Monday, December 14, 2015

God's Portal; 'Once in Royal David's City' FREE BACKING MUSIC TRACK

Many priests, pastors, and worshipping communities find themselves unable to enjoy a sung Mass or worship service due to any or all of the following factors;

  • No church
  • No money to build a church
  • No organ
  • No piano
  • No musical instruments
  • No money to purchase musical instruments
  • No organist
  • No pianist
  • No musicians

In answer to the requests, we have founded 'God's Portal', which will make free musical backing soundtracks available.


  1. Download the MP3 tracks [or tracks] you wish to use.
  2. Each track is of music which is in the public domain, all being over a hundred years old.
  3. Use the different musical backings in your church/worship services/ public event to enable congregation/ worshippers to enjoy singing with backing.
  4. The usual format is to choose four songs for a Mass or worship Service.
  5. These are used in the following way;

  • First track or piece of music as an Entrance song [at the beginning of the Mass or Worship Service].
  • Second track or piece of music at the Offertory [at a point in the Mass or Worship Service where prayer is offered, and congregants conduct the Offertory according to their usual protocol]
  • Third track or piece of music after Communion.
  • Fourth track or piece of music at the Recessional [end of the Mass or worship Service.]

Feel free to use these tracks for any worthy purpose.

Artist; Catherine Nicolette Whittle
[50 years experience in music, 40 years experience as church organist and musician.]
Media for this track; Church Organ and Concert Piano
Recording Artist; Jan Louw
Studio; A to Z Music 
Artwork Design; A W

Music Piece 8;
This Christmas Carol Classic was written as a poem by Cecil Frances Alexander.
The carol was first published in 1848 in Miss Cecil Humphrey's hymnbook, Hymns for Little Children.
A year later the English organist Henry John Gauntlett discovered the poem and set it to music.

'Once in Royal David's City'

1. Once, in royal David's city
    Stood a lowly cattle shed,
    Where a mother laid her Baby,
    In a manger for His bed:
    Mary was that Mother mild,
    Jesus Christ her little Child.

2. He came down to earth from Heaven,
    Who is God and Lord of all,
    And His shelter was a stable
    And His cradle was a stall;
    With the poor, and mean, and lowly
    Lived on earth our Saviour holy.

3. And through all His wondrous Childhood
    He would honour and obey,
    Love, and watch the lowly maiden
    In whose gentle arms He lay;
    Christian children all must be
    Mild, obedient, good as He.

4. For He is our childhood's pattern,
    Day by day like us He grew;
    He was little, weak and helpless,
    Tears and smiles like us He knew;
    And He feeleth for our sadness,
    And He shareth in our gladness.

5. And our eyes at last shall see Him,
    Through His own redeeming love,
    For that Child so dear and gentle,
    Is our Lord in Heaven above;
    And He leads His children on,
    To the place where He is gone.

6. Not in that poor lowly stable,
    With the oxen standing by,
    We shall see Him; but in Heaven,
    Set at God's Right Hand on high;
    When like stars His children crowned
    All in white shall wait around.

Click on the following link for 'Once in Royal David's City' music track

With thanks to A W and J Louw


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