Songs of Prayer

I have been writing prayers as song since I got my first guitar at the age of twelve. As a child and youth, I found no greater way than singing to express the depths of my love and awe for God, life, and all of creation. As I relate in my book, Sanctuaries of Childhood:

“When my mother sang to me, I could feel her love for me in every word. When I sang with her, the golden thread of song wove a swift tapestry of affection between us. As we lifted our voices together, the Divine Spirit I call ‘God’ sang with us, sang through us, was even perhaps the music itself.”

In decades past, I had the privilege of singing in a women’s trio, called Avalon a cappella, with my dear friend Mary Thienes Schunemann who died from cancer in 2007 at the age of 46. I offer here two of my original songs from our final concert, “Celtic Quest.”

Set the Spirit Free ©1999 by Shea Darian
Vocals: Shea Darian, Mary Thienes Schunemann & Amy Chevalier

©1999 by Shea Darian. All Rights Reserved. From Celtic Quest Album by Avalon a cappella.

To find the grail,
Become the grail
Serve the grail
In birth and love, marriage and death, communion and praise,
In these our sacred days, so common to the touch,
May we become a holy vessel.

~ Shea Darian, Excerpt from “The Quest”

Photo of Mary Thienes Schunemann, Hawaii (2006)

Spirit of Old Ireland ©1999 by Shea Darian
Vocals: Shea Darian, Mary Thienes Schunemann & Amy Chevalier

©1999 by Shea Darian. All Rights Reserved. From Celtic Quest Album by Avalon a cappella.

Southwest Conference Worship Service – December 27, 2020

The two songs below are those that my daughter Morgan and I sang for the online worship service offered on behalf of the Southwest Conference on December 27, 2020. The service was led by Associate Conference Minister, Barb Doerrer-Peacock and the SWC Members in Discernment.

Fire of Heaven
Music & Lyrics by Shea Darian (1998)

Fire of Heaven ©1998 by Shea Darian, Performed by Shea & Morgan Darian (2020)

The following song, “Glory Hallelujah,” highlights the poetry of Langston Hughes. Since my children were young, Langston’s The Dreamkeeper and Other Poems is a beloved collection that we have read, recited, and sung as prayer and blessing.

Glory Hallelujah
Lyrics: Poetry of Langston Hughes from The Dreamkeeper & Other Poems; additional lyrics & music by Shea Darian (2020)

Glory Hallelujah ©2020 by Shea Darian, Performed by Shea & Morgan Darian (2020)

Published by Shea

Shea Darian, M.Div. is a family and grief educator, spiritual care provider, and award-winning author. Shea is the creator of the Model of Adaptive Grieving Dynamics, published in the journal Illness, Crisis & Loss, Vol. 22(3), 2014. Books on family spirituality include Sanctuaries of Childhood: Nurturing a Child's Spiritual Life and Living Passages for the Whole Family: Celebrating Rites of Passage from Birth to Adulthood. Shea's new book, Doing Grief in Real Life: A Soulful Guide to Navigate Loss, Death & Change will be released in 2021. Visit www.sheadarian.com.

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