Felix Culpa: music from Sunday

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e really wanted to post this audio clip from this past Sunday night, which captures the congregation singing Alana Levandoski’s wonderful song, “Felix Culpa.” Alana is currently living and working in Edmonton, but her impact on our liturgical life continues. And if you like the way this sounds, you should hear the version she recorded in collaboration with the Zimbabwean writer and poet Ignatius Mabasa… that one will soon be released on CD by saint benedict’s table as part of their three song collaboration. In fact, after you’ve listened to the congregational version, scroll down a bit further to hear an excerpt from this new version.

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He who watches over you
Will never slumber nor sleep.
He who watches over you
Will never slumber nor sleep.
Oh, My child, lay your burden down
Lay them at My feet.
He who watches over you
Will never slumber nor sleep
(music and words by Alana Levandoski)
 

Now for an excerpt of the version Alana recorded with Ignatius Mabasa. Ignatius is performing a poetic form he calls “gospoetry,” and speaking in the Shona language of his home country. This is how he describes the subject of his poetic contribution to the piece:

This is a song about the political violence happening in Zimbabwe. It graphically paints the pain and suffering that one of the victims who has been bludgeoned goes through. Yet, in all the violence – there is a need to look up to God for protection, for justice, for love. The poem ends by encouraging Africans not to murder each other.

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We’re hoping to take delivery of this CD within the coming week, and will soon have copies available for sale at the church and through iTunes. We’ll keep you posted.


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