Have Mercy On Us (single)

by The Music Room

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Rene Astorga This is an inspiring work. Thank you for sharing. When are we going to get the rest of the liturgy? You all are so "dang" talented. Again, thank you for sharing.
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Dear reader,

It was in a simple church beneath a red mesa where my heart was softened to the tune of Have Mercy on Us – an old Christian Orthodox hymn sung every morning during Lent by monks at the Monastery of the Holy Archangel Michael in Cañones, New Mexico. Though there were countless songs sung over the course of the 90 days I spent there, this was the one that moved me.

At the beginning of my spiritual retreat, I critiqued the song – the notes where the brothers missed their harmony, or were out of tune. But eventually, the song became a prayer; a melody of heart and mind where thinking gave way to embodied grace.

Before leaving the monastery, I asked one of the brothers for the music to the hymn so that I could show it to my sister, Aimee, who I’ve made music with in a folk rock band called The Music Room for many years. I had it in my mind that, someday, we’d sing this song together.

Last month, we finally made that hope a reality.

With this song, and accompanying visuals of the monastery (viewable here: bit.ly/havemercyonus ), I hope that you will experience a bit of the peace and perspective gifted to me during my time in the desert.

If you’d like to download the song, please know that a portion of each sale will be donated to the brotherhood at the monastery as they go about praying for God’s mercy on humankind.

Peace and good,


Have mercy on us o Lord have mercy on us,
for at a loss for any plea,
we sinners offer to Thee as Master
this supplication have mercy on us.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
O Lord have mercy on us, for in Thee have we trusted.
Be not very angry with us, neither remember our iniquities,
but as the compassionate one look down upon us even now
and deliver us from our enemies for Thou art our God.
and we are Thy people all being the works of Thy hands
and we call upon Thy name.
Both now and ever and unto ages of ages amen.
Open unto us the door of Thy loving kindness
O blessed Theotokos
so that hoping in thee we may not perish,
but through thee may be delivered
from adversities, for thou art the salvation
of Christian peoples.


released November 17, 2015
Vocals by Aimee Bellanca & Dane Johnson of The Music Room
Recorded by Brian Steckler, www.briansteckler.com
Visual narrative by Jonathan Joiner, www.jonathanjoiner.com



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The Music Room Sacramento, California

Led by the clear conviction in Aimee Bellanca's voice, and buffeted by her brother Dane Johnson, The Music Room sings stories about overcoming battles with demons and delusions, resisting the lull of complacency, and fighting to bury doubt before too much life is wasted in fearful living. ... more

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