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Ricky Manalo, CSP, Rodolfo López, Estela García-López
October 24, 2018
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Be Still and Know I'm Here with Mass of Christ the Inner Light
Christian, Christian Contemporary Music
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Be Still and Know I'm Here
with Mass of Christ the Inner Light
by Ricky Manalo, CSP, Rodolfo López,
with Mass of Christ the Inner Light
by Ricky Manalo, CSP, Rodolfo López,
A new collection of repentance and God's mercy by 2018
Pastoral Musician of the Year
Father Ricky Manalo, the National Association of Pastoral Musicians' 2018 Pastoral Musician of the Year, releases his newest collection, Be Still and Know I'm Here. Focusing on God's love and mercy, this compilation of hymns and songs captures Ricky's well-known blend of traditional sound with the contemporary accompaniment of flute, piano, and guitar.
Songs of Reflection and Liturgical Contemplation:
Ricky utilizes a diversity of modes to convey wonder and awe, as well as prayer for forgiveness. Within the title track, the flute carries the melody, leading the vocalist from the very beginning of the song. As a composer, he shows his versatility through various instruments, moods, and musical styles. Each song encourages meditation, examining moments of darkness, soon graced by God's light. And throughout the collection, there is a beautiful element of hope. God actually accompanies every step of the way, our seemingly solitary journey. His forgiveness and guidance provide us with the light we need to continue on the road to salvation.
A Gentle and Evocative Mass Setting:
Ricky has composed a Mass setting with gently uplifting movements for choir, assembly, and ensemble to complement the more contemplative moments provided by the first five songs. The melody follows the pentatonic scale popularly utilized in Asian composition. Mass of Christ the Inner Light is the perfect blend of Western and Eastern musical styles, allowing for intercultural unity.
Ricky Manalo, CSP:
Long recognized for his liturgical music, Ricky Manalo, CSP, boasts a doctorate in theology and has been recently named the 2018 Pastoral Musician of the Year by NPM.
Paulist Father Ricky Manalo, CSP, studied composition and piano at the Manhattan School of Music, theology at the Washington Theological Union, liturgy and culture at the Graduate Theological Union, and sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. He completed his doctorate in Liturgy and the Sociology of Religion. He has written numerous articles and books on liturgical ministry, music, and intercultural competence.
Ricky’s music can be found in both Catholic and Protestant hymnals alike. His best-known works include “Worthy Is the Lamb,” “Many and Great,” “Ang Katawan Ni Kristo,” and “With One Voice,” as well as his Mass of Spirit and Grace. His compositions have been used in papal Masses celebrated by Pope Saint John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis. He has published two books: Chanting on Our Behalf, Revised Edition (OCP), and The Liturgy of Life (Liturgical Press). He recently collaborated with fellow composers on Our Common Home, a collection inspired by Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ encyclical, offering timely music, touching on themes of care for creation, poverty, and solidarity.
His most recent release, Be Still and Know I’m Here, is a more quiet, reflective, and meditative collection of liturgical music. Alongside these compositions is the new setting, Mass of Christ the Inner Light, which highlights Ricky’s skill of integrating traditional and contemporary music with Western and Eastern cultural sensibilities.
He is recognized as a leading authority on intercultural liturgical issues and music. He is a frequent lecturer, keynote presenter, and workshop leader in cross-cultural settings; he offers efficient applications and strategies. He also serves as an official consultor for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Ricky Manalo, CSP, is currently teaching at Santa Clara University and the Jesuit School of Theology (Berkeley, CA). When not traveling, he resides at Old St. Mary's Cathedral in Chinatown, San Francisco.
Check out this article on Ricky's passion for liturgical music and his being named the 2018 Pastoral Musician of the Year by NPM.
Rodolfo’s voice and guitar work are unmistakable. You know them from the dozens of recordings—and many national events—he has sung and played for. He is currently working on his second collection of liturgical music.
Rodolfo (Rudy) López is a talented musician, composer, producer, and workshop clinician who believes in the power of music to change the world and draw people more deeply into the liturgy. Having served parishes in California and Oregon as music director for many years, he is active as a songwriter, soloist, and arranger for events at national and international levels. An accomplished guitarist, he is a graduate of California State University at Los Angeles (CSULA), where he completed a bachelor of music in composition.
Rudy and his wife, Stella García-López, have published two collections of liturgical music with OCP: Brille Tu Luz and Cristo No Tiene Pies en el Mundo. Their popular bilingual Mass setting, Misa Santa Cecilia/Mass of St. Cecilia, is part of the Unidos en Cristo/United in Christ missal program. The pair recently wrote one of the songs on OCP's new Spanish-language contemporary compilation album, Bendito, Bendito, with songs for praise and worship. He has sung, played in, and produced dozens of Spanish-language and bilingual music recordings for OCP. Both Rodolfo and Estela composed "Rise!/¡Levántate!," the bilingual theme song for the 2018 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress.
Rudy’s events focus on the basic musical needs of bilingual and Spanish-speaking choirs and assemblies.
Currently, Rudy works for OCP as a Hispanic Events Specialist, recording producer, and clinician. He lives in Portland with his wife and children.
Estela García-López is a pastoral musician, composer, and event presenter. In both her career and her ministry, she is committed to enriching the liturgy through music in both English and Spanish.
Estela García-López is a pastoral musician, composer, and event presenter. She has worked in various bilingual parishes in Southern California and Oregon as a music director, choir director, cantor, and chorister. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in music with an emphasis in voice from California State University, Los Angeles. Her beautiful alto voice is heard on many recordings published by OCP.
Estela’s debut collection, Brille Tu Luz, created with her husband, Rodolfo, exudes their passion for evangelizing and challenging Hispanic communities to make a difference. The 12 Scripture-based songs feature a blend of contemporary and Latin styles. The two also collaborated on Misa Santa Cecilia/Mass of Saint Cecilia, the popular bilingual Mass setting used by multicultural parishes around the US. They featured in Flor y Canto, Tercera edición, and the Unidos en Cristo/United in Christ missal.
Their most recent collection, Cristo No Tiene Pies en el Mundo, offers an eclectic mix of eight songs that encourage us to live as examples of Christ's love. Her songs can be found in Spanish contemporary compilation albums Bendito, Bendito, songs for praise and worship, and Entre Tus Manos, with songs for comfort and healing. Both Estela and Rodolfo composed "Rise!/¡Levántate!," the bilingual theme song for the 2018 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress.
In both her career and her ministry, Estela is committed to enriching the liturgy through music in both English and Spanish. She offers workshops focused on music preparation for Spanish-speaking cantors and choirs.
Currently, she works as a music development specialist at OCP and leads the choir at Ascension Catholic Church in Portland, Oregon. She lives in Portland with her husband and their two children.
List of Songs:
1. Many and Great
2. Be Still and Know I'm Here
3. Turn Away from Sin
4. Penitential Act with Invocations (Mass of Christ the Inner Light
5, Glory to God (Mass of Christ the Inner Light)
7. Lenten Gospel Acclamation
8. Love the Lord, Your God
9. Preface Dialogue
11. Eucharistic Prayer II
12. We Proclaim Your Death
13. When We Eat This Bread
14. Save Us, Savior
15. Eucharistic Prayer II
16. Doxology and Amen
17. Lamb of God
18. Holy Mary, Revealing Your Son
19. O God, How Manifest Are Your Works
Original Release Date: October 24, 2018
Release Date: October 24, 2018
Copyright: (C) 2018 Ricky Manalo, CSP.
Published by OCP
Genres: Christian, Christian Contemporary Music