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When stuck, ask ChoralNet. I am looking for a SA, SSA or SAB arrangement on the them of Mercy of which Pope Francis has requested as the theme for this year. I need it urgently for my Catholic School (Australia) Senior induction liturgy which is scheduled for 26th February. Any suggestions? If it is a song in relation to the mercy shown by the Sister of Mercy Catherine McAuley, that would be good also as one of the College houses' is named after her. Thank you in advance.
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on January 28, 2016 4:53am
Start by asking Musica database of choral music  ( for the Keyword  "mercy".
With more than 1600 answers, you will be able to refine with additional criteria in order to fit best your needs...
on January 29, 2016 6:08am
A lovely round by Cherubini quotes Ps 103, Like as a Father pities his children, so the Lord has mercy...etc. 
Easy,  beautiful.  You can change some of the archaic language.  This is public domain, another plus.
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on January 29, 2016 6:19am
Another thought:  music from the Taize community has a meditative, repetitive and simple chant in parts:  'Misericordias domini in aeternum cantamo. "  Forever I will sing of the mercy of the Lord.    see
best wishes, Jura
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on February 17, 2016 4:05am
As this is for a school context, please excuse my correcting 'cantamo' to 'cantabo'. This is the start of psalm 89. 'Mercy' also gets translated as 'Lovingkindness' in English settings. 'Lord have mercy' gives you thousands of 'Kyrie Eleison' settings, if that fits with the sense of mercy you are looking for.
on January 31, 2016 3:22am
Dear Robyn,
I recently composed an a cappella SSA setting of Catherine McAuley's "Sweet Mercy!".
Here is a link to more info. Feel free to get in touch if you'd like a perusal copy.
Best wishes,
Matthew Orlovich
Sydney, Australia.
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on February 16, 2016 2:53pm
Take a look at "Lord Have Mercy" by Pepper Choplin.  It has a wonderful gospel-swing feel.
Alison Vernon
on February 17, 2016 4:17pm
Craig Courtney has a beautiful setting called "Mercy".  
on February 18, 2016 8:45pm
Paul Inwood wrote a piece specifically for the Jubilee Year of Mercy and it can be found on the official website:
The refrain has a Taize-type style to it and there are chanted verses.
There is also a composer named Brian McLinden from the diocese of Milwaukee who wrote a piece for that diocese and is willing to sell the rights for others to use it for a small fee.  Try this web address:
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on February 19, 2016 3:19am
Dear Robyn,
I was blest to have worked at a Mercy school in Williamsburg, VA.  The first song that comes to my mind is Jeanette  Goglia's "Circle of Mercy."
Another option... Based on the traditional hymn "There is a Wideness," I was struck by the powerful words on Mercy ("there is a wideness in God's mercy, like the wideness in the sea") but knew the hymn's tune would not be something my parish would sing.  I was inspired to write a new tune a few weeks ago which my parish sang with great gusto Ash Wednesday and Sunday.  We will continue to sing it throughout the year.
I am attaching a sound file of the song (it was recorded on my iPad at church - so no special mixing or microphones).  There is flexibility - on Ash Wednesday we sang it acappella - the tenor line is exquisite.  One of the churches in Williamsburg is doing it with organ - this recording below is with SATB, double descant, piano, flute and guitar.  I composed it so the SA with descant(s) would be an excellent "stand alone" option.
Listen to it and if it is something you could use, contact me at tmyoder(a)
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