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St. Joseph of Cupertino St. Joseph of Cupertino Parish
Cupertino, California ~~ Founded 1913 ~~
Flyer November 2015
The Stories Behind the Songs
By Mike Hoffman
The purpose of this article, dear readers, is to tell you about the
stories behind some of the songs in the Breaking Bread
songbook. I am sharing these stories with you in the hope that
knowing the story behind the song will enhance your experience
of singing the song. Of course, there’s also the fact that they’re
wonderful stories I think more people should know.
While I have attempted to check out these stories, I do not
present them as being 100% historically accurate... All opinions
expressed herein are strictly mine.
All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name (732)
According to Wikipedia, this song is often called, “the national
anthem of Christendom.” The lyrics were written Edward
Perronet while he served as a missionary in India. They first
appeared in the November 1779 issue of the Gospel Magazine.
While serving as a missionary living in India in the 1800’s, the
Reverend E. P. Scott set out alone to share the gospel with a
dangerous and savage tribe. Several days into his journey, he was
surrounded by a group of warriors all pointing spears at him.
Expecting to die, Scott pulled out the violin he always carried
with him and began to play and sing, “All Hail the Power of
After playing several verses, Scott looked around and saw that
the warriors had lowered their spears and had tears in their eyes.
Over the remainder of his life, Scott spent much time with the
tribe, sharing the good news with them.
Precious Lord, Take My Hand (692)
The composer of this song, Reverend Thomas Dorsey (1899-
1993) is, according to Wikipedia, known as “the father of black
gospel music.” While at a revival in St. Louis, he received a
telegram saying that his wife had died in childbirth. When he got
home to Chicago the next morning, he was told that the baby had
also died. Describing the event years later, he said, “After putting
my wife away, the baby in the same casket, I went to the music
room, just browsing over the keys and seemingly the words, like
drops of water seemed to drop in line with me on the piano.”
The song was a favorite of Elvis Presley and Martin Luther King
Jr. According to Wikipedia, “King’s last words before his
assassination was a request to play it at a mass he was due to
attend that night.”
Amazing Grace (58)
John Newton, who wrote the words this song, was a slave trader.
He had no religious beliefs. While attempting to steer his ship
through a violent storm, believing all hope was lost, he
exclaimed, “Lord have mercy on us.” Soon afterwards, cargo
shifted in the hold and plugged up a leak and the ship was saved.
Newton felt that this incident was the beginning of his
conversion to Christianity. Years later, he was ordained a priest
in the Church of England. Seen in the light of his experiences, it
seems quite clear to me that the song is autobiographical. The
line, “Amazing grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch
like me!” is a celebration of his conversion.
Jonathan Aitken, a Newton biographer has estimated that
Amazing Grace is sung about 10 million times a year. President
Obama sang Amazing Grace (solo) during the funeral of one of
the Charleston church shooting victims.
Lord of the Dance (570)
This song is identified in the songbook as, “A Shaker Melody.”
The Shakers were a religious sect. Led by Ann Lee, they came to
America in 1774 to escape religious persecution in England.
Their name comes from the vigorous dancing movements that
were an integral part of the religious observances.
Sydney Carter, who was not a shaker, wrote “Lord of the Dance”
in 1963. The song was inspired by a number of influences
including the Shaker hymn, “Simple Gifts” (#514), Jesus and an
image of the Hindu god Siva in a dancing pose. Mr. Carter said
of this song,
“I see Christ as the incarnation of the Piper who is calling us. He
dances that shape and pattern which is at the heart of our reality.”
and “I did not think the churches would like it at all.”
So, we have a song in the songbook based on a Shaker hymn,
written by a man who was neither a Shaker nor a Catholic who
thought it would never catch on as a church hymn.
Shall We Gather at the River (616)
Robert Lowry (1826-1899) was a professor of literature and a
Baptist pastor who wrote many hymns. One afternoon in July
1864, he had a vision of heaven which included saints gathered
around the beautiful river of life. According to sharethefaith.com
(a source I have used for this article), it’s often sung at baptisms
and funerals. It was sung at the funeral of Supreme Court justice
William Douglas and in the movie, “Trip to Bountiful.”
Lead Me, Guide Me (392)
This song represents a trifecta, matched, I think, by very few
other songs. First, it was written by an African American
composer, second, it was a favorite song of Elvis Presley, and
third, it is, according to ignatianspirituality.com, a “best Ignatian
song.” The author of the article, Mr. Jim Manney “a popular
writer on Ignatian topics,” urges us to sing these words from the
song when facing a decision:
Lead me, guide me, along the way,
For, if you lead me, I cannot stray.
Lord let me walk each day with Thee.
Lead me, O Lord, lead me.
Pretty good advice, I think.
November 2015 St. Joseph of Cupertino Parish Page 4
Solve the Cryptogram
By Lorinda Rodrigues
Directions: Solve the Cryptogram; a cryptogram is a block of text which has been rendered unreadable through the use of what is
called a "substitution cypher.” This means each letter used in the original text has been substituted with another (G becomes A, F
becomes P, etc.). Letter/word positions, spaces and punctuation remain unchanged. All the Cryptograms below use the same alphabet
and are all related to one bible passage. For the solution, see our Parish website: http://www.stjoscup.org/newsletter.php
6 : 5 1
R L C O 6 : 5 1
“H W U E C P J B F B O A I M P W X E C W E K W U P
X L D O G M L U C P W F P O. D C L P F P M P W E Q
E C H Q H U B D Y D H J J J H F P G L M P F P M. E C H Q
I M P W X H Q U S G J P Q C, D C H K C H D H J J
A I F P G L M E C P J H G P L G E C P D L M J X.”
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Nov. 30 10:00 a.m. Comm. Center Consolation of Grief Fr. Chris Bennett
Dec. 3 7:00 pm Church Parish Reconciliation
Dec. 6 12:30 p.m. Comm. Center Christmas Traditions & Customs
Dec. 10 9:30 a.m. Comm. Center Eucharist throughout the Bible
Dec. 11 6:30 pm Church Our Lady of Guadalupe mass with reception
Dec. 15, 20 5:00 pm Church Simbang Gabi masses; reception following
Dec. 24 5:00 pm Church Mass with Emphasis on Children
Jan. 3 12:30 p.m. Comm. Center Feast of the Epiphany Celebration
Jan. 10 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm Hall Crab feed, Holy Name Society
Jan. 17 9:30 a.m. Welcome mass & reception
Jan. 21 7:00 p.m. Comm. Center Bible Study on Galatians Begins
Jan. 24 1:00 p.m. Rectory Confirmation information session
Feb. 6 10:00 a.m. Chapel Anointing of the Sick, Msgr. Milani
Feb. 10 Ash Wednesday
Mon. & Sat. 6:30 pm Hall Bingo
Tuesdays 2:00 – 3:00 pm Comm. Center Meditation with Sr. Dorothy
Wednesdays 7:15 – 8:45 pm Rectory RCIA
Wednesdays 9:00 am –12:15 pm Eucharistic adoration
Thursdays 7:00 – 9:00 pm Comm. Center Bible Study
4th Thursday 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Comm. Center Prayer Group
1st Saturday 9:00 am Comm. Center Talk by Fr. Athanasius on Mary
Sundays 10:30 – 11:00 am Front of church Video Lending Library
1st Sunday Morning masses Comm. Center Hospitality after mass – coffee and donuts
2nd Sunday 12:30 pm Rectory Grief Support