Open Your Hymnal
By Zack Stachowski & Matt Reichert
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Through interviews with composers, text writers, and more, "Open Your Hymnal" explores the most consequential liturgical music heard in churches around the world.
||Clean"City of God"||with Dan Schutte||1/4/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOYH Lessons & Carols, 2018||with David Haas, Jes Garceau, Audrey Reichert, Carol Browning, and Jesse Manibusan||12/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Creator of the Stars of Night"||with Carol Browning (ft. Bob Moore and Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB)||12/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSongs of Mary||It’s another very special themed episode of OYH! To commemorate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we’re playing some of our favorite Marian songs and hymns. We’ll play a lot of music, in a lot of different styles, including liturgical and devotional music. You’ll hear songs celebrating Mary as servant, as mother, as queen, as intercessor, and Marian songs from around the world. You’ll hear, too, from a few of our friends as they share their favorite Marian songs. So, please open your hymnals!||12/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOYH Selects: "Night of Silence"||with Daniel Kantor||12/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCelebrating Hymns, Part 1||with Dr. Michael McMahon, Brian Hehn, and Dr. Tony Alonso||11/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"My Soul is Thirsting"||with Steve Angrisano||10/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"No Greater Love"||with Fr. Michael Joncas||9/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOYH Selects: "On Eagle's Wings"||with Fr. Michael Joncas||8/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Many and Great"||with Fr. Ricky Manalo, CSP||7/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"I Send You Out"||with John Angotti||5/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpecial Feature: A Conversation with Fr. James Martin||In just a few short days, we’ll be launching our second season of new episodes and interviews. Just in time for graduation and commencement season, we’ll start with our conversation with composer John Angotti about his song, “I Send You Out.” We’ll also be welcoming Carol Browning, Fr. Ricky Manalo, our second conversation with David Haas, and many more. Before we do, we want to share with you this special feature. A few weeks ago, co-host Matt Reichert was able to spend time chatting with Fr. James Martin for the other podcast he hosts, “Ministry Monday.” In that episode, they discussed a host of topics including evangelization, maintaining a healthy balance, and navigating culture wars. They had a great conversation, and not all of it fit into the episode. So, we saved a few nuggets for you. Today, you’ll hear the excerpts of that conversation that deal with liturgical music. Fr. Jim will share a little about his experience with liturgical music and some of his favorite songs. You can hear the rest of this conversation at ministrymonday.org. So, we hope you enjoy this excerpt. If you haven’t yet, make sure you are subscribed to Open Your Hymnal so you never miss an episode. Get ready for Season Two!||5/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"The Lord is My Light"||with Christopher Walker||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Covenant Hymn"||With Gary Daigle and Rory Cooney||3/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Center of My Life"||With Paul Inwood||3/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"From Ashes to the Living Font"||Brace yourself for a double whammy: our first Lenten episode and our first hymnody conversation! Join Zack Stachowski and Matt Reichert as they chat with composer and text-writer Alan Hommerding. They discuss the way metrical hymnody works, the "evaporating pool" of hymn tunes in American parishes, and the need for a moratorium on the tune BEACH SPRING (no, not really). Whether you know a lot about hymns, are new to hymns, or think you don't like hymns (you're wrong, by the way), you'll learn something new in this episode. So, please open your hymnal to "From Ashes to the Living Font."||2/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"You Have Anointed Me"||In this episode, we host our own little composers forum! Matt and Zack speak with Gary Daigle - composer, musician, and producer - about his work with The Dameans. They discuss collaborative song writing, the importance of a broad harmonic vocabulary, and how intentional invitation can change your life. As a bonus, you'll hear from a bevy of previous podcast guests including Rory Cooney, Kate Cuddy, Fr. Fran O'Brien, Tony Alonso, and Marty Haugen. It's a liturgical composers family reunion, and you get a front row seat! So, please open your hymnal to "You Have Anointed Me."||2/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Canticle of the Turning"||Rory Cooney is a not only a gifted composer, he is also a prophetic writer of texts. In this interview, Zack Stachowski and Matt Reichert speak with Rory about the background of one of his best-loved pieces, "Canticle of the Turning," to learn more about his theological and catechetical treatment of the Magnificat text. They also discuss the use of secular Irish folk melody with special guest, Ian Callanan, who joins the conversation from Ireland. So, please open your hymnal to "Canticle of the Turning."||1/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Night of Silence"||Dan Kantor's song, "Night of Silence," has been sung and celebrated in churches and concert halls around the world. In this episode, Zack Stachowski and Matt Reichert chat with Dan about writing vivid text, creating harmonic structure, and the importance of celebrating Advent. We also learn new words like "Quod Libet," and Matt gets Zack to both play his guitar and sing for our listeners. Special guest appearances made by Rob Strusinski and Rachel Held Evans. So, please open your hymnal to "Night of Silence."||12/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"You Are All We Have"||Fr. Francis Patrick (Fran) O'Brien is the guest for our Thanksgiving episode, and everyone is invited! Fran shares with Matt Reichert and Zack Stachowski his approach to text and melody, his musical influences, and what it's like to be both a liturgical composer and a parish pastor. Plus, there are lots of cameo appearances from Lucien Deiss, Alexander Peloquin, Stephen Sondheim, the cast of Hamilton, and (if you wait for it) Doc Severinsen. We'll need to get a bigger table! So, please open your hymnal to "You Are All We Have."||11/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Somos el Cuerpo de Cristo"||aime Cortez has dedicated a significant portion of his ministry to promoting Hispanic liturgies and bringing cultures together. In this conversation with Zack Stachowski and Matt Reichert, Jaime shares the story of the beginnings of his working relationship with Bob Hurd, provides insight into composing bilingual music, and shares some of the intricacies of incorporating musical idioms into his liturgical compositions. This is another "must listen" conversation for anyone involved in a multi-cultural faith community. So, please open your hymnal to "Somos el Cuerpo de Cristo."||11/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Open My Eyes"||Jesse Manibusan wears many titles: "Ambassador of Joy," "Catholic Ninja," "Itinerant Witness," and more. In this episode, Zack Stachowski and Matt Reichert chat with Jesse about his journey to liturgical music, his work with - and advocacy for - young people in the Church, his experience with depression, and how he finds ways to radiate joy. If you work in ministry or work with young people, this is a conversation you will not want to miss. So, please open your hymnal to "Open My Eyes."||10/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"What You Have Done for Me"||Tony Alonso is one of the most prominent voices in contemporary liturgical music. In this conversation, Matt Reichert and Zack Stachowski discuss with him the beginnings of his career, how he has developed his own compositional voice, the lessons he's learned, and the critical role of mentorship. So, please open your hymnal to "What You Have Done for Me."||9/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Here I Am, Lord"||What's the biggest challenge when interviewing Dan Schutte? Deciding which song to discuss. Join Matt Reichert and Zack Stachowski as they speak with Dan about one of his most ubiquitous compositions, "Here I Am, Lord." In addition, they chat about one of the most prolific and consequential groups of liturgical music composers: the St. Louis Jesuits. You'll learn about the group's beginnings, the impact of their Ignatian formation, their impact on the broader culture of the English-speaking Church, and more. Plus, you'll hear about a special college residence hall where the residents are the biggest fans of Dan's music that you'll ever meet! So, please open your hymnal to "Here I Am, Lord."||9/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Hail Mary: Gentle Woman"||There are numerous Marian hymns and songs in each Catholic hymnal. In this episode, Zack Stachowski and Matt Reichert discuss one of the best-loved and most-cherished, "Hail Mary: Gentle Woman." In conversation with the song's composer, Carey Landry, Zack and Matt discuss the imagery used to describe Mary, the surprising lack of congregational songs that incorporate the "Hail Mary" text, and the catechetical impact of Carey's music. Plus, Carey shares (and sings!) about his important ministry as a hospital chaplain. So, please open your hymnal to "Hail Mary: Gentle Woman."||8/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Pan de Vida"||The need for bilingual liturgical music - and, in some places, trilingual or quadrilingual music - is widespread in the United States. In this episode, Zack Stachowski and Matt Reichert interview composer Bob Hurd about his song "Pan de Vida," one of the earliest and best-loved examples of purpose-built bilingual liturgical music. Bob discusses what influences his music, how he relies on scripture for his texts, and the best ways we can bring unity to a world and a Church that is increasingly divided. This is a great conversation for anyone who ministers in a multi-cultural setting. So, please open your hymnal to "Pan de Vida."||7/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"You Are Mine"||First published in 1991, "You Are Mine" is one of the most popular contemporary liturgical songs used in the Church today. It consistently appears at the top of "favorite liturgical song" lists and surveys and is heard in parishes around the world. In this episode, composer David Haas speaks with Zack Stachowski and Matt Reichert to break open the song, sharing the origins and intentions behind the piece. Topics discussed include the emotional connections to liturgical music, singing text set in the voice of God, and what it means to "let a song go" when it has found a life of its own. David is joined by friend and composer Kate Cuddy. If you have found a connection to this beautiful piece, it will be deepened after you listen to this episode. So, please open your hymnal to "You Are Mine."||7/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"May the Road Rise to Meet You"||The text of the traditional "Irish blessing" is well-known and well-loved by generations of Christians from across the cultural divide. In this episode, composer Lori True speaks with Zack Stachowski and Matt Reichert about her setting of the text in her song "May the Road Rise to Meet You." Lori shares her experience crafting melody, setting blessings, and serving the Church as a female composer of liturgical music. Plus, there is a cameo appearance by Queen Elizabeth II!||6/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpecial Feature: "Pilgrims and Companions" and "The Liturgical Ensemble"||In our most recent episode, Zack and Matt spoke to composer Marty Haugen about the song “All Are Welcome." In this rich conversation, Marty shared many thoughts about the importance of congregational song, how he writes and arranges his music with parish musicians in mind, and the ways that faith communities can and should address current issues through the lens of the Gospel. These are important considerations for anyone involved in parish ministry. But, getting started can be difficult without the right resources. During our conversation, Marty shared with us two projects that he is working on that can help.||6/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"All Are Welcome"||To say that some people have strong feelings about the song "All Are Welcome" may be an understatement. While it has detractors it is also beloved by many, and when it is used in parishes the congregation sings. In this episode, composer Marty Haugen speaks with Zack Stachowski and Matt Reichert about "All Are Welcome" and, in doing so, shares his approach to composition, his philosophy of congregational singing, and his response to those who feel that liturgical songs are becoming too "political." Plus, listeners hear about Marty's original plans for the melody, and a unique congregation in San Francisco where the music ministry utilizes no instrumentation.||5/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpecial Feature: "A Place Called Home" (Joncas)||In this special feature we hear about one of Fr. Michael Joncas' recent publications, a hymn text called "A Place Called Home" set to the hymn tune FINLANDIA. This is a powerful text, particularly at a time when concerns about refugees, immigration, and homelessness are present in our communities and congregations.||5/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"On Eagle's Wings"||Discussing the beloved song "On Eagle's Wings" with composer Fr. Michael Joncas||5/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWelcome!||Join our new podcast!||4/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
It is great to be able to learn the story behind these songs! Keep up the good work!!
Good stories to tell
Thanks for sharing these stories. What a great way to learn about the music and the process behind writing and arranging these works of art. I look forward to hearing more.
Great interview and engaging format. Really brings the story of each song to life. Fresh approach to familiar music. This is a must-listen for anyone engaged in parish ministry, or anyone who has a favorite church song.