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Cantemos al Señor (O Sing unto the Lord)

Scripture References

Further Reflections on Scripture References

Psalm 96 is a firm reference, but also see Psalm 104:1-26 when we sing of God’s creative acts, and Psalm 124:1-4 and 15-24 when we sing of God’s grandness and glory.

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

The God who was active in providing his Son for our redemption, has also been active in the course of history and in the lives of his people. His activity in the course of history began when he created all things. Belgic Confession, Article 12 teaches that God, “when it seemed good to him, created heaven and earth and all other creatures from nothing, by the Word—that is to say, by the Son.” In addition, “God created human beings from the dust of the earth and made and formed them in his image and likeness.”
 
His activity also includes his constant care for all he has created. “…He watches over us with fatherly care, sustaining all creatures under his lordship” (Belgic Confession, Article 13). Additionally, God reveals himself by this “creation, preservation and government of the universe, since that universe is before our eyes like a beautiful book...” (Belgic Confession, Article 2).
 

We also believe that God’s mighty acts are revealed “in the unfolding of covenant history…witnessing to the news that Our World Belongs to God and he loves it deeply” (Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 33). Primary among these actions in the unfolding of covenant history is “the long road of redemption to reclaim the lost as his people and the world as his kingdom” (paragraph 18). As God’s people observe his work in their lives and in history they respond with praise and adoration.

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Cantemos al Señor (O Sing unto the Lord)

Additional Prayers

Optional prayer
For the gift of creation, we praise you!
For the stars and planets, we praise you!
For the sun and moon, we praise you!
For the mountains and seas, we praise you!
For the trees and plants, we praise you!
For the birds and animals, we praise you!
For boys and girls, we praise you!
For women and men, we praise you!
For work and rest, we praise you!
(Add other phrases as appropriate, and conclude with the refrain.)
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Cantemos al Señor (O Sing unto the Lord)

Tune Information

Name
ROSAS
Key
d minor or modal
Meter
6.7.6.8 D refrain 4.4.6.4
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Cantemos al Señor (O Sing unto the Lord)

Composer Information

Raquel Mora Martinez (b. Allende, Coahuila, Mexico, 1940) served on the editorial committee for Celebremos, a collection of Hispanic songs, and also supervised the revision of Himmnario Metodista (1973), both United Methodist publications. Martinez, a church musician and editor for Word, Inc., received a B.A. in music education from the University of Texas in El Paso, Texas, and a Master of Sacred Music degree from the Perkins School of Theology, Dallas, Texas. She also studied at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.
— Bert Polman

Author and Composer Information

Carlos Rosas is a pioneer and expert in Hispanic liturgical music, utilizing the popular rhythms of the music of Mexico for his compositions.
 
Carlos was born in Linares, Nuevo León, Mexico, where he began his studies in music and liturgy at the age of 12. Two experiences inspire Carlos’s music: biblical reflection and liturgical celebration. “The two go together,” he says, “feeding and enhancing one another.”
 
He has served as liturgy coordinator and composer in residence at the Mexican Americal Cultural Centre and choir director at San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio, Texas. He was also coordinator of base Christan communities for the Diocese of Phoenix, director of Hispanic ministry for the Diocese of Baker in Bend, Oregon, and director of music and liturgy coordinator for Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Laredo, Texas. 
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