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Saturday, May 19, 2012

SHALOM


Recently I had the opportunity to lead a workshop on how liturgy can benefit from some of the ideas used by theatrical directors. One discussion concerned the Rite of Peace and I was reminded that Jesus would probably have said "Shalom". 

That in turn reminded me of the song of that title from the show "Milk and Honey". You might find these lyrics useful and even want to teach the song to some of your parishioners. The song is simple enough that it might be possible to use a children's choir as part of your preaching [including applause for them], even though the song is a solo in the show.
Shalom, Shalom,
You'll find Shalom
The nicest greeting you know;
It means bonjour, salud, and skoal
And twice as much as hello.
It means a million lovely things,
Like “peace be yours,”
“Welcome home.”
And even when you say “goodbye,”
You say goodbye with Shalom.

It's a very useful word,
It can get you through the day;
All you really need to know,
You can hardly go wrong,
This is your home as long as you say:
Shalom,
The nicest greeting I know;
Shalom,
Means twice as much as hello.
It means a million lovely things,
Like “peace be yours,”
“Welcome home.”
And even when you say “goodbye,”
If your voice has
"I don't want to go" in it,
Say goodbye with a little "hello" in it,
And say goodbye with shalom.

Milk and Honey”Music: Jerry Herman
Lyrics: Jerry Herman
Book: Don Appell
Premiere: Tuesday, October 10, 1961


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