SERVICE OF BEST-LOVED TRADITIONAL CATHOLIC HYMNS FOLLOWED BY BENEDICTION OF THE
of traditional Catholic hymns chosen by the congregation of Holy Angels Church,
Hale Barns, Cheshire. The service includes a brief reference to the
context of a hymn, and concludes with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
The service was
in Holy Angels Church. A booklet is enclosed giving the text of all
hymns and the Benediction prayers.
The CD is shrink-wrapped and contains a barcode
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Organist: Nora M Griffin, BA (Hons)
Conductor: John Denison, ALCM LLCM
Digital Recording by Alan Sutcliffe
Service initiated and produced by
Cecilia M Whelan, President of Holy Angels Blessed Sacrament Guild
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1 Bring flowers of the rarest
Many of the older generation listening to this
recording will recall, with happiness tinged with regret at their passing,
the Sunday evening service of Benediction, which was once so regular and
valued a part of parish life, and the joyful processions that took place in
May to crown Our Lady’s statue, and again in May or in June to celebrate the
feast of Corpus Christi.
In arranging this recording the intention has
been, not only to preserve the hymns that were part of these celebrations
but to recall the Catholic devotions they proclaim.
Benediction now is seldom celebrated, displaced
originally by the newly introduced Sunday evening Mass. Processions are
rare. As a consequence, perhaps, the traditional hymns are rarely sung, and
are regarded now, possibly, as over-emotional or out-of-date.
Emotional the hymns may often be; but St.
Augustine describes in his Confessions how he wept, deeply moved by the
hymns, songs and voices that echoed through the church, And out-dated? No. The faith
that they express remains the unchanging Catholic faith of our fathers.
Mary is still Queen of the Angels
and our Mother, interceding on our behalf, and
devotion to her remains intrinsic to Christian worship. Our Guardian Angel
watches over and guides us still. Christ remains the fount of love and
mercy, with devotion to his Sacred Heart the chief sign and symbol of that
Benediction is a celebration in adoration of
Christ’s Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament. Its origin is believed to
have been an amalgamation of exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for worship
and the evening service of devotion to Our Blessed Lady established by the
medieval guilds. How appropriate it is then that our service took place in
the month of May, the month dedicated to Our Lady, when her statue has been
crowned with flowers over the centuries as an expression of devotion.
As well as bringing back treasured memories, I
hope that the recording will strengthen devotion to the Blessed Sacrament,
and will reawaken the prayerful devotions expressed in these traditional
Cecilia M Whelan
2 Guardian Angel
3 Sweet heart of Jesus
4 Hail Queen of Heaven
5 Lord for
6 This is the
image of our Queen
7 O Sacred
8 Jesus Thou
9 Faith of
10 Sweet Sacrament
11 O Salutaris
12 Tantum ergo
14 Sweet Saviour bless us
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