Maker of Galaxies

from by Brian Hehn

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I heard this text sung at its debut in 2012 after it was commissioned by the Catholic Diocese of Dallas. I fell in love with the text, but the tune it was set to (LOBE DEN HERREN) just didn't fit for me. My ears wanted a more ethereal tune to set such a text. So I wrote this tune, hopefully enhancing the majestic but also mysterious nature of the "Maker of Galaxies."


Maker of galaxies, stardust, and all that has being,
open the eyes of our hearts to know faith's way of seeing.
Shine through the night; lead us to radiance of light,
vision empow'ring and freeing.

Jesus, of Mary born, bringing the good news astounding,
open the ears of our hearts to your Gospel resounding.
Hearing your voice, let all the people rejoice,
glad in your blessings abounding.

Spirit of Jesus and mentor of saints through the ages,
open our lips with a word that invites and engages.
We will proclaim pardon and peace in Christ's name
through all of life, all its stages.

We are your fam'ly beloved in each generation,
Church on a pilgrimage, called to embrace transformation.
Called to this way, growing in love day by day,
we live now, Christ's new creation.

Praise for the joy of believing and journey amazing;
praise for the goodness and beauty here, ev'rywhere blazing!
Praise for the song, singing the faint-hearted strong;
praise for delight in the praising!


from Hymns & Songs EP, released March 8, 2017
Tune: Brian Hehn, 2017
Text: Delores Dufner, (Published as “Journey of Faith”) © 2012, Sisters of St. Benedict, pub. by World Library Publications, All rights reserved. Used with permission of the publisher.
Piano: Thiago Nascimento



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Brian Hehn Dallas, Texas

I am the Director of The Center for Congregational Song, which makes me a professional church musician and hymnologist. I am not, however, a professional hymn/song-writer! I compose for my own enjoyment and to feed my soul and never imagined actually putting something out into the world. I hope someone finds some love, inspiration, or usefulness for worship in something I've written. ... more

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