Monday, February 11, 2013
Well, the first (hopefully annual) St. Ambrose hymn writing contest is history. The winner has been announced, along with some honorable mentions. [Click here to see the announcement.] For the first year, it exceeded our expectations. Not only did we receive 35 entries (!), but there were many good hymns to choose from. There were a few duds, but the good far outweighed the not-so-good. Some of these hymns (not just the winner) I hope to use in my congregation. I will also encourage a few of them to submit their work to other publishing houses to see if they can be put out there for the church's use. For the purpose of the contest was to provide hymns for the church's use for pericopes that do not have hymnody written for them. This year the Gospel was the Parable of the Talents. What will the next pericope be? Stay tuned! The announcement will be made soon . . .