NEW SONGS: "You Overcame The Grave/There Is Power In Your Name" 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ was born into our world. He was crucified, he died, and then overcame the grave. 2,000 later, we are able to adore kneel before Him, fully present in the blessed Sacrament: Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. This is our foretaste of Heaven. "Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." -Philippians 2:9-11 These songs will be on Hymns II, available soon!
"Jesus, My Lord, My God, My All" is a timeless hymn that I have really enjoyed praying with, both for Adoration and Mass. It will be on Hymns II and here is a clip. This song has a beauty melody and simple chord progression -- like a lullaby -- and I'm really excited that Stephanie Muhs is singing it! I think you will love it. When you recognize that Jesus is in the Eucharist and you pray before him with vulnerable words like these, something powerful happens in your heart and your relationship with God strengthens. Here are the lyrics if you're not familiar with them: Jesus my Lord, my God, my all How can I love thee as I ought? And how revere this wondrous gift So far surpassing hope or thought? Chorus: Sweet Sacrament, we Thee adore Oh make us love Thee more and more Oh make us love Thee more and more. Had I but Mary's sinless heart, To love Thee with, my dearest King Oh, with what bursts of fervent praise Thy goodness Jesus, would I sing!
A clip of Maria playing "Every Move I Make" on guitar!
LI folks... remember when HH & Dodgeball was up at the seminary? Great memories!
"Lord, I Need You More" is a simple prayer that will be on Hymns II. I wrote the melody and words over a decade ago, but appreciate it much more in this season of life. I think everyone will have a time (if not many) in their life when they cry out with prayers of desperation. It happens to the best of us, sometimes at the most unexpected times. I believe that believers and non-believers alike experience the same yearning for God. After all, we are all designed with God's imprint on our souls and with hearts that are wired for eternal union with Him. I'm very grateful that Katie Keogler was willing to sing it -- and you'll hear why in this clip.
Your song suggestions 🙂
Here you go Elizabeth Byrne, Aaron Kelly, Felicia Michelle, and Patrick McCormack. And Luke Swantek, I got you next time!
"Kyrie Eleison"/"Lord, I Need You"/"God Bless America" Here is a clip of last night's Fortnight for Freedom Holy Hour at Our Lady of Victory in Floral Park. So beautiful to hear the voices singing along, especially for "God Bless America."
"Our Father, Who art in heaven..."
"Here I Am To Worship" by Maria Grace (feat. Annie Rose in the background)
"Holy" from The Mass of St. Rose
LISTEN: "Holy" from The Mass of St. Rose. The Mass of St. Rose is an uplifting, contemporary Catholic Mass setting that was written for the revised Roman Missal, 3rd Edition. This setting is ideal for liturgies geared toward families and youth. The Mass of St. Rose has approved for worship by the USCCB. For sheet music or the audio files, please contact: AnthonyMuhs@gmail.com.
As I kneel in humble adoration I am captured by Your grace. I surrender all my reservations As I look upon Your face God, You're here And I give myself to You. Draw me near. There is nothing I can do To make You love me more. Jesus I am Yours. Be my all.
2 years ago, I started working on a project: Hymns of Adoration II After a lot of 'life' happening, I'm working to finish it and am excited to share it with you all. Take a listen to some of the new songs that will be on the album. Enjoy!
LISTEN: My Heart Is Restless (Take My Heart) If you've been with me on a retreat or at a conference, you've probably heard this song. Here is the story behind it... A few years back, I was leading music for a Catholic summer camp called Camp Veritas. One night during adoration, Brother Pierre Toussaint of The Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal spoke of a Saint that I had never heard of before named St. Felix of Cantalice. He referenced St. Felix in his talk and shared a quote by him: "Jesus, take my heart and do not give it back to me." As adoration continued, I couldn't stop thinking about that phrase. I sensed that God wanted to use it to show us His love, so I began to pray with it. I quickly came up with a melody in my head and started to sing it. Within a few seconds, hundreds of campers were singing with me, "Jesus, Jesus take my heart and never give it back." Fast forward, while visiting with my cousins, I was sharing that refrain with Katie Keogler (who is also a worship leader). We played it a few times together and then she showed me a simple worship refrain that she had been using during holy hours. It was based on the words of St. Augustine: “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you." Katie and I will often blend different worship songs together when we are leading music, and these two refrains seemed to fit perfectly. Since we started sharing it, I have heard many stories of how this song, though simple, has had a powerful impact on different people. I have seen young people, with tears in their eyes, speaking to Jesus in the Eucharist and giving their hearts to Him, while asking Him to take their heart and "never give it back." Praise God! I pray this prayer always remains in their hearts, and in ours as well. St. Felix, pray for us. St. Augustine, pray for us.
One of the most effective ways to grow closer to Christ is by going on retreat. Any ministry leader would agree with me that the majority of conversion experiences we see happens when young (and older) people step away from the day-to-day routine to spend time with our Creator on retreat. Over the last 10 years or so, I've been able to help with a number of different high school and parish retreats on and off Long Island. I've seen and been apart of many retreat experiences (mostly good). I wanted to just reflect on one particular retreat that stuck with me. I was able to join Kellenberg Memorial High School on their annual XLT Retreat a couple years back. In case you're not familiar, XLT is a regular event at their school which includes time for fellowship and Eucharistic adoration. There is generally a speaker from the school or a guest presenter who will share a short witness about their personal encounters with Jesus. This event is largely student-run and hundreds of students and faculty will attend throughout the year. It is probably the longest running high school event of its kind that I know of. Anyway, each year, the XLT Retreat is a time of empowerment for the student leaders who help organize these evenings. This team of teens includes the student musicians, sound techs, and other students that will commit to running the XLTs. I had the opportunity to speak to the students about worship, the power of silence, and the importance of witnessing to Christ to fellow peers in the school. After a short presentation, we began to pray in front of the blessed Sacrament, and that was when "it" happened. I started playing a few familiar songs, which we all sang together, and then went into a bit of free praise. Free praising, I think, was a new experience for most of the kids, and for sure, the students had never heard or sung the "free praised" words before. However, almost instantly they were all entering in by singing random words on their heart with brand new melodies, and quickly broke off into different harmonies -- on their own. I remember, as clear as day, the sound of worship in the small retreat center chapel being so full, rich, and complete, to the point I was able to step away from a microphone and the students took over. With no direction, an organic form of worship sprung up and carried the room. The only way I can describe it is it was like the Angels came down to sing with us. The worship began to naturally quiet down, and ultimately lead to a peaceful period of silence. I'm not sure if any of you have experienced this before, but if you have, you know that it is heavenly. It is a foretaste, I would imagine, of what Heaven is like. There was an intensity and also a calmness, moments of communal praise and communal stillness, opportunities to be heard and to listen. For me, this one retreat experience reminded me of a few things. First, that pure worship doesn't need to be scripted. If we go into prayer with strict guidelines of what God needs to do or how He will do it, we can easily miss out on a real, honest encounter with Him. Second, that God is (and can be) at work in young people if they are formed well. I've come to believe with absolute certainty that teenagers should be entrusted with the responsibility of ministerial leadership. With gentle guidance, their gifts are activated and can significantly impact the Church. Third, that we can all can come to this encounter if we set aside time for God. Retreats can't be optional for people of faith who sincerely want to grow. Every single person is wired for God, and those "wires" are energized when we set aside time to allow God to recharge us. So, maybe for you, you haven't been on retreat in a really long time, or ever. Perhaps, this Lent, it is a good opportunity to set aside a day or couple of days, to dedicate your time and intentions to God. And, if you're like me, and you've organized more retreats than you've participated in, you probably need it even more as someone who has been entrusted with the responsibility of forming disciples. And, just for fun, check out a clip of worship from that very XLT Retreat that I spoke of. Maybe, when you listen, you can get an idea of what I experience while listening to the voices of the students, united with a choir of angels, sitting at the feet of Jesus. (Thank you, Matthew B. Bursig, for posting this video from the night on YouTube.)
Glory (Let There Be Peace)
Cover of Glory (Let There Be Peace) by Matt Maher. Enjoy! One star burns in the darkness Shines with a promise Emmanuel One child born in the stillness Living within us Emmanuel We're singing glory, glory Let there be peace Let there be peace We're singing glory, glory Let there be peace Let it start in me One voice speaks for the voiceless Hope for the hopeless Emmanuel One love brings us together Now and forever Emmanuel Do not be afraid His love is strong Enough to save us Nothing stands in the way His love is strong Enough to lead us
"The Eucharist is always epic, because the Eucharist is always Jesus Christ..." Fr. Michael Silloway Here is a clip from one of my visits to #Covecrest and an awesome line from a homily by fellow FUS grad and priest. Courtesy of Life Teen. Gosh, I love this place!
Protect Us, Lord
"Protect us, Lord, as we stay awake..." for you night-prayer warriors. (Thanks for the inspiration tonight, Max Crean)
Holy God We Praise Thy Name
"Holy God We Praise Thy Name" featuring Katie Keogler, Stephanie Muhs and a lot of Long Island Catholic voices. 🙂
Stephanie and I are working on releasing her album! Take a listen to this song that she wrote way back in college called "Sweet, Sweet Heart."
The Mass of Saint Rose (Mass Setting)
The Mass of St. Rose is an uplifting, contemporary Catholic Mass setting that was written for the revised Roman Missal, 3rd Edition. This setting is ideal for liturgies geared toward families and youth. The Mass of St. Rose has been approved for worship by the USCCB. The music was written by Anthony and Stephanie Muhs.
Every good story has a bad guy.
LYRICS VIDEO: "The Church is One Foundation." This is another old hymn and treasure for worship. I think it is one of those anthems that the angels and saints sing in heaven for fun. Enjoy! The church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ, her Lord; she is his new creation by water and the Word. From heaven he came and sought her to be his holy bride; with his own blood he bought her, and for her life he died. Elect from every nation, yet one o’er all the earth; her charter of salvation: one Lord, one faith, one birth. One holy name she blesses, partakes one holy food, and to one hope she presses, with every grace endued. Yet she on earth hath union with God the Three in One, and mystic sweet communion with those whose rest is won: O happy ones and holy! Lord, give us grace that we like them, the meek and lowly, on high may dwell with Thee.
Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling (Lyrics)
LYRICS VIDEO: Here is the first of many lyrics videos that I will be posting throughout the year. Enjoy this beautiful old hymn, "Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling." I recorded it in my attic over Christmas break. I have memories of hearing this song as a little kid and love the simple, yet profound message of God's tenderness, mercy and faithfulness. Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling, calling for you and for me; see, on the portals he's waiting and watching, watching for you and for me. Come home, come home; ye who are weary come home; earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling, calling, O sinner, come home! Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading, pleading for you and for me? Why should we linger and heed not his mercies, mercies for you and for me? O for the wonderful love he has promised, promised for you and for me! Though we have sinned, he has mercy and pardon, pardon for you and for me.
From our family to yours, "We Wish You A Merry Christmas!"
79/100 - Only 21 left for our #100songschallenge!! In the meantime, let me remind you that "the best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear." My kids learned that lesson when we recorded Feliz Navidad. Take a listen!
We just got our first Catholic Box in the mail for Madelyn Joy!!!! It is awesome! Thank you so much Catholic Box. Go order one and see for yourself at http://www.catholicbox.org!
When was the last time that you prayed to your Guardian Angel? Stephanie sent me this video today of Dominic praying the Guardian Angel prayer and it melted my heart. Take a listen! "Angel of God, my Guardian dear, to whom His love commits me here, ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen."
A few years back, when the text of the Roman Missal was updated and the words were "changed" at Mass, Stephanie and I wrote music for a new Mass setting -- The Mass of St. Rose. We wanted to write something that was simple, singable and easy to pray with on a weekly basis. With our pastor's permission and approval from the USCCB, we were able to begin using The Mass of St. Rose setting for our parish Life Teen Youth Mass and various diocesan events. Since that time, we have prayed these Mass parts with hundreds of teens, and different communities throughout the country have used them for their Masses as well. Well, today and tomorrow we are putting the finishing touches on a recording of those Mass parts. They will be available with sheet music and shared with parishes and schools to use for their liturgies. This is a fun accomplishment for us and we're looking forward to sharing it with you! 23/100 #100songschallenge
In the process of recording The Mass of St. Rose. I'm lucky to be mixing this pretty lady's voice. 🙂
Wishing you a happy end to springtime. Bring on summer!!!
A quick video update for you. 2 songs down, 98 to go! #100songschallenge
Worship leader in training. 🙂
She knows me. 🙂 (Ally, 8mo)
It was a privilege for me to be able to lead worship this weekend at the IGNITE Conference in Syracuse. Here is a clip.
"Lord, I Need You"
Fan-girling on Sunday at the Muhs house.
It wasn't my birthday...
This Is What You Do - Bethel Cover
In case you were wondering, this is an average day for me. It's a cross between SNL's Garth and Kat and The Office. Enjoy, then repeat.
Stud working his magic.
Handmotions to "Take My Heart", courtesy of Maria Grace.
And this is pretty much the most adorable thing you'll see all year.