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Introduction by Jeff Johnson –

The Navigatio Sancti Brendani Abbatis (The Voyage of Saint Brendan) tells how St. Brendan (AD 489' - 583'), along with a handful of other monks, journeyed to the Land of Promise and then returned to their home in Ireland. Recent discoveries by archeologists as well as demonstrations by adventurers such as Tim Severin have substantiated the claim that St. Brendan may have been one of the first Europeans to land in America.

Yet, St. Brendan's Navigatio portrays a voyage more concerned with the exploration of the spiritual world rather than the physical one. For him, the curtain that separated heaven and earth was constantly being drawn open. The Christian worldview of the Celtic monks only enhanced this way of looking at things. Thus, not unlike Odysseus sailing at a different time and on a different sea, St. Brendan and his companions saw, heard and experienced things that overwhelmed them with wonder, frightened them to near death and illuminated their hearts, minds and souls.

In my own navigatio, I have stood on the world's edge and can humbly say that it is a place of true perspective, yet extreme peril. I have lost my footing often, have heard the Siren's song, and the sheer beauty of the Creator's handiwork juxtaposed with my own wretchedness has caused my heart and soul to falter. But I would not wish to have experienced it any other way, for it is here that I have even recognized that I have a heart and soul and it is here that I have been given the grace to hope.

Featuring –
Jeff Johnson: Keys & voice
Janet Chvatal: Voice
Brian Dunning: Flute & whistles
Tim Ellis: Guitars
Gregg Williams: Drums
Phil Baker: Bass
Derri Daugherty: Guitars
Roger Hadley: Percussion

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released March 15, 1997

Produced, engineered & mixed by Jeff Johnson at The Ark / Tigard, Oregon.

Location recording on Skellig Michael, Ireland by Ark Mobile.

Mastered by John Golden Mastering
www.goldenmastering.com

℗ 1997 Ark Records, Inc. / ArkMusic
© 1997 Sola Scriptura Songs (BMI)
(see individual track listings for more information)
Administered by musicservices.org)
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Cover art by David & Kathy Hastings © 1997
Carving design by Alan Hall, Valentia Island, Kerry, Ireland.
Cover design by Court Patton (www.pattonbros.com)

Special thanks to Janet for the many ideas and hours of work that she contributed to this recording. Also, thanks to Des, Pat & Brendan (the modern day one) for helping me get to Skellig Michael. To Kate & Des for their hospitality. To Jetty for the books. To Steve L., the "Celtic Answer Man." To Dave H. for going with me. And, I am forever grateful for the love, support and encouragement from my wife, Susie, and daughter, Hailey, as well as the rest of my family & friends.

Dedicated to Ryan Hastings, who begins his own 'navigatio' (may the Three guide your passage).

In memory of George Mackay Brown whose stories and poems from Orkney have taught me much about the truth, beautry, hope and the ocean of time.

AKD-1503

"Navigatio" is also available on iTunes and Amazon.

Some of the music on "Navigatio" is also featured on "Prayers of St. Brendan - The Journey Home."

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ArkMusic recording artist, composer, producer, and Selah worship leader has released numerous solo recordings along with collaborations with Irish flutist, Brian Dunning inspired by Stephen Lawhead's novels and guitarist, Phil Keaggy. View Jeff's complete discography here: www.selahservice.com/2015/05/jeff-johnsons-arkmusic-discography/ ... more

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Track Name: Encompasser
Encompasser
By Jeff Johnson
– Based on the text from the "Carmina Gadelica" entitled "Jesus The Encompasser."

Son of Mary, my helper,
Son of David, my strength,
Lord of angels encircle me,
Through the light and the dark.
Track Name: O Redemptor (Trisagion)
O Redemptor (Trisagion)
By Jeff Johnson & Janet Chvatal
– Derived from a sixth century trisagion (Kiev), author unknown.

O Redemptor,
sume carmen temet concinentium.
Rex perennis patriae,
(Album implens virginis,)
Una spes mortalium,
O Redemptor, audi voces,
sume carmen temet concinentium.

O Redeemer,
Receive the hymn of those who sing to thee in harmony.
O king of the eternal fatherland,
(Who didst fill the Virgin's womb,)
The one hope of mortal men,
O Redeemer, listen to the voices –
receive the hymn of those who sing to thee in harmony.

Audi voces – Listen to the voices.
Track Name: Shall I?
Shall I?
By Jeff Johnson
– Words based on a text from "The Pilgrim" featured in "A Golden Treasury Of Irish Poetry (AD 600 - 1200).

Shall I, King of the mysteries,
Point my face to the sea,
And turn my back on my native land,
With your hand keeping me?
Track Name: Ave Maria (Blessed Is She)
Ave Maria (Blessed Is She)
By Jeff Johnson & Janet Chvatal

Blessed is she,
Who believed in God.
Blessed is she,
Who has borne his son.

All who hurt in this world,
Will find mercy at last –
Blessed is she.

Ave Maria,
Ave Maria,
Gratia plena,
Ave Maria,
Dominus tecum et benedictus.
Track Name: Sheol
Sheol
By Jeff Johnson

Follow me down,
I know where to go.
Just follow me down,
I know where to go.

And pray for me,
Please pray for me,
As I make my way towards Sheol.

Pray for me,
Please pray for me,
As I make my way towards Sheol.

Follow me down,
I know where to go.
Just follow me down,
I know where to go.
Track Name: Nothing Immortal
Nothing Immortal
By Jeff Johnson & Janet Chvatal
– Words excerpted from an epic poem by Juvencus (c. 330)

Immortale nihil mundi
compage tenetur
Quo cunctum torrens rapiat flamma
ultima mundum.

Non orbis, non regna, non mare, non tellus ...
Nam statuit genitor rerum irrevocabile tempus –
Immortale.

Nothing immortal is contained in the whole fabric of this universe –
Not the globe, nor kingdoms, nor sea, nor land.

For the creator of all things,
Has appointed an unchangeable moment,
When a last searing conflagration shall annihilate the whole world.
Track Name: Navigatio
Navigatio
By Jeff Johnson

I have earned my sin,
Nearly spent my soul,
I have lost my way,
Until now.

On the world's edge,
I have found a door,
On the world's edge,
I can see again.

So let my ship sail like Brendan's,
Let it carry me home.
May the Three guide my passage,
Towards the Island of Light.

So let my ship sail like Brendan's,
Let it carry me home.
And may the Three guide my passage,
Towards the Island of Hope.

I have earned my sin,
Nearly spent my soul,
I have lost my way,
Until now.

On the world's edge,
I have found a door,
On the world's edge,
I can see again.
Track Name: I Call To You
I Call To You
By Jeff Johnson

When my eyes cannot see,
And my heart cannot feel,
When my soul longs for mercy,
I call to you.

Take my eyes,
Take my heart,
Take my soul –
Make them whole.

I am lost,
If you won’t hear my prayer.

Grant me faith,
Grant me hope.

When my eyes cannot see,
And my heart cannot feel,
When my soul longs for mercy,
I call to you.
Track Name: Journey Prayer
Journey Prayer
By Jeff Johnson
– Based on texts from the "Carmina Gadelica"

Father, bless to me this day,
And Jesus, bless to me this night,
Spirit, bless each hour of life,
Bless me, God of grace I pray.

Bless the path on which I go,
Bless the earth beneath my sole,
Bless me God and give your love,
Bless my rest and my repose.

Father, keep me in your eyes,
Jesus, keep me in your love,
Spirit, keep me in your truth,
Bless me, God of grace I pray.

God of good,
God of gods,
God of all the world.

Lord of light,
Lord of life,
Lord of all that is,
Keep my way.