Feminist Hymn to the Trinity

I have been a little hesitant to talk about my writing of music that explores a feminine understanding of God, because I am trying to build bridges between progressives and traditionalists, and I don’t want to offend the conservatives out there, nor cause a comments war between theological factions. Also, I am loath to associate myself with some of the more ridiculous strands of feminist and liberal theology (I like to use the phrase “otherwise orthodox”).

Also, I am aware the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church has strictly forbidden use of explicitly feminine language for God in the context of the Liturgy. Please understand that I DO NOT publicly support liturgical innovation or breaking of liturgical law, and therefore do not suggest that Catholic parishes use this hymn in Mass.

That being said, not all of the readers of this blog are Catholic. I know of at least one Lutheran (my first commenter!) and a handful of Episcopalians (talk about diversity!) who might be able to sing this in their Trinity Sunday services. Even the Catholics among you might find the text helpful for personal devotions or para-liturgicals.

That being said, I felt quite inspired to write this two years ago (on Trinity Sunday) and feel now inspired to share it here, regardless of the consequences.

Any parish or worshiping community is welcome to use the text freely. I originally had the tune HOLY MANNA in mind when writing it, but other tunes would work as well. Please include the copyright notice (look down), and PLEASE leave a comment or send a personal email to let me know you are doing it.


Taste and See Responsorial

This setting of Psalm 34, “Taste and See the Goodness of the Lord” (the responsorial for the Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year C) is in a pseudo-gospel/blues style. Obviously this is not going to appeal to every parish, but some congregations will really appreciate the unusual approach.

I notated the style as “White Boy Blues,” as a humorous way to suggest that the piece is supposed to be reminiscent of blues and gospel music, but isn’t really either of those things.

CLICK HERE to download a .zip file with PDFs of the entire setting of the Taste and See responsorial.