[Make me a channel of your peace]

Composer: Sebastian Temple

Sebastian Temple (1928-1997) grew up in South Africa and later moved to London, where he worked for the BBC on news broadcasts relating to South Africa. Sebastian converted to Catholicism and spent much of his time composing music for worship. He is best remembered for "The Prayer of St. Francis," which was played at the funeral of Princess Diana. --http://www.ocp.org/artists/587 Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: [Make me a channel of your peace]
Composer: Sebastian Temple (1967)
Meter: Irregular
Incipit: 33333 45353 3333
Key: D Major
Copyright: © 1967 OCP


TEMPLE was composed in the ballad and guitar style typical of 1960s folk music. After Vatican II permitted the use of languages other than Latin in worship, a number of Roman Catholic composers adopted this style, sometimes fusing it with a chant style (note the repeated melody tones), when they set vernacular texts to music (see 520).

This setting is for unison singing, though the refrain lines could easily be sung in harmony if more variety in texture is desired. The accompaniment suggests the use of guitars, but light accompaniment on piano or organ is also possible. Sing with two pulses per measure.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987


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