Anima Christi (Maher, William Joseph)

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Composed 2018, op.42 dedicated to St. Andrew's Church Choir, Ogudu, Lagos,
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Work Title Anima Christi
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Composer Maher, William Joseph
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IWM 5
Key G major
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1863 c.
First Publication. 1864
Language Latin
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation mixed chorus

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According to, this hymn "became popular in the latter half of the nineteenth century in British Roman Catholic churches, where it was used for evening benediction services. It is believed that Jesuit priest William J. Maher (b. Bristol, Gloucestershire, England, 1823; d. Paris, France, 1877) composed the tune around 1863 for a fourteenth-century Latin hymn, "Anima Christi sanctifica me." The obscure British collection Mission Hymns (1864) first published ANIMA CHRISTI for use with an anonymous English translation of this Latin text."