Into the Woods My Master Went – Holy Week 2017

I always love getting email from my Austin, TX friend Richard Kentopp (Check out his Gentle Wolves project). He and I both love the joy of spontaneous collaborations around a provocative theme.   Recently he invited six of us to all retune the same text – an ecological meditation on Christ at the Mount of Olives.  Thanks to Josh Banner at the Invitation Podcast for producing my track.

You can listen below.

The Canticle of Jonah for Holy Saturday


The canticle, or song of Jonah is a traditional text in daily prayer for Holy Saturday as we meditate on the death of Christ before his glorious resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Here are a number of versions of this song from our Canticles Compilation

Charts for these songs are available at Cardiphonia’s bandcamp site.

42 A Song of Jonah


AllMy prayer came to you in your holy temple,
and you brought up my life from the depths.

1I called to you, O God, out of my distress
and you answered me;
out of the belly of Sheol I cried,
and you heard my voice.

2You cast me into the deep,
into the heart of the seas,
and the flood surrounded me,
all your waves and billows passed over me.

Then I said, I am driven away from your sight;
how shall I ever look again upon your holy temple?

The waters closed in over me,
the deep was round about me;
weeds were wrapped around my head
at the roots of the mountains.

I went down to the land whose bars closed
upon me for ever,
yet you brought up my life from the depths, O God.

As my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, O God,
and my prayer came to you, into your holy temple.

With the voice of thanksgiving, I will sacrifice to you;
what I have vowed I will pay;
deliverance belongs to the Lord!

Jonah 2.2-7, 9