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Vengo a ti, Jesús amado (Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness)

Scripture References

Tune Information

Name
CANTO AL BORNQUEN
Key
a minor or modal
Meter
8.8.8.8 refrain 3.11.11

Musical Suggestion

The melody is presented only with guitar chords, which in this collection follow the more common pattern in South America of using the “do re mi” system; the first chord “la m” stands for A minor. In this case, the melody is very accessible rhythmically. Take a very relaxed tempo to allow time for the many words of this rich text time to sink in; feel a gentle lilting 3/4-pattern of a Latino dance, but with a ritard at the end of the second line, and especially before moving into the refrain. Guitars (classical rather than steel string) and/or keyboard could be sufficient, but also consider adding castanets and shakers.
 
During a communion service, have soloists or choir introduce this song in English, or if possible, in the beautiful Spanish, and after one or two stanzas, invite the congregation to join on the refrain.
 
I always stand amazed at the communion of the saints that is celebrated whenever we sing hymns that unite voices from different times and places and languages in praise to God.
(from Reformed Worship, Issue 66)
 
— Emily Brink
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