Gracia y Amor/Grace and Love by Bob Hurd , Jaime Cortez , Eleazar Cortés

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Gracia y Amor/Grace and Love - CD
by Bob Hurd, Jaime Cortez, Eleazar Cortés

Their songs live in our hearts and on our lips... from "Gather Your People" and "Rain Down" to "Our Paschal Sacrifice/El Cordero Pascual." In this incredible collaboration, Bob Hurd, Jaime Cortez, and Eleazar Cortés deliver 12 bilingual titles that celebrate the rich cultures of our diverse Church through the power of music.

The same artists who brought you Somos el Cuerpo de Cristo/We Are the Body of Christ join forces with Eleazar to offer a unique blend of both language and musical styles—from folk and rock to mariachi and salsa. Each song captures the voices of all three composers, united in song, and transitions seamlessly between English and Spanish.

Ideal for accompanying the entrance and Communion processions, "We Who Hunger, Come to the Table" reminds us that in belonging to Christ, we belong to each other. "Every Single Thing We Are" is a beautiful call to offer all that we are to God during the preparation of the gifts. Combining Christ's commissioning of the disciples with Psalms 95 and 96, "Go Out to the World" sends us forth to serve and share the Gospel.

Give your ensemble the accompaniments and vocal parts they need to lead your congregation in worship with the available octavo packet—featuring performance tips, suggested use and bilingual composer notes from Bob, Jaime, and Eleazar!

Worship as one with this collection of bilingual songs for the liturgy, showcasing a unique blend of both language and musical styles.

List of Songs:
Donde Dos o Tres/Where Two or Three
 Amo Tu Voluntad/I Love Your Commands
 Every Single Thing We Are/Todas Nuestras Vidas
 By the Power of Your Love/Por Designio de Tu Amor
 Vengan, Aclamemos al Señor/Come before the Lord
 Light My Heart/Transforma Mi Vida
 We Who Hunger, Come to the Table/Los Que Tienen Hambre Vienen
 Que la Gracia y el Amor/May the Grace and the Love
 Yo Soy el Pan Vivo/I Am the Living Bread
 Te Alabamos, Señor
 I Am with You Always/Yo Estaré con Ustedes
 Vayan por el Mundo / Go Around the World

Bob Hurd:
With more than 45 years of composing under his belt, Dr. Hurd knows a thing or two about music and liturgy. That might explain why so many of his songs for worship have become classics in the repertoire.      Bio:
Bob Hurd has served as a teacher, composer and liturgist in various pastoral and academic settings, including Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley and St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, California. He currently teaches in the summer program of Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry.

He began composing music shortly after Vatican II when the need arose for new music in the vernacular, music that the whole assembly could sing. Thus began 45 years of composing music for the liturgy. Bob is also known as an early pioneer of bilingual and multilingual music, with compositions like "Pan de Vida" and Misa de las Américas. One of his latest offerings, The Bread of Your Word, includes eight songs for Advent, Lent, Holy Thursday, Easter season and Ordinary Time as well as the complete Santa Clara Mass. With songs that flow wonderfully like gentle streams, The Bread of Your Word offers music with a cohesive quality in terms of both melody and text.

Our Common Home was inspired by Pope Francis' Laudato Si' encyclical, with songs for liturgy and prayer from well-known OCP composers who speak to themes of care for creation, poverty, and solidarity. The collection is the brainchild of Bob Hurd who turned up rather empty-handed in his search for music that dealt with our responsibility to be good stewards of creation. After writing "Every Creature Is Sister and Brother," a song highlighting the connection between the Eucharist and environmental concerns, he decided to invite several composers to join him in writing songs based on Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home.

In 2005, he received the Good and Faithful Servant Award of the Southwest Liturgical Conference. In 2010, he received NPM’s Pastoral Musician of the Year award.

Bob’s most recent book, Compassionate Christ, Compassionate People (Liturgical Press, 2019) reflects his years of teaching, writing, composing and serving as a pastoral musician.

Bob lives in Claremont, California with his wife, Pia Moriarty, who has collaborated with him on much of his bilingual music.

Jaime Cortez:
Born in New York and raised in El Salvador, Jaime has dedicated a portion of his ministry to promoting better Hispanic liturgies and bringing cultures together for worship.
Jaime Cortez is a talented and popular composer, arranger and performer. Born in New York and raised in El Salvador, Jaime has dedicated a portion of his ministry to promoting better Hispanic liturgies and bringing cultures together for worship. His main instrument is guitar, though he is proficient in piano and other string instruments, such as charango, vihuela and bass guitar. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music composition from Arizona State University. He was named Pastoral Musician of the Year in 2016 by the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM).

Some of Jaime’s best-known songs are “Rain Down,” “Somos el Cuerpo de Cristo/We Are the Body of Christ” (with Bob Hurd) and “Take Up Your Cross.” He has released five solo collections with OCP, including Rain Down, Sacramentos, Adviento, Qué Alegría/I Rejoiced, and Transformation. Recent collaborative projects include Gracia y Amor/Grace and Love, a collection with Bob Hurd and Eleazar Cortés and Our Common Home, a project inspired by Pope Francis's encyclical, Laudato Si', featuring his song "Let Us Sing as We Go," along with music from several other well-known Catholic composers. Jaime has also translated Mass of Christ the Savior/Misa Cristo Salvador into Spanish and bilingual versions alongside Dan Schutte.

In addition to workshops, Jaime gives concerts with both English and Spanish repertoire, alone or with volunteer groups. He has many years of experience presenting workshops for Pastoral Musicians, catholic teachers and youth on liturgy and music.

Jaime is currently music director at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Mesa, Arizona. He lives in Mesa with his wife and their three musically talented sons.

Eleazar Cortés:
Eleazar Cortés (†2018) is one of the elder statesmen of Spanish-language liturgical music in the US, with a rich legacy of beautiful music and years of service to the Church.
Eleazar Cortés (†2018) is one of the best-known composers of Spanish-language music in the Church. Born in Michoacán, Mexico, he received his degrees in philosophy and theology from the Montezuma College Seminary in New Mexico and studied theory and composition at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California. For several years Eleazar was a music teacher at Don Bosco Catholic School and director of music at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Watsonville, California. He also worked as a teacher in Salinas and Watsonville and at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He was the director of music at the historic Old Mission in San Juan Bautista, California, for some time.

Eleazar composed four collections of liturgical music in Spanish, including Somos la Iglesia, En el País de la Vida, with songs for funerals, and El Amor Nunca Pasará, for weddings and Pueblo de Dios. He collaborated with Bob Hurd and Jaime Cortez on Gracia y Amor/Grace and Love, a collection of 12 bilingual songs. A versatile artist, he also composed music for musicals, movies, television, orchestras, mariachi, and folk groups. He would also write for national competitions, including the St. Cecilia Concert series.