February 20, 2018

All God’s Children (2012)


Ave Verum Corpus 3’00”
Ave Maris Stella 2’35”
Hail, O Glorious God 1’00”
Pange Langua Gloriosi 3’40”
Alleluia 2’25”
(Recording: Vancouver Singers; Jana Hart, director)

for soprano solo, SATB chorus, and Chamber orchestra:
flute, Bb clarinet, horn in F, harp, percussion (small triangle, chimes[G, A, Bb], glockenspiel, timpani, large suspended cymbal, tambourine, mounted finger cymbals), and strings.

Level: medium, 12’35″
(Score in preparation)

Program Notes:

“‘All God’s Children’ was commissioned by THE VANCOUVER USA SINGERS, Jana Hart, music director and conductor. Jana kindly gave me no restrictions on texts, “just write what you want!”– wonderful, trusting, liberating words to a composer’s ear!

Having always wanted to do settings of some of my favorite Latin prayers, I selected three, plus an added movement based upon an original text, and an ALLELUIA. The work is basically a melodic one, and has an inherent message of compassion for all, especially people in poverty and with special needs. 

On a personal note, I have known Jana and her family for many years, and it was a special joy to write a new work for such a kind and gifted friend.”

—Henry Mollicone


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Lyrics and Translation

Ave verum corpus
natum de Maria virgine,
Vere passum, immolatum
in cruce pro homine,
cujus latus perforatum
fluxit aqua et sanguine,
esto nobis praegustatum
mortis in examine.

O Jesu dulcis, O Jesu pie,
O Jesu fili Mariae.

May God bless
all the people of the earth.

Hail, true body
born of the Virgin Mary,
Truly suffering and sacrificed
on the cross for humankind,
Whose side was pierced
and overflowed with water and blood,
Show us your mercy
at the judgement of death,

O sweet Jesus, O merciful Jesus,
O Jesus, son of Mary.

May God bless
all the people of the earth.

Ave maris stella,
Dei Mater alma,
atque semper Virgo,
felix caeli porta.

Sumens illud Ave
Gabrielis ore,
funda nos in pace,
mutans Evæ nomen.

Solve vincla reis,
profer lumen cæcis,
mala nostra pelle,
bona cuncta posce.

Monstra te esse matrem,
sumat per te preces,
qui pro nobis natus,
tulit esse tuus.

Virgo singularis,
Inter omnes mitis,
nos culpis solutos,
mites fac et castos.

Vitam præsta puram,
iter para tutum,
ut videntes Jesum
semper collætemur.

Sit laus Deo Patri,
summo Christo decus,
Spiritui Sancto,
tribus honor unus. Amen.

Hail, star of the sea,
Blessed Mother of God,
And ever Virgin,
Happy gate of heaven.

Receiving that “Ave”
from the mouth of Gabriel,
Grant us peace,
transforming the name of Eve.

Loose the chains of sinners,
Send light to the blind,
our evil dispel;
Obtain for us all good things.

Show thyself a Mother:
May He receive your prayers
who, born for us,
was willing to be Thy son.

O blessed Virgin,
Meek above all others,
make us free from sin.
Meek and pure.

Obtain for us a pure life,
Prepare a safe path,
That seeing Jesus,
We may rejoice with Thee.

Praise be to God the Father,
Glory to Christ on high,
Honor to the Holy Spirit,
one in three. Amen

Hail, Hail, O Glorious God
Soprano Solo



Hail, hail O glorious God,
Great creator of us all,
Send down your love unto all your children
And fill us with compassion,
That we may open our hearts to those in need–
The poor, the homeless, the hungry,
And all of your creatures who suffer.
Soprano Solo Hail, hail O glorious God.
Pange lingua gloriosi
corporis mysterium,
sanguinisque pretiosi,
quem in mundi pretium
fructus ventris generosi
rex effudit Gentium.

Nobis datus, nobis natus
ex intacta Virgine,
et in mundo conversatus,
sparso verbi semine,
sui moras incolatus
miro clausit ordine.

In supremae nocte coenae
recumbens cum fratribus,
observata lege plene
cibis in legalibus,
cibum turbae duodenae
se dat suis manibus.

Verbum caro, panem verum
verbo carnem efficit:
fitque sanguis Christi merum,
et si sensus deficit,
ad firmandum cor sincerum
sola fides sufficit.

Sing, my tongue,
the glorious mystery of
His precious body,
And of the precious blood,
Fruit of the precious womb,
Which he gave to save the world.

Of a pure, of a pure
and spotless Virgin
born for us on earth,
sowing the seed of His word,
until with a wonderful rite,
he closed his life.

On the night of the Last Supper,
seated with His brethren,
having fulfilled the required law,
as Food to His Apostles,
He gives Himself
with His own Hand.

Word made flesh, by His word
He changes bread into His body, and
Wine becomes the blood of Christ.
If our senses fail us,
Faith alone will make
Our hearts firm.

He is the light of the world.
There is hope for all the people of the earth!
Let us praise the Lord and honor him!

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