I Am Ever With You by Himig Heswita
It has been twenty years since the release of the album Himig Heswita 2, so it gives us great pleasure to produce another album. The Jesuit Music Ministry presents, I AM EVER WITH YOU. Himig Heswita is also blessed to have new members in the group—scholastics in various years of formation at Loyola House of Studies. The “old reliables” are still present, of course, and they are no less committed to the cause of evangelization through music after all these years.
The songs in this album are a mixed bag of genres—as has been the case for all Himig Heswita albums in the past two decades. There are selections that may be appropriately sung at Mass, like those based on the Psalms. The other selections may be used for personal prayer and reflection, or group worship, retreats, and recollections. For sure, all the songs are inspired by themes from Scripture, especially from the Gospels.
From the foreword by Arnel Aquino, SJ
The much-awaited songbook is now available! It contains choral arrangements of all 16 songs in the album and song annotations that can help parish choirs in their Mass repertoire. Here’s a quick overview of each song:
Take, Lord, Receive and These Alone are Enough are paraphrases of the prayer of Saint Ignatius of Loyola—the Sucipe. They are recommended for second Communion songs.
We Are Called is based on Micah 6:6-8, an Old Testament Reading on the Monday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time (Year II) and an option for the Old Testament Reading for the Common of Saints.
Sa Habang Panahon is a paraphrase of Psalm 34:1, 4, 5. Psalms, such as this, may be used for Communion. This son is a hymn of praise confessing God’s justice.
In This Day God Gives Me, the music Fr. Arnel Aquino, SJ made for this song is an alternative to the traditional tone. It is the recommended Hymn for the Lauds during Ordinary Time for Tuesday of Weeks II and IV.
I Am Ever With You is a song for the season of Easter. The lyrics of the song draw inspiration from the post-resurrection narratives proclaimed during the great and sacred Paschal Season, including the Solemnity of Pentecost, Solemnity of the Lord’s Ascension, and the Solemnity of the Most Blessed Trinity (Year B).
The version of Ama Namin in this songbook features the music of Fr. Fruto Ramirez, SJ and is sung by Himig Heswita with Sr. Bubbles Bandojo, rc and Sr. Susay Valdez, rc in the album.
Nourished By the Hands of the Lord is from Psalm 145:10-11, 15-16, 17-18. The response or the refrain or antiphon is adapted from verse 16, a fitting adaptation given the Lord’s feeding of His people.
Tayo Na’t Magdiwang is an adaptation of Psalm 122, a pilgrimage psalm, a processional song of song of praise, and it expresses joy sung by believers on their way to and upon entering the holy city and temple in Jerusalem to worship.
I Sing the Mighty Power of God is based on Psalm 104: 5-6, 19-20, 14-15, 24, 27 with the musical setting of Fr. Arnel Aquino, SJ. The abridged version is the suggested hymn for the Morning Prayer on Monday of Week II, but may also be sung in other days of the week outside the Seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Lent. It is an appropriate Entrance Song during Ordinary Time.
The new English translation of the acclamation, Holy, Holy, in this songbook features the music of Fr. Arnel Aquino, SJ.
This setting of Psalm 89 in Your Faithfulness and Love is an adaptation of verses 3, 6, 7, 16, 19, 27, and 28. The response in this song is from verse 2.
Sa Piling ng Diyos is based on the Parable of the Loving Father in Luke 15:11-32. This parable is proclaimed on the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Fourth Sunday of Lent (C), and during the Saturday of the Second Week of Lent.
Pedro Calungsod: Huwaran ng mga Kabataan is best sung as a Recessional song on his feast day which is celebrated on April 2. It is also for popular devotions during the weekly novena in his honor and during the nine-day novena before his feast.
Sambayanang Binuklod is suggested as a Recessional Song. It is recommended especially if John 15:9-17 is the chosen reading for the Common of Saints or Ritual Masses or Masses for Various Needs for Vocation of Priests and Religious.
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