October 8, 2012

Holy Spirit, Come Confirm Us

Renew Us, Console us

Holy Spirit, Come Confirm Us written in 1971 by Father Brian Foley (1919-2000) is set to the tune Laus Deo by Richard Redhead (1820-1901).  Despite his lamenting the decline in the use of plain chant after Vatican II, many of Fr. Foley's own hymns appeared in Catholic hymnals in the 60's and 70's. Organist and hymnodist, Richard Redhead was a member of the Oxford Movement of the Anglican Church. Laus Deo (Redhead 46) is better known as the tune for Bright the Vision that Delighted (see 1st video). The 2nd video features a rendition of Holy Spirit, Come Confirm Us sung to a melody written in 1959 called Kingdom. In the Liturgy of the Hours it is used during Ordinary Time for Daytime Midmorning Prayer.

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