Sacred Music Sitemap

Title: You Are Our Unique Refuge

URL: /sacred-music/you-are-our-unique-refuge/
Words By: Blessed Henry Suso
Music By: Robert Loretz
In this song, we entrust ourselves to Mary in our unworthiness. The sinner finds in her a unique refuge and mediatrix to obtain mercy and peace. The music is in the phrygian mode, which adds…

Title: Where Your Heart Is, There Will Be Your Treasure

URL: /sacred-music/where-your-heart-is-there-will-be-your-treasure/
Words By: Robert Loretz
Music By: Robert Loretz
This hymn is based on two gospel passages.The first is from the sermon on the mount and is an exhortation to trust in God's providence and care for us, rather than succumb to anxiety about…

Title: Weep Not for Me, O Mother

URL: /sacred-music/weep-not-for-me-o-mother/
Category: 
Words By: St. Cosmas of Maiuma
Music By: Robert Loretz, adapted from a traditional Jewish melody
This hymn commerates Mary as the Woman who keeps hope alive over the course of Holy Saturday, as Jesus lies in the tomb before the resurrection. The melody is adapted from a traditional Jewish melody.…

Title: Unto Us a Son is Given (Christmas Season)

URL: /sacred-music/unto-us-a-son-is-given-christmas-season/
Category: ,
Words By: Robert Loretz (Taken from the Book of Isaiah)
Music By: Mozart
This is a spirited 4 part round brimming with Christmas joy. It makes an effective addition to a Carol Service or a climactic recessional (or post-recessional) during the Christmas season. …

Title: Tolkien Noel

URL: /sacred-music/tolkien-noel/
Category: 
Words By: J. R. R. Tolkien
Music By: Robert Loretz

Title: To Love God Above All Things

URL: /sacred-music/to-love-god-above-all-things/
Words By: Venerable Suzanne Aubert, adapted by Robert Loretz
Music By: Robert Loretz
The chorus of the this hymn can be used as a stand alone hymn. The words are adapted from Venerable Mother Aubert, and combine her embracing of the dual commandment of love with her missionary…

Title: Though You Are God

URL: /sacred-music/though-you-are-god/
Words By: Robert Loretz
Music By: Jean Sibelius (Finlandia)
This beautiful, well known and reverent theme from Finlandia carries words based on St. Paul's hymn in Philippians, as well as thoughts inspired by Mother Teresa and St. Augustine. …

Title: The Lamb His Sheep Redeems

URL: /sacred-music/the-lamb-his-sheep-redeems/
Words By: Robert Loretz
Music By: Robert Loretz
This hymn is especially good for the Easter Season from Easter Sunday until Pentecost but can also be used in Ordinary time, especially for Good Shepherd Sunday or when the readings focus on Christ as…

Title: The King Is Your Bridegroom

URL: /sacred-music/the-king-is-your-bridegroom-2/
Words By: St. Teresa of Avila, adapted by Robert Loretz
Music By: Spanish Medieval Traditional
This song celebrates a nun becoming the bride of Christ at her profession or renewal of vows, and emphasises the gratuitous nature of this gift and the delicate intimacy that the King will bestow on…

Title: That God Might Be All In All

URL: /sacred-music/that-god-might-be-all-in-all/
Category: ,
Words By: Robert Loretz
Music By: Robert Loretz
The words draw on the Vatican II document on the liturgy: Sacrosanctum Concilium, which in turn quotes phrases from St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas. They lift the mind and invite the heart to contemplate…

Title: Te Deum

URL: /sacred-music/te-deum/
Category: 
Words By: Adapted from the Te Deum by Robert Loretz
Music By: Traditional Gregorian Hymn Tune and original chorus (Robert Loretz)
This lilting tune in the dorian mode has a triumphal feel that gives the words of the Te Deum a declamatory feel suited to its triumphal mood of praise. The whole of the Church in…

Title: St Patrick's Magnificat

URL: /sacred-music/st-patrick-magnificat/
Category: 
Words By: Robert Loretz based on excerpts from St. Patrick's Confessions
Music By: Robert Loretz
This ballad is inspired by St. Patrick's own words in his Confessions. The title comes from the fact that St. Patrick is so acutely aware that he has received untold graces despite his nothingness, and…

Title: Soul of Christ

URL: /sacred-music/soul-of-christ/
Words By: Pope John XXII
Music By: Robert Loretz
This is two part round. It could be sung first time through in unison so that the words are clearly heard and then repeated in two parts. if done this way then the repeat should…

Title: Sleep Now, Gentle Jesus (Christmas Season)

URL: /sacred-music/sleep-now-gentle-jesus-christmas-season/
Category: 
Words By: Robert Loretz
Music By: Franz Schubert (from the Wanderer Fantasy)
This hymn contrasts the peace of the new born baby with his coming passion, which wins us peace. It brings together the joyful poverty of the crib with the redemptive poverty of the cross. The…

Title: Rosary Hymns

URL: /sacred-music/rosary-hymns/
Category: 
Words By: Robert Loretz
Music By: Traditional
These hymns are intended to complement the praying of the rosary. There is one verse to be sung before each mystery, which recalls the essence of the mystery. The music chosen reflects the spirit of…

Title: Psalms: Liturgical Year C

URL: /sacred-music/psalms-liturgical-year-c/
Category: 
Music By: Robert Loretz
As well as the Psalms for Sunday Masses of Liturgical Year C, you will also find a PDF that introduces the psalm tones and has further information on the individual modes used throughout and also…

Title: Psalms: Liturgical Year B

URL: /sacred-music/psalms-liturgical-year-b/
Category: 
Music By: Robert Loretz
As well as the Psalms for Sunday Masses of Liturgical Year B, you will also find a PDF that introduces the psalm tones and has further information on the individual modes used throughout and also…

Title: Psalms: Liturgical Year A

URL: /sacred-music/psalms-liturgical-year-a/
Category: 
Music By: Robert Loretz.
As well as the Psalms for Sunday Masses of Liturgical Year A, you will also find a PDF that introduces the psalm tones and has further information on the individual modes used throughout and also…

Title: Peter, Our Rock

URL: /sacred-music/peter-our-rock/
Category: 
Words By: Robert Loretz
Music By: Robert Loretz (adapted from Gregorian)
This hymn adapts the melody of a traditional chant, to invoke St Peter under various aspects of his life with Christ and his mission. It seeks his prayers and protection, recalling his mandate from Christ…

Title: O Wonderful Exchange

URL: /sacred-music/o-wonderful-exchange/
Words By: Robert Loretz
Music By: Gregorian Chant 11th Century
This hymn celebrates the mystery of the divine human exchange. The words are inspired by St. Athanasius, as he wonders at the emptying of Christ that we may be filled. …

Title: O Pierce my Heart

URL: /sacred-music/o-pierce-my-heart/
Words By: Robert Loretz
Music By: Robert Loretz
This hymn uses the ancient introit form of antiphon and verses. The antiphon is newly composed and is in the phrygian mode, while the verses use the traditional psalm tone melody for Mode 3. The…

Title: O Holy Simon Peter

URL: /sacred-music/o-holy-simon-peter/
Category: ,
Words By: Robert Loretz
Music By: Gregorian (Traditional)
Here the traditional hymn chant for the office of Sts Peter and Paul is used, with newly composed words, which invoke St Peter, recalling many of the mysteries of his life with Christ and his…

Title: O Hail, Holy Virgin

URL: /sacred-music/o-hail-holy-virgin/
Words By: Robert Loretz
Music By: Traditional
This adaptation of the Lourdes Hymn has been made especially for the Church in Oceania, as it mentions the first bishop of Oceania Bishop Pompallier who was ordained in Lyons, thus linking the Church in…

Title: O God of Truth

URL: /sacred-music/o-god-of-truth/
Words By: St. Ambrose of Milan
Music By: Robert Loretz
This hymn takes the words of St. Ambrose of Milan and adds the invocation in Hebrew: "Yeshua Maranatha" (Come Lord Jesus), which is the cry of the Holy Spirit and the Church at the end…

Title: O Filii et Filiae

URL: /sacred-music/o-filii-et-filiae/
Category: 
Words By: Robert Loretz
Music By: Medieval Traditional
This joyful Easter Carol recounts the events of Easter week from Mary Magdalen to Thomas' encounter with the Risen Lord. Based on the Latin carol: O Filii et Filiae, the original Latin first verse concludes…

Title: O Cross, Our Only Trophy

URL: /sacred-music/o-cross-our-only-trophy/
Words By: Robert Loretz
Music By: Traditional (Adoro Te Devote)
This familiar tune makes this hymn very accessible for Parish singing. It is especially appropriate for the feast of the "Triumph of the Cross", (August 14), but can be used any time to recall Christ's…

Title: O Cross, Our Only Hope

URL: /sacred-music/o-cross-our-only-hope/
Words By: Robert Loretz based on a homily from St. Andrew of Crete
Music By: Robert Loretz
This lilting music in the Mixolydian Mode (Mode VII) gives the impression of a ballade or love-song to the Holy Cross. It captures a mood perfect for the feast of the "Triumph of the Cross"…

Title: O Come Emmanuel, the 7 "O" Antiphons

URL: /sacred-music/o-come-emmanuel-the-7-o-antiphons/
Category: 
Words By: Liturgical Antiphons for the "O's" of Advent, adapted by Robert Loretz
Music By: Traditional (O Come O Come Emmanuel)
I have adapted the words of the seven "O" antiphons for liturgical use as Alleluia acclamations or Magnificat Antiphons for Vespers from December 17th - 23rd. The hymn can be used throughout the whole of…

Title: O Beauty Ever Ancient

URL: /sacred-music/o-beauty-ever-ancient/
Words By: St. Augustine from the Confessions, adapted by Robert Loretz
Music By: Norwegian medieval traditional, arranged by Robert Loretz
This hymn uses a hauntingly beautiful Norwegian folk melody to set words adapted from the Confessions of St. Augustine, from the famous passage "Late have I loved You..." The saint marvels at the presence of…

Title: Now Is The Dawn Of Grace

URL: /sacred-music/now-is-the-dawn-of-grace/
Words By: Robert Loretz
Music By: Michael Praetorius
Using the music from the beautiful and peaceful Christmas carol of Michael Praetorius (A Great and Mighty Wonder), the Scriptural words adapted here speak of preparation for the mission of the Messiah achieved by St.…

Title: No More, Lord, May We Walk Apart

URL: /sacred-music/no-more-lord-may-we-walk-apart/
Words By: Robert Loretz
Music By: Medieval Traditional
The hymn is a prayer for the grace of a deeper union with Christ, to be his living tabernacle, truly fed by his body, set free by his cross, and called to live his mercy.…

Title: Most Holy Trinity

URL: /sacred-music/most-holy-trinity/
Words By: Robert Loretz
Music By: Robert Loretz
This is an invocation and consecration to the Holy Trinity, our Creator and Redeemer. In response to the gift of creation and redemption, we seek to give ourselves back to Him in the same grace…

Title: Missa Brevis

URL: /sacred-music/missa-brevis/
Category: 
Words By: Catholic Liturgy - ICEL new English translation
Music By: Robert Loretz
I have set the words of the approved English Translation for the Ordinary of the Mass. I make them available to those who would like to use them for the liturgy in any country where…

Title: May the Angels Lead You into Paradise

URL: /sacred-music/may-the-angels-lead-you-into-paradise/
Category: 
Words By: Catholic Liturgy for Requiem Mass
Music By: Robert Loretz
Modal (dorian), reverent, solemn, simple and hauntingly beautiful, this hymn is perfect as a recessional at a funeral, as the coffin is taken out. In such a moment, one can almost see the angels and…

Title: Mary, What You Lived in Your Heart

URL: /sacred-music/mary-what-you-lived-in-your-heart/
Category: ,
Words By: Robert Loretz
Music By: Robert Loretz
This hymn lifts the mind and heart to union with the approaching offering of the Eucharist. Thus, it is aimed directly at aiding the full active conscious participation of all the faithful in the Eucharistic…

Title: Lully Lulla

URL: /sacred-music/lully-lulla/
Category: 
Words By: Traditional and additional verses by Robert Loretz
Music By: Medieval Traditonal
This hymn combines the traditional carol of lament for the babes lost under King Herod with a prayer for unborn children and their mothers in our time. The musical attitude is reverent and plantive. …

Title: Loving God (Wedding)

URL: /sacred-music/loving-god/
Category: 
Words By: Robert Loretz
Music By: Holst (Jupiter)
This hymn, for a couple getting married, prays that they fully live the grace of their vocation as a participation in the love between Christ and the Church. The choice of the well-known Holst melody…

Title: Lo, A Great Sign Appeared In Heav'n

URL: /sacred-music/lo-a-great-sign-appeared-in-heavn/
Words By: Adapted from the Liturgy for the Assumption by Robert Loretz
Music By: Anton Brucker
This is a setting of texts used in the liturgy each year for the feast of the Assumption of Mary. The first verse is an adaptation from Revelation 12, where Mary is revealed as glorious…

Title: Let Us Sing To You, O Mary

URL: /sacred-music/let-us-sing-to-you-o-mary/
Words By: Robert Loretz
Music By: Holst (Jupiter)
This hymn uses the stirring theme from Holst's Jupiter to celebrate the participation of Mary in the mysteries of salvation, and thus the Church's place in these. The second verse in part draws on the…

Title: Let Us Come to You O Lord

URL: /sacred-music/let-us-come-to-you-o-lord/
Words By: Robert Loretz
Music By: Robert Loretz
The words are taken from Sacred Scripture, focussing on the Church as the Temple of the Holy Spirit and participation in the priesthood of Christ. The music uses the ancient form of the Gregorian Introit…

Title: Lauda Sion (Corpus Christi Sequence)

URL: /sacred-music/lauda-sion-2/
Words By: Thomas Aquinas (Translated by Robert Loretz)
Music By: Robert Loretz, adapted from J.S.Bach Prelude in Cm, Bk. 2
This is a setting of the sequence for the feast of Corpis Christi, or The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of the Lord." The music is the same as that used for the sequence…

Title: Know the Word: Prayer of Mother Teresa

URL: /sacred-music/know-the-word-prayer-of-mother-teresa/
Words By: Adapted from a prayer of Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Music By: Robert Loretz
The music has a reverent and lyrical mood. The words pray that we know, love, live and give the Word, growing in Christ's holiness through Mary's humility. …

Title: Joseph, the Shining Glory of the Heavens

URL: /sacred-music/joseph-the-shining-glory-of-the-heavens/
Words By: St. Ambrose of Milan adapted by Robert Loretz
Music By: St. Hildegard of Bingen

Title: Joseph, Embrace Me Now

URL: /sacred-music/joseph-embrace-me-now/
Category: 
Words By: Robert Loretz
Music By: Robert Loretz
This hymn juxtaposes Christ's might as Lord and Saviour with His becoming little and entrusting Himself to St. Joseph. Following the Lamb wherever He goes, we also entrust ourselves to St. Joseph who will provide…

Title: Joseph, Carrying All

URL: /sacred-music/joseph-carrying-all/
Category: 
Music By: Robert Loretz

Title: Jesus You Are the Virgin's Crown

URL: /sacred-music/jesus-you-are-the-virgins-crown/
Words By: St. Ambrose adapted by Robert Loretz
Music By: St. Hildegard of Bingen
This hymn uses the music of St. Hildegard of Bingen, for a text adapted into English from St. Amborse by Robert Loretz. It is especially suitable for the feast of any consecrated virgin or religious…

Title: If You But Knew the Gift of God

URL: /sacred-music/if-you-but-knew-the-gift-of-god/
Words By: Robert Loretz
Music By: Robert Loretz
This hymn uses the ancient introit form of antiphon and verses. The antiphon is newly composed and is in the phrygian mode, while the verses use the traditional psalm tone melody for Mode 3. The…

Title: I Will Praise You, Holy Francis

URL: /sacred-music/i-will-praise-you-holy-francis/
Words By: Robert Loretz
Music By: Medieval Traditional Italian Folk
This 20 verse ballad celebrates St. Francis wonderful and unique life, summarising the main events from before his conversion to his death. It captures the infectious spirit of the saint. It could be used for…

Title: I Will Hold Him

URL: /sacred-music/i-will-hold-him-prayer-of-st-alphonsus-liguori/
Words By: St. Alphonsus Liguori
Music By: Robert Loretz
This song uses the words of a prayer by St. Alphonsus Liguori expressing the desire to totally belong to Jesus. The music uses mode 3 and has a plaintive and searching character. It is suitable…

Title: I Thirst

URL: /sacred-music/i-thirst/
Words By: Robert Loretz
Music By: Robert Loretz
This hymn takes the decisive encounter of Mother Teresa with the Thirst of Jesus from the cross as its starting point, recounting its impact on her and praying for the grace to live in that…

Title: I Have Surrendered

URL: /sacred-music/i-have-surrendered/
Words By: St. Teresa of Avila
Music By: Robert Loretz
This hymn is a setting of a poem of St. Teresa of Avila, in which her soul sings of the holy exchange between itself and God - He has given everything for her (in His…

Title: Holy Spirit, Lord of Light (Pentecost Sequence)

URL: /sacred-music/holy-spirit-lord-of-light/
Words By: Catholic Liturgy for Pentecost
Music By: Robert Loretz, based on J.S. Bach
This is a musical setting of the sequence for Pentecost Sunday between the second reading and the Gospel Acclamation. …

Title: Holy Spirit, Fill Our Hearts

URL: /sacred-music/holy-spirit-fill-our-hearts-2/
Words By: Robert Loretz
Music By: Robert Loretz, based on a Byzantine Melogy
This invocation of the Holy Spirit can be sung by full congregation /choir or as a call and response between cantor and congregation / choir. It is especially good for the Sacrament of Confirmation, was…

Title: Hallelujah!

URL: /sacred-music/hellelujah/
Words By: Robert Loretz
Music By: Renaissance Traditional

Title: Hail Mary

URL: /sacred-music/hail-mary/
Category: ,

Title: God Loved The World So Much

URL: /sacred-music/god-loved-the-world-so-much/
Words By: Sacred Scripture adapted by Robert Loretz
Music By: Robert Loretz (based on J.S. Bach)

Title: God Alone Suffices

URL: /sacred-music/god-alone-suffices-2/
Words By: St. Teresa of Avila
Music By: Robert Loretz

Title: God Alone is my Maker

URL: /sacred-music/god-alone-is-my-maker/
Words By: Adapted from St. Robert Bellarmine by Robert Loretz
Music By: Robert Loretz

Title: Glory Be (3 Part Round)

URL: /sacred-music/glory-be-3-part-round/
Category: 
Words By: Traditional Doxology
Music By: Robert Loretz
This spirited round is ideal for schools, camps, etc. It has a festive air and in three parts the praise of the Trinity is emphasised: At once, Father, Son and Holy Spirit are praised, and…

Title: Gaudete (For the Third Sunday of Advent)

URL: /sacred-music/gaudete/
Category: 
Words By: Robert Loretz
Music By: Traditional Medieval, Arranged by Robert Loretz
This adaptation of the Medieval Christmas carol by the same name, is especially for Gaudete Sunday, and includes the opening of the Latin antiphon for that day that gives the Sunday it's name and flavour.…

Title: Gaudeat Ecclesia (Ordinary Time)

URL: /sacred-music/gaudeat-ecclesia-ordinary-time/
Category: ,
Words By: Robert Loretz (translated or newly written)
Music By: 13th Century Traditional
The words are adapted for the English language, and other verses are newly composed. The chorus is half in English and half in the original Latin: 'Eya et eya, regia egregia, gaudeat ecclesia!', which means:…

Title: Gaudeat Ecclesia (Christmas Season)

URL: /sacred-music/gaudeat-ecclesia-christmas-season/
Category: 
Words By: Robert Loretz, translated or newly written
Music By: 13th Century Traditional
Here the original verses are largely intact, and have a clear Christmas flavour, celebrating the mystery of the Incarnation and the freedom that it brings. The chorus is half in English and half in the…

Title: Gather, Lord Your People

URL: /sacred-music/gather-lord-your-people/
Words By: Robert Loretz
Music By: Plainchant
This hymn uses the ancient tune of "Humbly We Adore Thee" and focusses on the convocation of God's people for worship, born in baptism, formed by the Holy Eucharist. It implores the Lord for His…

Title: Eternal Priest

URL: /sacred-music/eternal-priest/
Words By: Robert Loretz
Music By: Jean Sibelius (Finlandia)
Hymn for the Ordination of a man to the Priesthood in the Presbyteral Order This hymn, addressed to Christ, the Eternal Priest, prays for the ordinand to have his heart configured to Christ's, who is Shepherd,…

Title: Come Holy Spirit, Gather Us In

URL: /sacred-music/come-holy-spirit-gather-us-in/
Words By: Robert Loretz
Music By: Robert Loretz
The verses invite the Holy Spirit to dispose us for worship, for the encounter with the Word, the Body and Blood of the Lord and the sanctifying mission to the world. The music uses the…

Title: Come Holy Spirit

URL: /sacred-music/come-holy-spirit/
Words By: Traditional
Music By: Robert Loretz
This familiar prayer, "Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful" is set to music as a possible prelude to prayer and devotional occasions, or for Pentecost Sunday.…

Title: Christ The Lord Has Ascended High (Ascension Chorus)

URL: /sacred-music/christ-the-lord-has-ascended-high-ascension-chorus/
Category: 
Words By: Robert Loretz
Music By: Traditional Gregorian Chant
This is a hymn written especially for the time between Ascension and Pentecost, celebrating the Eternal Priesthood of Christ, exercised from heaven, thanks to His ascension in the Body. From heaven, Christ intercedes for us…

Title: Chanel Mass (in Te Reo Maori)

URL: /sacred-music/chanel-mass-in-te-reo-maori/
Category: 
Words By: Catholic Liturgy in Te Reo Maori
Music By: Robert Loretz
This is a setting of the Kyrie (E Te Ariki), the Sanctus (He Tapu), the Memorial Acclamation (Kapanui Matou) and the Agnus Dei (E Te Reme a Te Atua) intended for parish or school use…

Title: Cause of Our Delight

URL: /sacred-music/cause-of-our-delight/
Words By: Robert Loretz
Music By: Hungarian Medieval Traditional
The hymn celebrates Mary as the cause of our joy, and seeks her intercession. The music is joyful and lilting, yet noble. The appropriateness of a Marian hymn for the gifts is seen in the…

Title: Ascent To Mt Carmel

URL: /sacred-music/ascent-to-mt-carmel/
Words By: Adapted from St. John of the Cross by Robert Loretz
Music By: Robert Loretz
This song is an English version of the canticle "Ascent to Mt. Carmel" by St. John of the Cross. I have attempted to capture the feel of his poem by keeping as best I could…

Title: All Praise Most High

URL: /sacred-music/all-praise-most-high/
Words By: St. Francis of Assisi
Music By: Robert Loretz
This setting of the Canticle of Creation by St. Francis of Assisi is unique in that the chorus is a three part round, and the verses use an ancient psalm tone. The chorus can be…

Title: All Highest Glorious God (Prayer of St. Francis)

URL: /sacred-music/all-highest-glorious-god-prayer-of-st-francis/
Words By: St. Francis of Assisi
Music By: Robert Loretz
This is a setting of the prayer made by St. Francis before the crucifix that spoke to him at the San Damiano church in Assisi, when he was called to "Rebuild my Church, which as…

Title: All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name (Crown Him Lord of All)

URL: /sacred-music/all-hail-the-power-of-jesus-name/
Category: ,
Words By: Traditional
Music By: Robert Loretz
The mood is triumphant and evocative of the Medieval Court. The second verse can be sung with the descant for a particularly triumphant feel.…

Title: A Woman Trapped in Darkness

URL: /sacred-music/a-woman-trapped-in-darkness-2/
Tags: 
Words By: Robert Loretz
Music By: Robert Loretz
This hymn follows the journey of Mary Magdelen from the healing encounter with Christ to her priveleged witnessing of his resurrection, emphasising the love she poured out for Him in gratitude to his healing touch.…

Title: A Love For You Alone

URL: /sacred-music/a-love-for-you-alone/
Words By: St. John of the Cross, "Ascent to Mount Carmel"
Music By: Robert Loretz

Title: A Glory Yet Unseen

URL: /sacred-music/a-glory-yet-unseen/
Category: ,
This proclamation of Mary's Coronation uses the music from "This Joyful Eastertide", which adds to the festive air of celebration.…

Our affordable 
plans

Unlimited access
License for non-commercial use
Complete audio & scores
Individual

US $99 /year

For personal, non-commercial use
Get Started
Church/Parish

US $99 /year

For church services
Get Started
Diocese

US $799 /year

For use in church services throughout the diocese
Get Started
Our Testimonials

What others are saying about us