Saturday, November 22, 2014

Celebrating Music on the Feast of St. Cecilia

Children singing "Rosary Children" at the end of a Children's Rosary
 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church
Today is the Feast of St. Cecilia the patron Saint of music.  Last year on the Feast of St. Cecilia we were so blessed to be able to share a beautiful song written for the Children's Rosary on our website.  The song is called "Rosary Children".  It is a beautifully simple song with a melody that winds its way into your heart and does not leave.  The words of the song are full of love and hope.

This past summer we released 2 CDs which contain this song.   Children's Rosary groups around the world have begun singing this song as they finish their Rosary.  There is a wonderful appreciation for the role of music in our relationship with Our Lord.  Through saints and mystics we are told that  wonderful singing and music exist in heaven and there are times song seems to raise our hearts to a heavenly place where we meet God.  

There is also an appreciation that children love music.  Our theme song was a unexpected gift but one which we have seen touch many hearts.  One sweet story which was relayed to me by our Children's Rosary group leader in Hanover, Pennsylvania speaks of a 70 year old women who has been attending the Children's Rosary each month.  The women so loved praying with the children as they lead the Rosary.  The group meets the third Sunday of the month in front of the Blessed Sacrament. When word came to the group that there was a new theme song which the children could sing at the end of the Rosary this lovely older women jumped in that she wanted to play the guitar for the children.  This women had recently decided to learn the guitar and was taking a course.  In her class she was told to pick one piece which she would spend the semester learning how to play.  Her selection: Rosary Children.  Hearing this story I was so touched.  No matter what our age Our Lord finds the most beautiful way to work through us.  I can imagine the time and effort this women would need to spend to learn a new instrument and a complete song.  Yet Our Lord helps us and smiles upon us when we want to do something difficult to praise and honor him.

Currently we are working on three more songs that have been written for the Children's Rosary.  Right now several musicians are working on the instrument portions of the songs and we hope to also include both adults and children singing as well. We hope to include more of this original music on our upcoming Joyful and luminous CDs.

In a special way we thank Our Lord for granting us so many gifts of music for our prayer group movement.  We continue to pray through the intercession of St. Cecilia that all may be as Our Lord and his Mother envisioned... all for the Glory of God. Amen.

Helpful Links:
Sheet music for the song Rosary Children click HERE.
Listen to the song Rosary Children
Recording of the song Rosary Children

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