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In 1994 Father John started using the instrumental versions of our hymns during the Holy Hour at retreats. The people were given hymn sheets containing the wording of a hymn and would then be played its music. They were not expected to sing the hymn but listen, following the words as they listened, reflecting on and praying them ~ singing them in their hearts.

As people responded, some letting us know how the music had inspired or helped them, we realised we had found another way of touching hearts through the universal language of music.  We called it “Music as Prayer” and each retreat we organise now includes this prayerful meditative time with music  ~ usually at the end of the day or evening.

The hymns have all been inspired by a person or an event and many have personal stories that others can relate to.  The music usually comes first and the wording is written relating the Scripture to those stories.  At retreats, before each piece of music is played, Father John shares its story or inspiration.


Click on the video presentation below to listen to Father John’s explanation of “Music as Prayer”

and share a visual presentation and wording as you listen to the music.

The recording used for the above presentation is from our “People of God” CD and prayer book.

After you have watched above the presentation you may like to read the wording while listening to the music.

Remember the people in your life who may be in the Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter time of their lives.

Click here for the “O Child” Wording