Gloria Patri / A Quiet Knowing

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This “Gloria Patri” was composed many years ago and I have sung it often in Selah services. But I sort of forgot about it after we recorded the wonderful “Gloria Patri” composed by Jonathan Eck on the “Antiphon” CD. In the Fall of 2013, I recorded a number of songs and chants while at Laity Lodge and this performance was taken from those sessions.

I was fortunate to have Janet Chvatal, who lives in Germany, at my home in early 2014 while I was wrapping up the production for “Broken, Gazing.” I had several ideas for her to try out and this chant was the last one on my list. I really didn’t know what to suggest but Janet just started singing what you hear here, weaving in and out the Latin variation of what I’m singing in English. Amazing.

The linked instrumental of “A Quiet Knowing” was first recorded live on piano. Wendy added her violin parts and then I had Brian record his flutes at his home in Ireland. We added Trevor’s cello line written by Wendy at the end.

This song was originally recorded as the title cut of the CD released in 2000. It’s a song that I perform often and the way I do it now is quite different than the way I played it back then. It seemed like a fitting way to end “Broken, Gazing.”


Gloria to the Father,
Gloria to the Son,
Gloria to the Spirit,
Gloria, Three in One.

Gloria Patri,
et Filio,
et Spiritui Sancto

Gloria in beginnings,
Gloria to the end,
Gloria now, forever,
Gloria. Amen.


from Broken, Gazing, released August 12, 2014


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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: ... more

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