The official Hymn for the Holy Jubilee Year of Mercy is a beautiful, litany-style song by English liturgical composer, Paul Inwood. At first listen, though, the hymn perhaps isn’t that accessible by contemporary instruments such as guitar and piano.
We suspect there will also be those for whom the Latin refrain and response may be a bit of an uneasy fit, for whatever reason. It’s quite possible that this lovely hymn has not been as widely used as it could be, so far in this Holy Year of Mercy.
We love finding ways to build the bridge between traditional and contemporary expressions of liturgical music. So, we thought we’d produce a “guitar-friendly” version with optional English language refrain.
LISTEN: Hymn for the Year of Mercy (Sample)
Official resources for the Hymn are available to download from the Vatican website – including full keyboard/organ accompaniment and SATB choir parts.
As we journey through the latter half of this Jubilee year, it would be easy for our attention to drift a little. If this song hasn’t been part of your repertoire so far this year, we hope that introducing now it will help sustain your focus as we ponder and celebrate God’s unfailing mercy.
We’d love to hear from you in the comments below…