Johnny Schaefer

Johnny Schaefer

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Member Since: 2015
   Last Login: 1/6/2020
   Sounds Like: Josh Groban, Michael Buble

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Song Description

International best-selling author and lecturer Marianne Williamson begins her lectures with a beautiful prayer she titles "A Way In". SOnger-song-writer Johnny Schaefer is a cantor in a large Catholic parish and noticed that her prayer and the centuries-old "Golden Sequence" are remarkably similar in arc and content and he combined them into this beautiful musical prayer.

Story Behind the Song

Internationally known best-selling author and lecturer Marianne Williamson lent her beuatiful opening prayer "A Way In" to musician Johnny Schaefer who combined it with the Pentecost Sequence or "Golden Sequence" to create a unique musical prayer. Johnny Schaefer is the cantor in a large Catholic church and is a friend of Marianne's. When he was singing the centuries-old Gregorian Chant he realized how similar they are in arc and content and he combined them in a unique way.


Johnny Schaefer: The Golden Sequence

circa 1200 AD, attributed to the Archbishop of Canterbury

Come, thou Holy Spirit, Come And from thy celestial home

Shed a ray of light divine

We see in the middle of our mind

a little ball of golden light

and we watch this light as it begins to grow

larger and larger

until now it covers the entire inner vision of our mind

Come, thou Father of the poor, Come, thou source of all our store

Come within our bosoms shine

And we see for ourselves within this light a beautiful temple

Thou of comforters the best;

Thou, the souls most welcome guest

and we see a garden that surrounds the temple

and a body of water that flows through the garden

Sweet refreshment here below

In our labor, rest most sweet;

Grateful coolness in the heat;

Solace in the midst of woe.

We see that the inside of the temple is lit

by this same beautiful golden light

shed a ray of light divine

larger and larger

O most blessed Light divine,

Shine within these hearts of thine

And our in-most being fill

and here we are

for we have been drawn together

by the power and in the presence of God

Where thou art not man hath naught,

Nothing good in deed or thought,

We devote our time spent together

all of our relationships to one another

and our experiences of each other to Him

Nothing free from taint of ill

and we ask that His most Holy Spirit

enter into the deepest regions of our thoughts

and our feelings

Heal our wounds , our strength renew

On our dryness pour thy dew

Wash the stains of guilt away

and lift us up above and beyond the limitations,

the fears and the thought forms of this world

Bend the stubborn heart and will

Melt the frozen, warm the chill

Guide the steps that go astray

Rearranging our perceptions

On the faithful who adore and confess thee evermore

In thy seven-fold gift descend

to the love and to the peace that lay beyond

Give them virtue's sure reward,

Give them thy salvation, Lord

May we become happier, more peaceful, more loving human beings

Give them joys that never end.

And so it is

Together we all say


Amen, Alleluia

©2012-Johnny Schaefer, Auditory Verve Music, ASCAP

Marianne Williamson's recordings and materials are used with gratitude by permission and are the sole property of Ms. Williamson. To learn more about her work, visit © 1983, 2013 Marianne Williamson

Song Length
New Age - Religious, Unique - Religious
Tempo / Feel
Tempo Undefined
Lead Vocal
Serene, Peaceful

Subject Matter
Spirituality, Prayer

Similar Artists
Marianne Williamson, Enya
2000 and later

Lyric Credits Marianne Williamson/traditional Gregorian Chant
Music Credits Johnny Schaefer
Producer Credits Johnny Schaefer
Publisher Credits Auditory Verve Music, ASCAP
Performance Credits Johnny Schaefer and Marianne Williamson
Label Credits Auditory Verve/CD Baby