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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

    Jesus’ Name.”

    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

    (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, 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:

    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.”

    St. Joseph of Cupertino Flyer

    Published Quarterly by

    St. Joseph of Cupertino Parish,

    Communications Ministry

    Pastor: Rev. Gregory Kimm


    Steve Hill

    Mike Hoffman

    Justin Read

    Lorinda Rodrigues

    The Flyer, with color photos, is

    posted on the parish web site.

    Articles for the Flyer are welcomed

    from parishioners.

    Contact the Communications Ministry

    with a topic before writing it,

    Parish Calendar

    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

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