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[Make me a channel of your peace]

Composer: Sebastian Temple

Sebastian Temple (1928-1997) grew up in South Africa and later moved to London, where he worked for the BBC on news broadcasts relating to South Africa. Sebastian converted to Catholicism and spent much of his time composing music for worship. He is best remembered for "The Prayer of St. Francis," which was played at the funeral of Princess Diana. -- Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: [Make me a channel of your peace]
Composer: Sebastian Temple (1967)
Meter: Irregular
Incipit: 33333 45353 3333
Key: D Major
Copyright: © 1967 OCP


TEMPLE was composed in the ballad and guitar style typical of 1960s folk music. After Vatican II permitted the use of languages other than Latin in worship, a number of Roman Catholic composers adopted this style, sometimes fusing it with a chant style (note the repeated melody tones), when they set vernacular texts to music (see 520).

This setting is for unison singing, though the refrain lines could easily be sung in harmony if more variety in texture is desired. The accompaniment suggests the use of guitars, but light accompaniment on piano or organ is also possible. Sing with two pulses per measure.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987



Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

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    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2011) pp. 157
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    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2011) pp. 157

Piano Duet+: Piano Duet One Piano

  • Contemporary Hymns and Songs I: For Piano / 4 Hands
    Composer/Editor John Carter
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (2000) pp. 22

Piano Solo

  • I Have Heard You Calling in the Night: Piano Reflections for Memorial Services
    Composer/Editor Jane Holstein
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (2014) pp. 86
  • The Contemporary Wedding Pianist
    Composer/Editors Lloyd A. Larson; Sebastian Temple
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (2009) pp. 40
  • The Essential Collection for the Church Pianist: 55 Timeless Favorites & Contemporary Classics
    Composer/Editor Jane Holstein
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (2002) pp. 82
  • Sing a New Song: Settings for Piano By Douglas E. Wagner
    Composer/Editor Douglas E. Wagner
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (2001) pp. 17
  • On Eagle's Wings and Hymns of Hope: Arranged for Solo Piano
    Composer/Editors Janet Vogt; Sebastian Temple
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2000) pp. 14

Voices: Vocal Solo

  • 10 Hymns and Gospel Songs for Solo Voice: For Concerts, Contests, Recitals and Worship
    Composer/Editor Mark Hayes
    Published By: Alfred Music Publishing Company, Inc. (2000) pp. 28

Voices: Organ, Brass, and Voices

  • Festive Hymn Settings Based on Folk Hymns with Instruments Set 6
    Composer/Editor Michael A. Burkhardt
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2000) pp. 2


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Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #499

Breaking Bread (Vol. 39) #525

Cáliz de Bendiciones #230

Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #528

Common Praise #519

Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #437

Complete Mission Praise #456

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El Himnario #383

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El Himnario Presbiteriano #383

Flor y Canto #483

Flor Y Canto (2nd ed.) #683

Flor y Canto (3rd ed.) #734

Gather (3rd ed.) #828

Gather Comprehensive #726

Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #721

Glory and Praise (3rd. ed.) #679

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Glory to God #753

Hymns for a Pilgrim People #406

Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #S.19

Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #528

Hymns of Promise #119

Journeysongs (2nd ed.) #738

Journeysongs (3rd ed.) #702


Las Voces del Camino #35

Libro de Liturgia y Cántico #527

Mil Voces para Celebrar #230

One in Faith #797

Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #663

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #545

RitualSong (2nd ed.) #912

RitualSong #830

Santo, Santo, Santo #616

Sing and Rejoice! #95

Sing the Faith #2171

Singing the Faith #707

The Book of Praise #740

The Faith We Sing #2171

The Irish Presbyterian Hymbook #596

Together in Song #607

Voices United #684

Worship and Rejoice #587

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