This collection of poems is a celebration of the principal events in a spiritual journey, threaded through with love and thanksgiving and shared with friends and family.
The tenants of a strong Christian faith are all here, transposed into verse.
Of the almost ninety poems, many have already been set to music.
From the Foreword…
Over the years I have had the privilege of experiencing the depth of thought and the incisiveness of language in Patrick Lee’s hymns. Here is an approach to hymn-writing, revealing a spiritual insight rooted in the love of both Scripture and Liturgy. Many of the hymns are, in fact, directed towards particular aspects of our Liturgical Celebrations. There is a precision and sensitivity in the choice of words and in each composition a sure sense of rhythm. Both, in my opinion, are essential to the integrity of hymnology.
My personal favourite in this selection is “Mary’s Love Song”. Patrick has devoted his life witnessing to and praising God in this manner. I commend these hymns unreservedly.
Sr. Sheila O’Hara: LSU
Peace and Justice Centre, Wrexham.
After graduating, as a mature student, in Education from the University of Wales, Patrick Lee taught for over twenty years, mainly at St Joseph’s High School, Wrexham. Active membership of the Society of St Gregory, Universa Laus and The Panel of Monastic Musicians gave him many deeper insights into Liturgy and its demands.
He began writing poetry during his studies and much of it celebrates his family. He was greatly encourages to write specifically religious pieces by Geoffrey Boulton Smith especially for the Society of St Gregory’s Composer Group. Other Commisions followed including the text for the Offertory Hymn for the Pope’s Mass at Coventry.
He continued to write using traditional patterns but also experimented with other formats to express Post Vatican II theology and insights.