Vatican announces Hymn for the Year of Mercy

Year of Mercy logoThe Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation has published the hymn for the Year of Mercy. With a text by Fr Eugenio Costa SJ and music composed by Paul Inwood, the score (in Latin, Italian, English and French, with guitar chords) is available to download, along with a recording made by the Sistine Chapel Choir.

A substantial number of composers from around the world were invited to submit settings. Paul Inwood said: “It is a great honour for me that my setting was selected for the Holy Year of Mercy. The text we were given has a Latin antiphon and Italian verses interspersed with refrains in Latin, like a kind of litany. My music is also a mixture, with elements in the style of a Taizé response and a Gelineau tone. The verses work in any language ― I provided French and English translations ― and I deliberately kept the music very simple so that even the smallest parishes can hopefully make use of it. There is also some more elaborate music: a brass prelude and interludes, and a choral coda which is included in the recording.”

The author and composer have donated all rights in the hymn to the Pontifical Council to aid its diffusion around the world.

The Holy Year begins with the opening of the Holy Door in St Peter’s Basilica, Rome, on December 8th.

Below: Paul Inwood with Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation, and with Fr Eugenio Costa SJ.

(Update: Fr Eugenio Costa SJ died in Rome on 17th January 2021. May he rest in peace and rise in glory. Pray Tell blog published an Obituary.)

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