Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month #6
"Padre Nuestro/The Lord's Prayer," no. 3069 in Worship & Song and no. 456 in Upper Room Worshipbook, is a Spanish translation of the Lord's Prayer found in Matthew 6:9-13 by Carlos Rosas, with an English adaptation by Dean McIntyre.
Carlos Rosas is a pioneering expert in Hispanic sacred music. He was born in Linares, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, on November 4, 1939. He began studies in music and liturgy there at age twelve. He attended Seminario Arquidiocesano de Monterrey, Mexico (1951-58), Instituto de Liturgia, Musica y Arte Cardenal Dario Miranda, Mexico City; San Antonio College; and the Mexican American Cultural Center of San Antonio.
Rosas has directed choirs in Mexico and the United States, and he conducts music and worship workshops throughout the USA. His positions have included: director of music and liturgy coordinator at the Mexican American Cultural Center, San Antonio (1976-80); choir director at San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio; coordinator of base Christian communities for the Diocese of Phoenix; director of Hispanic ministry for the Diocese of Baker in Bend, Oregon; and director of music and liturgy coordinator for Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Laredo, Texas.
Rosas has said that two experiences inspire his music: biblical reflection and liturgical celebration. "The two go together," he says, "feeding and enhancing one another."
Rosas' song "Cantemos al Señor," and his original tune ROSAS are included at number 149 in The United Methodist Hymnal (1989). He lives with his wife Maria Teresa in San Antonio.
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