'Massachusetts Composer Writes Hymn for Papal Visit'


Normand Gouin, assistant chaplain and director of liturgy and music at the College of the Holy Cross, has composed the hymn that will be played during three Masses celebrated by Pope Francis when he visits the U.S. next week.

NECN came to campus to interview the man behind the music. “That was my intention, that somehow the melody would give people a sense of renewed hope,” Gouin told reporter Jeff Saperstone.  “I feel so humbled and shocked that my little hymn will be sung and performed by the Philadelphia orchestra. Gouin will also be part of the papal choir in Philadelphia.

Gouin spent months crafting "Sound the Bell of Holy Freedom." He was one of 20 sacred music composers from across the U.S. that were contacted by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to craft a hymn and his was ultimately the one that was selected.

Watch the piece on NECN.com

Gouin also spoke with Worcester News Tonight/Charter TV 3 about the honor and Karla Alvarado, assistant chaplain; Lillian Daley '16; and Francois Venne '19 discussed their upcoming trip to Philadelphia to see Pope Francis celebrate Mass.  Watch the Worcester News Tonight/Charter TV 3

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This "Holy Cross in the News" item by Cristal Steuer.