Academic journal article The Hymn

At Your Altars: Chants, Refrains and Short Songs

Academic journal article The Hymn

At Your Altars: Chants, Refrains and Short Songs

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At Tour Altars: Chants, Refrains and Short Songs ed. Dan Damon. Carol Stream, IL: Hope Pub., 2015. ISBN 1933710160. $14.95.

In this recent collection of shorter compositions, Dan Damon has compiled a diverse selection of new songs and traditional favorites that can easily be used for varied liturgical occasions in the life of the church.

Illustrating the flexibility of programming the selections, "Risen Christ" by Christine Manderfeld, OSB, or "May the words of my mouth" by Jayne South wick Cook could be adapted as a choral introit, a call to prayer, or a simple response. Several of the refrains might be used as transition pieces in worship, such as Barbara Hamm's "Come to the table of grace," which is useful as a refrain during the preparation of the elements for communion. Damon also includes call-and-response selections for cantor and congregation or cantor and choir. Other selections are useful for congregational singing and can even be used in solo settings.

One of the greatest assets of this collection is the wide variety of chants and refrains to be sung repeatedly by the gathered community; these can be easily taught by rote and repetition. …

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