14 March 2014

Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday (Passion Sunday) with acclamations of “Hosanna” celebrating Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem and culminates in the “mother of all holy vigils” on Easter night.


As ever, the responsorial psalms provide a beautiful and poignant soundtrack as we recall the events of the story of our salvation.

Here are the links to accessible, contemporary settings that have been tried and tested. They are free to download for use in your school or church.

  • Palm Sunday - “My God, my God why have you forsaken me?” (Ps 21:2)
  • The Mass of Chrism - “I will sing forever of your love, O Lord.” (Ps 88:2)
  • Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Maundy Thursday) - “The blessing cup that we bless is a communion with the blood of Christ…” (Ps 115)
  • Good Friday - “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit” (Ps 30)
  • The Easter Vigil
    1. “Send for you spirit, O Lord and renew the face of the earth.” (Ps 103:30)
    2. “Preserve me God, I take refuge in you” (Ps 15:1)
    3. “I will sing to the Lord, glorius his triumph…” (Ex15:1)
    4. “I will praise you Lord, you have rescued me.” (Ps 29:2)
    5. “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation…” (Is 12:3)
    6. “You have the message of eternal life, O Lord…” (Ps 18)
    7. “Like the deer that yearns for running streams…” (Ps 41:2)
  • Easter Night & Easter Sunday - This day was made by the Lord we rejoice and are glad.” (Ps 117:24)

We hope these psalm settings will truly help you enter deeply into the mystery of God’s love that we celebrate in this Great Week..

How do you plan to use the Psalms during Holy Week? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below…

05 March 2014

In Lent 2006 the team from CJM MUSIC had the opportunity to spend time in the parish of Christ the King Catholic Community in Las Vegas.


For three Brits abroad, the sights and sounds of Las Vegas and the surrounding desert gave new resonance to the Gospel that first Sunday of Lent. We heard the words of Jesus’ Temptation in the Desert in a whole new way Continue Reading…

27 February 2014

In this episode Jo Boyce will be talking about Born for This - Our musical interpretation of the Stations of the Cross, which, over the past 20 years or so, has been a key part of the Lenten journey for more people than we can really begin to fathom.

A young Hannah Kelly in the Born for This cast of 2007

A young Hannah Kelly in the Born for This cast of 2007

One of those people is 20 year old, Hannah Kelly – who shares her wonderful memories and experience of being part of our Born for This cast for more than 10 years.

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27 February 2014

Even though our own team at CJM MUSIC aren’t presenting Born for This in 2014, there are many presentations taking place across the UK and beyond.  You can hear more about Born for This and our adventures over the years in episode 2 of our Music for the Masses podcast.

Born for This 2014

Here are a few of the Lent 2014 presentations that we are aware of.  If you know of any others please feel free to put their details in the comments below.
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24 February 2014

The season of Lent can often feel like a period of “austerity measures and government cuts“. Not unlike the ones we have become increasingly accustomed to in these days of financial evolution.


Perhaps it’s more helpful though to think of it as a period of investment, in preparation for the great spiritual return at Eastertide. If we enter deeply into these days of reconciliation and renewal, the joy and hope of the Resurrection can be experienced more deeply too.

For most of us, our Sunday Masses will be key milestones of this Lenten journey. Here are a few musical ideas that might help set the tone for the season.
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21 February 2014

The Responsorial Psalms during Lent are a beautiful soundtrack for this season of repentance, reconciliation and renewal.


From Ash Wednesday through to the fifth Sunday of Lent they serve to:

  1. Remind us of our own sinfulness – “my offences truly, I know them; my sin is always before me…” (Ps 50:5)
  2. Call us to turn to God with open hearts“O today listen to his voice, harden not your hearts…” (Ps 94:8) 
  3. Proclaim God’s unending mercy“if you, O Lord should mark our guilt, who would survive?” (Ps 129:3)

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14 February 2014

The dust of the New Year has settled and Lent is fast approaching.  Jo and the band will be marking this beautiful season of renewal and reconciliation with a three special Songs of the Prodigal concerts.

Songs of the Prodigal Concert

These intimate evenings of song and reflection for Lent promise to be prayerful, moving and uplifting, as always.

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21 January 2014
This is a guest post by Martin O’Brien, Artistic Director of Ten Ten Theatre, sharing his extraordinary experience producing a community Passion Play for the Year of Faith.

The Runcorn Passion was a community Passion play performed by the people of Runcorn and Frodsham in the Northwest of England with the final performance taking place in the town’s main shopping centre on Holy Saturday. An astonishing 250 people from the local community signed up.


There were parishioners from the various local Catholic churches, children from primary schools, students from secondary schools, and many from other Christian denominations and communities taking part; the youngest was four, the eldest over 80.
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08 January 2014

In this month’s episode, we remember and celebrate the music and legacy of our co-founder, Mike Stanley, who sadly died on Thursday 6 June 2013, aged just 48.

As we kick off the new year, Mike is very much in our hearts and minds. He would have celebrated his 49th birthday this month and one of his last public appearances with the CJM team was a year ago, for the BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship broadcast on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

Rememering Mike Stanley

Remembering Mike Stanley

In this episode Jo Boyce is talking to Andrew Moss, one of the many wonderful musicians who make up the CJM MUSIC Collective. Together they share their memories of the early days of the Boyce & Stanley musical partnership – even before the official incarnation of CJM MUSIC.

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