St. Francis SFPS-2 (1967)
Up to now the early post-Vatican II albums have come from the U.S. But there was activity in this field in the U.K. also, and probably the best known artist/song writer to get things started was Sebastian Temple.
Born in South Africa, he emigrated to the UK, where he spent many years active in Catholic work and writing. A secular Franciscan, he’s best known for his song “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace”, based on the Prayer of St. Francis, which was a favourite in the 1960’s and 1970’s and sung at Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997. That was also the year that Temple passed away himself.
His music is simple and upbeat; his wish was for people to be happy while singing his songs, and he certainly succeeds in that regard. This album is a good example of his work but, like so much of the era, it has been forgotten, even with the fame its composer and performer achieved in his lifetime.
Personal note: it was my intention to post this album soon after Sister Germaine’s, but I ended up in a Catholic hospital for a couple of days were I was able to view the election of Francis I as Pope. Temple was a Franciscan whose most popular song is based on St. Francis’ prayer. Now we have a Pope (and a Jesuit no less!) who takes Francis’ name as his own. Divine providence? I’d like to think so…
- Sing! People of God, Sing! (Sing! Sing! Sing!)
- Follow Christ (And Love The World As He Did)
- Your Will Be Done (If You would have me…)
- The Blessed Sacrament (Come, Let’s Share In The Banquet Of The Lord)
- Thank You Jesus
- All That I Am (All That I Do)
- Glorious God (King Of Creation)
- (Sing Praises To) The Living God (Glory Hallelujah)
- Take My Hands (And Make Them As Your Own)
- If We Eat Of The Lord (And We Drink Of The Lord)
- We Are One (In Jesus, All Of Us Are One)
- Prayer For Peace (Lord We Pray For Golden Peace, Peace All Over The Land)
- How Great Is Your Name
- The Mass Is Ended (All Go In Peace)