yearning
Lyrics: Scripture © The Grail, England
Tune: Ronan McDonagh © Ronan McDonagh
Score: Melody and accompaniment
Key: Ab
Starting note: E
Time signature: 4/4
Based on: Psalm 83 (84)
Number of verses: 6
Recommended uses: Ordination of Deacons
Cantor / Choir with congregation. Appendix One has the same work, the slightly lower key of G-major.
Come Adore this Wondrous Presence 16
Lyrics: James Quinn © Geoffrey Chapman Ltd
Tune: Ronan McDonagh © Ronan McDonagh, 2002
Score: Melody and accompaniment
Key: Cm and a Dm version is given in Appendix 2
Starting note: Low C
Time signature: 4/4
Number of verses: 2
Recommended uses: Corpus Christi, Eucharistic Adoration
Congregational. Appendix Three has a higher version of this, in the key of Dm
Come O Long Expected Jesus 5
Come O long expected Jesus
Lyrics: Charles Wesley
Tune: Not stated
Tune-name: DIVINIUM MYSTERIUM
Score: Melody and accompaniment
Key: D
Starting note: D
Time signature: 3/4
Number of verses: 4
Recommended uses: Advent
Congregational
Fáilte Romhat, a Ri an Domhnaigh bheannaithe 7
Lyrics & tune: Máire Ni Dhuibhir © Máire Ni Dhuibhir
Score: Melody and accompaniment
Key: D
Starting note: F
Time signature: C
Number of verses: 2 - and 2 alternatives for weekdays
Recommended uses: Ordinary Time
Congregational - from the Aifreann na bhForbacha collection, published in 2000
Great and Wonderful are Your Deeds 15
Great and wonderful are your deeds / Who shall not fear and glorify your name, O Lord
Lyrics: Scripture © The Grail, England
Tune: Liam Lawton, arranged by Seán Feeney © GIA Publications, Chicago, 1998
Score: Melody and accompaniment
Key: Em
Starting note: E
Time signature: Not staated
Based on: Revelation 15:3-4
Number of verses: 2
Recommended uses: Ascension, Christ the King
Choir - from the collection The Cloud's Veil (1998)
Hail Mary Mother of God 11
Hail Mary, mother of God / Daughter of God's love, highly favoured
Lyrics: John McCann © John McCann, 1999
Tune: John McCann © John McCann, 1999
Score: Melody and accompaniment
Key: G
Starting note: G
Time signature: 3/4
Number of verses: 5
Recommended uses: Annunciation / Feasts of Our Lady
Cantor / Choir with congregation. Written for the 1999 Dublin Diocesian Pilgrimage to Lourdes.
Now that the Daylight Fills the Sky 9
Lyrics: J M Neale
Tune: Not stated
Tune-name: DANBY
Score: Melody and accompaniment
Key: F
Starting note: Low C
Time signature: 3/4
Number of verses: 4
Recommended uses: Morning Prayer, Lent - translated from a 5th century Latin hymn
Congregational
Praise God all you his Servants 8
Praise God all you his servants both great and small / Salvation and glory and power belong to our God
Lyrics: Scripture © The Grail, England
Tune: Alleluia - Paedar Ó Riada. Rest - John O'Keeffe © John O'Keeffe. Alleluia - Realworld Music.
Score: Melody and accompaniment
Key: D
Starting note: A
Time signature: 2/4
Based on: Revelation 19
Recommended uses: Sunday Evening Prayer - or celebrations involving a long entrance procession.
Cantor / Choir with congregation
Regina Caeli (Rejoice Queen of Heaven) 14
Rejoice, rejoice queen of heaven
Lyrics & tune: Ronan McDonagh © Ronan McDonagh, 2001
Score: Melody and accompaniment
Key: B
Starting note: F
Time signature: C
Number of verses: 2
Recommended uses: Eastertide
Choir
St Patrick's Breastplate 10
Christ be with me, Christ within me
Lyrics: John O'Keeffe © Adapted from a traditional melody, 1997
Tune: John O'Keeffe © Adapted from a traditional melody, 1997
Score: Melody and accompaniment
Key: D
Starting note: Low A
Time signature: 3/4
Number of verses: 2
Recommended uses: John O'Keeffe
Adapted from a traditional melody
1997
The Reproaches 12
My people what have I done to you? / Holy God! Holy, Mighty! Holy, Immortal have mercy on us
Lyrics:
Tune: Refrain: Russian Orthodox traditional, arranged by John O'Keeffe. Verses - Roman Missal © Plainchant: Roman Missal 1974, ICEL. Antiphon: St Vladmir's Seminary Press, New York
Score: SATB and melody line
Starting note: Low C
Time signature: Not staated
Number of verses: 3
Recommended uses: Good Friday
Choir
The Servant King 17
From heaven you came helpless babe / This is our God, the servant king
Lyrics & tune: Graham Kendrick © Kingsway's Thank You Music
Score: Melody and accompaniment
Key: Eb
Starting note: G
Time signature: C
Number of verses: 4
Recommended uses: Christ the King, Ordinary Time
Cantor / Choir with congregation
This is the Day the Lord has Made 13
This is the day the Lord has made Alleluia / Give thanks to the Lord for he is good
Lyrics & tune: John O'Keeffe © John O'Keeffe, 1996
Score: Melody and accompaniment
Key: Eb - Appendix has the tune in D
Starting note: E
Time signature: 6/8
Based on: Psalm 117
Number of verses: 3
Recommended uses: Eastertide
Choir. Appendix Two has the same work, in the lower key of D-major.
We Rejoice in the Name of the Lord 3
We rejoice in the name of the Lord / Praise God in his holy dwelling
Lyrics: Refrain: John O'Keeffe. Verses - Scripture © The Grail, England, 1996
Tune: John O'Keeffe © John O'Keeffe, 1996
Score: Melody and accompaniment
Key: Eb
Starting note: Low B
Time signature: C
Based on: Psalms 150 and 23
Number of verses: 3
Recommended uses: All Saints
Cantor / Choir with congregation

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