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Te Deum Latinoamericano Performed in Texas

On October 15, 2018, Pope Francis canonized my beloved Archbishop Oscar Romero as a saint of the faith. I remember the darkness that came to my beloved El Salvador the night that Saint Romero of the Americas was assassinated. I was still there. So, it was surreal to find myself leading at all the principal cathedrals of the country with this hymn of thanksgiving for his witness and life. As a sign of grace, our choir and instrumentalists for that event was transported by a bus and personnel from the armed forces of El Salvador, the very institution responsible for his death 42 years before. We give thanks!   – Conducted by the composer.

Karen Hogue, soprano.

Choir: The Ensemble from First United Methodist, Weatherford

Hymn “How Can I Keep from Singing” at DITA 10

This hymn setting was recorded live at one of the services at the conference of DITA 10: Duke Initiative for Theology and the Arts. Arrangement by Carlos Colón.

How Can I Keep from Singing? 

  1. My life flows on in endless song;

Above earth’s lamentation

I hear the sweet thought far off hymn

That hails a new creation.

Chorus: No storm can shake my inmost calm

While to the rock I’m clinging;

Since Christ is Lord of Heav’n earth,

How can I keep from singing?

 

  1. Through all the tumult and the strife

I hear the music ringing:

It finds an echo in my soul,

How can I keep from singing? (chorus)

 

  1. What though my joys and comfort die?

The Lord my Savior liveth:

What thought the darkness gather round!

Songs in the night He giveth. (chorus)

 

  1. The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,

A fountain ever springing:

All things are mine since I am His

How can I keep from singing? (chorus)

Mourning With El Paso

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Sending my love in this hour of trial, to my sweet friends!

Last October, a precious choral group of friends from El Paso, Texas traveled with me to El Salvador to remember San Oscar Romero. We joined the choir from Universidad Don Bosco and traveled together to sing and be one in heart. This is from a rehearsal at UCA, San Salvador. This is one of the songs we sang, “Vencerá el Amor” “Love Shall Overcome”.

Vencerá el amor, aunque acechen tempestades;
y aunque hay dolor, pasarán las maldades.
Vencerá el amor, aunque tristes extrañemos
a quienes hoy no están, más sin embargo viven.

Vencerá el bien sobre tantas vejaciones.
Vencerá también nuestra oraciones.
Y estas lágrimas que juntos derramamos
ungirán con paz nuestroa corazones.

Vencerá el amor, vencerá, vencerá el amor.

GIA Bilingual Hymnal Presented at Hymn Society Conference in Dallas

You can order the hymnal here and now from GIA Publications!!!

This are some video samples of a workshop today where we presented our new hymnal.

Nuestra Ayuda/Our Help is a bilingual song who I wrote with Martin Tel from Princeton seminary:

A River Flows Through Babylon / En Babilonia Hay Ríos uses a text inspired on Psalm 137 by Adam Tice:

And here’s the hymnal setting of the traditional Holy, Holy, Holy / Santo, Santo, Santo: