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Category: Alternative Hymnal

Metanoia on YouTube

As part of the revamp I was talking about in my previous ramble, Metanoia have a YouTube channel. The first video is the Alt:Worship we did at #Sanctum2020.

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Alternative Hymnal – Holy Water, Inglorious

I’ve realised we’ve added a few regular songs to our hymnody at Rock Mass with Metanoia. I really should put together a playlist so that everyone can listen in between services.

This is Holy Water from Inglorious’ debut album.  We discovered Inglorious last year supporting the Winery Dogs before they had released their first album.  They were jaw droppingly amazing!  We preordered the album as we were leaving!  Proper rock with amazing vocals.  We’ve ended up playing Holy Water in Silverthorn too!

We’ve only tweeked the words slightly for services.

Help me, I’m in trouble I’ve fallen to my knees, yeah

I pray you’ll give me something, my soul it is in need.

 

Oh, I don’t stand proud, as my Lord He washes me

I drown, Your water’s holy, my soul it is diseased.

 

Holy water, take my soul take me

No, love ain’t where it’s at, but it’s all, all I need

 

Been tried and tested, the world it comes for me

It put me in the gutter, I long to be free

 

Holy water, take my soul take me

No, love ain’t where it’s at, but it’s all, all I need

Alternative Hymnal – VNV Nation, Nova

Why is Robb sharing electronica?  Who can say?  It’s not normally my kind of thing but when we were running the charity stall at Whitby Goth Weekend this came out of my friend’s iPod and I really like it. Electronic goth/industrial – no spandex in sight.  

Every time it comes on my playlist I wonder if we could throw an electric guitar and a cranked Marshall at it for Rock Mass at the blessing. I think we may give it a go at some point this year. I’ll ask The Bassplayer what she thinks.  

Now I’ve listened again a couple of times on the train maybe it could be part of a penitential rite. I’ll ask Fr Simon if he fancies making something special for it in March. 

I long to feel my heart burned open wide, til nothing else remains, 

except the fires from which I came.

Like parted souls, divided for an age, awe and wonder I´d embrace, 

and the world anew again. 

But now, this picture from me fades. 

From still´s cold hand there´s no reprieve, light the fire in me.
Shine, shine your light on me.

Illuminate me, make me complete.

Lay me down, and wash this world from me.

Open the skies, and burn it all away. 

‘Cause I’ve been waiting, all my life just waiting, 

for you to shine, shine your light on me.
I dreamed the world, with my eyes open.

But time moved on and then, new worlds begin again.

Oh my heart, in this universe so vast.

No moment was made to last, so light the fire in me.
Shine, shine your light on me.

Illuminate me, make me complete.

Please shine, shine your light on me.

No hesitation, make me complete.
Lay me down, and wash this world from me.

Open the skies, and burn it all away. 

‘Cause I’ve been waiting, all my life just waiting, 

for you to shine, shine your light on me.

Mary’s Lullaby (Away in a Manger) – Lyrics Adapted by Ruth and Robb

Since the late 19th century, The Church has been held hostage to one of the most theologically facile songs that has ever been sung during a service. All of the accusations of “pie in the sky when you die” and a “bearded man in the sky” can be found in this universal favourite.  When combined in a service filled with “baby” Jesus and the Christmas “Story” references, The Church has been inoculating people to the revolutionary faith we have in Christ.

Away in a Manger has become such a large part of our wider cultural memory that planning a service without it can cause disagreements both inside the church community and outside of it. Ruth and I have talked about this problem for many years.  A couple of years ago we wondered what it would be like if Away in a Manger was as revolutionary as the Magnificat. Using those words as our inspiration we decided to rewrite Away in a Manger from the perspective of Mary looking at her newborn child.

We have used it for the last couple of years in a variety of different contexts and it goes down really well.  We reworked it for Metanoia and the Rock Mass but we’re only half way through recording it so here is a simple arrangement to show how it could be used on organ or guitar.

Let’s take back Christmas!  Please use it freely in worship and schools.  If you want to credit us as “Ruth and Robb Sutherland” you’d make our day.

Mary’s Lullaby (Away in a Manger)

“Away in a manger, asleep on the hay,
I will watch over you at the end of the day,
The stars in the bright sky shine down where you lie,
As angels sing ‘Glory be to God on high’.”

“My spirit rejoices, for news of your birth
Like wildfire will spread over all of the earth;
A light in our darkness, a hope for the poor,
God’s gift to all people of life evermore.”

“Your name shall be Jesus, for this holy night
Is fulfilment of promise through God’s saving might;
But now sleep in peace, as I sing lullaby,
I will stay by your side til your dawning is nigh.”

– Lyrics adapted by Ruth and Robb Sutherland