My devotional reading this morning was from Psalm 25, and after I finished it, I turned to Psalm 24. It immediately brought to mind this inspirational and energetic song. Written by a Catholic priest, Willard Francis Jabusch (b. 1930), it is based on an Israeli folk tune. The text was written in 1965 for a parish folk-music ensemble at St. Celestine’s Roman Catholic Church in Elmwood Park, Ill. It was published in Hymnal for Young Christians (1966), one of the first post-Vatican II Roman Catholic collections published in the United States in the English language.
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