Advent at Baylor, December 5, 7:00 pm

December 5 – 7:00 pm
Armstrong Browning Library, Baylor University
We hope you will join us for this multicultural Advent service. It’s a wonderful way to begin your Advent observance, and also an opportunity to introduce family, friends, colleagues, and students to this blessed season of the Church year.
Our service is about 50 minutes long and this year will feature beloved familiar hymns, as well as Advent hymns from other cultures. Dr. Burt Burleson, University Chaplain, Carlos Colón, and others will be leading a choir and an instrumental group. More than 25 students, faculty, staff, and friends from the Waco area have come together to participate, and to lead us in song and prayer.
Come and let us sing together, pray for our world, and hear the Scriptures resonate at the beautiful Armstrong Browning Library Foyer of Meditation.

Carlos Colón,
Assistant Director for Worship and Chapel,
Baylor UniversityHere’s a clip from previous years:

Love Shall Overcome: XXX Anniversary of Jesuits’ Martyrdom

10 years ago, I composed “Vencerá el Amor” (Love Shall Overcome) for the XX anniversary of the Jesuits’ martyrdom. Read here NPR’s article.

This piece takes its inspiration from Romans 12:21: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” It was written to commemorate the martyrdom of six Jesuit priests and two women on the campus of Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) in El Salvador in 1989. It may be sung entirely in Spanish or English, or by alternating the two languages. The music moves through a sense of lament and ends with a gentle proclamation of the victory of good over evil.

Here’s a rehearsal in San Salvador, 10 years ago.

“Love Shall Overcome” is available in Spanish and English by MorningStar.

Advent Music for Choir

Alegre Luz (O Gladsome Light) Buy score here

Veni Emmanuel

Restore Us, O God

People of Zion (Chant)

For more information on scores, contact us.

Why Grace is So Amazing

Let say it outright, I don’t know why grace is so amazing. The concept is so overwhelming that we prefer sing about, and not just theorize about it. This choral arrangement by Roger Ames opened a window to heaven for me, specially when the arranger brings the text of the Kyrie Eleison, Lord have mercy, during the piece. Please get your headphones out and listen, or better, sing along and let God heal your heart. We all need this healing.


Listen to it. There’s also another version at this link.

Where Two or Three Are Gathered

A few years ago, Dr. Randall Bradley and I led a Baylor Church Music trip to El Salvador. By an act of grace, we ended up singing this song “Esto Les Digo” (This I Tell You) at the crypt of Saint Oscar Romero. It was May 23, 2015, the very day Romero was beatified  – the last step toward sainthood. You can see the tears in our group and in the faces of the faithful.