As we approach All Hallow's, I am preparing to send out my new musical offering Liturgy, an album of songs that follow the liturgical year... but puts the spotlight on some of the figures who were nearly erased.
Mary Magdalene is given the voice at Easter.
Thecla tells her story at Pentecost.
And because I begin the album with Advent, this song, First Advent, is situated at the end, to mark All Hallows. So I made sure the Mother of God, was given her due place.
The chorus was pulled from the great Christological hymns "and God was pleased to dwell in him in all his fullness" - I have found it is a very fruitful practice to sing "pleased to dwell" in repetition.
Many thanks to Perdita Finn and Clark Strand, for their remarkable work with the rosary.
If you sing along with that line, "pleased to dwell", I'd love to hear what comes up for you.
Liturgy released for all Patreon members on Nov 1st, and then will release widely on Nov 28th.
Alana Levandoski is a song and chant writer, recording artist and music producer, in the Christian tradition, who lives with her family on a regenerative farm on the Canadian prairies.