Marty Haugen has created this Communion service to celebrate the common heritage among Christians. The recording highlights the musical texts common to many Christian communions, including "Glory to God," "Alleluia," the eucharistic acclamations, "Lamb of God," and various songs. The Beneath the Tree of Life-Mass Setting offers a complete musical setting of the Roman Catholic Mass. Printed music for this setting can be found in the Music Collection.
The ritual form of the Holy Communion: Tree of Life Setting follows traditional Lutheran practice. New propers written for this setting include The Brief Order of Confession and Forgiveness, the Post-Communion Prayer and Canticle, three Great Thanksgiving texts, and the text for the offertory song, "Come Let Us Bring."
Many of the songs in this collection are dedicated to personal mentors in Martys life, including well-known professor of music Weston Noble. Beneath the Tree of Life was commissioned by the Diocese of New Ulm, Minnesota, as part of a jubilee gathering rite.
1. Beneath The Tree Of Life
2. Glory To God
3. Springs Of Water
5. God Is A Good God
6. Come, Let Us Bring
7. Prayer For A Jubilee Year
8. Lamb Of God/Within The Reign Of God
9. Soli Deo Gloria
10. Pilgrims Song
Marty Haugen is a liturgical composer from Eagan, Minnesota. For the past fifteen years he has presented workshops across North America, Europe, Australia, and Central America for both Roman Catholic and Protestant liturgical ministers. His communion setting, Now the Feast and Celebration, and his vespers service, Holden Evening Prayer, are well known among Lutheran congregations, while his Mass of Creation is arguably the most widely used musical setting of the Ordinary among English-speaking Roman Catholic parishes. Together with David Haas, he began the popular GIA psalm series, Psalms for the Church Year. Marty has over 250 separate titles published through GIA on more than twenty recorded collections, including such songs as "We Remember," "Shepherd Me, O God," and "Gather Us In." His music appears in numerous GIA hymnals, as well as hymnals produced for Canadian and Australian Roman Catholics, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and numerous other Protestant denominations.