Musical Notes ♫♬ (Archive)

I first learned of this piece last year in music class with my son and then at my music training in November the history of this work was presented in one of our workshops. The simple and beautiful "May All Children" was composed by Kenneth K. Guilmartin in 1986 for the Montclair Cooperative School, where he was developed what was to become Music Together. Originally entitled "Soltice Song", it was written for the school's celebration of the fortieth anniversary of UNICEF. The song, rearranged and retitled "May All Children" appeared in the 2002 Music Together Sticks Song Collection in memory of the events of September 11th. Thousands of families were touched by its simple, heartfelt wish that our children-that everyone-should live in peace. As we enter into Christmas this is my prayer for you as well my dear friends.

 On Saturday we commemorate Katharina von Bora Luther, renewer of the church, who died December 20, 1552. Born to an impoverished nobleman, when Katharina (Katie) was five her mother died and she was sent to live in a convent. She later took vows as a nun, but around age twenty-four she and several other nuns who were influenced by the writings of Martin Luther left the convent. (Sidenote-how did these two meet? A former nun and former monk? Fascinating and fodder for some great comic material!). Six children were born to Katie and Martin. Though initially Luther felt little affection for Katie, she proved herself a gifted household manager and became a trusted partner. She was so influential that Luther took to calling her "my lord Katie."

 Gretchen Mundinger


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Daily Bible Verse

  • Malachi 4:1-6

    5Lo, I will send you the prophet Elijah before the great and terrible day of the LORD comes. 6He will turn the hearts of parents to their children and the hearts of children to their parents, so that I will not come and strike the land with a curse.

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