Deep Peace by Barbara Bridge

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Deep Peace
By Barbara Bridge

A warm and melodious 14-piece collection comprised of music for choirs, assemblies, and instrumentalists.
Barbara Bridge offers Deep Peace, 14 lovely pieces composed for SATB choir and assembly, with keyboard and guitar accompaniments. Many songs include Taizé-inspired chant, creating meditative atmospheres that promote personal prayer and reflection, and lyrical repetition that allows for introspection. It is a collection that draws us closer to our God through its comfort, warmth and inviting melodies.

These pieces span a 20-year journey, during which time Barbara worked at OCP as part of the Music Development Team. It is her experience as a choir director, cantor and presenter, and dedication to faith formation that allows her to create such unique, powerful music for liturgy, prayer, and devotion.

Contemplative Pieces:
“Deep Peace” is an uplifting text that transcends religious identity. Newly arranged for piano and SATB choir, this piece features an intentionally simple melody suitable for most choirs.
With a chant-like melody, “As a Mother Cares” uses the analogy of a mother’s love for her child to demonstrate the immense mercy of God.
And “Veni, Creator Spiritus” is built around an ostinato, invoking the Holy Spirit to come among us. The lyrical simplicity of this piece adds to its intensity and power, making it a great addition to any choir’s repertoire.

Three Litanies:
Barbara has also composed three lovely litanies for use during prayer services. Her “Litany for the Earth,” inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’, calls us to honor God’s spectacular creations and serve as stewards of the earth. “Litany of Peace” is based on the “Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi.” Instantly recognizable in its cry for an end to hatred and anger, this prayer features a clear, understated refrain: “Make me an instrument of your peace.” Lastly, her “Litany of the Saints” offers unique, alternating moments for male and female cantors. This creates a vocal juxtaposition that is met with a metered response from the assembly, as they pray for the intercession of the saints.
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1. Now Is the Acceptable Time
2. Be Still and Know
3. Come to Us, O God/Stay with Us, O Lord
4. Veni, Creator Spiritus
5. ’Ke Bona Leseli
6. Christmas Season Gospel Acclamation
7. Litany for the Earth
8. Deep Peace
9. As a Mother Cares
10. Litany of Peace
11. Litany of the Saints
12. All Shall Be Well
13. You Are My Companion
14. Peace I Leave with You
Barbara Bridge:
Focusing her ministry on music for Taizé prayer, Barbara Bridge has been involved in music ministry for many years as a cantor, soloist, choir director, composer and OCP event presenter.

Barbara Bridge received her bachelor of music degree from Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles in 1984. She served as cantor at the Papal Mass in Los Angeles in 1987 and several years at various events such as the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress and National Association of Pastoral Musicians Convention.

Since 1989, Barbara expanded her music ministry to include Taizé, providing music for Taizé prayer in churches and retreat centers of various denominations. Her 135-song collection, 'Hear the Prayers That Rise', brings people of various faith traditions together in contemplative prayer through song and silence. She has contributed her voice and several of her compositions to various collections, including A Lenten Journey and One with the Risen Lord with Bob Hurd, as well as the most recent collection, Our Common Home, with songs inspired by Pope Francis’s Laudato Si’ encyclical. Her song “Now is the Acceptable Time” is commonly heard during the season of Lent.

Barbara retired from OCP in 2014 and lives in Portland, Oregon, area.

Check out Barbara's first full-length collection, Deep Peace — featuring 14 lovely pieces composed for SATB choir and assembly.