Blest Are They

by David Haas

© 1986 GIA.

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Item #: G-2958     Status: Archived

Vocal Forces: SAB, Assembly

Accompaniment: Keyboard

Guitar: Yes

Separate Instruments: C Instrument I, C Instrument II, Guitar

Text Source: The Beatitudes; Matthew 5:3–12

Music Source: Vocal Arrangement by David Haas and Michael Joncas

Series: Celebration

Difficulty Level: E


Inspired by the witness and example of his good friend Barbara Colliander and her work with the poor, David Haas virtually blazed through the composing of this GIA best-seller. David believes that the success of this song is due largely in part to the fact that it "came from a place of tremendous and total gratitude for the 'ambassadors of God' at the Dorothy Day Center [in St. Paul, MN] and for the witness and example of [his] good friend, Barbara." In November of 2014 "Blest Are They" celebrates its 30th anniversary.

Categories: Choral Vocal

Liturgical: OT 4 A, All Saints, OT 6 C

Rites: Marriage, Order of Christian Funerals

Topical: Justice, Kingdom of God

Bible Reference: Matthew 5:3-12

Scored for: Woodwinds

Style: Folk

Number of Pages: 12

Language: English

Format: Octavo