Thinking Out Loud

December 14, 2008

Worship in French; Chansons de louange en Français

Filed under: Canada, Christianity, Church, music, worship — Tags: , , , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 9:51 pm

Aujourd’hui nous avons conduit pendant deux heures pour aller à l’église. Dans la deuxième heure, nous avons écouté le Paul Baloche & Friends;  une collection de chansons de culte et louange par Paul Baloche traduit en Français et enregistré au Québec.

paul-baloche-and-friends-cdToday we had a two hour drive to church.  During the last half of the trip, we listened to Paul Baloche and Friends, a collection of some of Paul Baloche’s best known worship songs translated into French and recorded in Quebec.  (For some reason the title on the CD cover is in English, though the album, but for a final bonus cut, is entirely en Français.)

I had two reactions to listening to this.

First was the realization of how much material Baloche has contributed to the worship life of contemporary churches.   Furthermore, this is not just a matter of quantity, but also quality; these are some of our best known, popular worship pieces.   Though I was tempted to sing along in English, I just listened, knowing just enough French to catch the occasional variation in the French translation.

Second was the reminder that the Church (capital ‘C’) is so much larger than we in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., Australia or New Zealand consider.   We are part of much larger, must greater body of believers.   Hearing these familiar songs in another language is humbling, especially to those who tend to think that North America is the center of the Christian universe.

Songs on the album include:

  • Hosanna
  • Élève-Toi (Arise)
  • La Terre Entière (All The Earth)
  • Ton Nom (Your Name)
  • Louez Adonaï (Praise Adonai)
  • Offrande (Offering)
  • Jésus Tu Es (Jesus You Are)
  • Ouvre Les Yeux De Mon Coeur (Open the Eyes of My Heart)
  • et cinq plus  (and five more)

Joining Paul on this excellent recording are André Favreau, Joel Augé, Lynne-Marie, Tabitha Lemaire, and Thierry Ostrini.

This recording  (and a fuller story on how the album came to be) is available in the U.S. through Paul’s website, Leadworship.com, and the CD is sold in Canada by progressive bookstores like ours and through Distribution ADP.

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6 Comments »

  1. I posted on this topic as well at this site:

    http://sjbrown58.wordpress.com/2008/11/09/626/

    Comment by sjbrown58 — December 15, 2008 @ 9:14 am

  2. [...] still scratching your head wondering what songs he has contributed to the worship genre, check out a post I wrote here several months ago about a rather obscure French worship album that Paul released which lists a [...]

    Pingback by Paul Baloche: A Blend of Worship, Testimony and Humor « Thinking Out Loud — May 22, 2009 @ 6:11 pm

  3. Just when I need to use French worship songs for a course that I am running now in my church, I found Paul Baloche’s. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to sharing it online. My personal latest collection of French Worship is datd ’97 (ASAPH and Embrasse Nos Coeurs). And so It’s a great blessings to me, my friends and classmates to have Paul’s.

    Comment by JoANN — January 23, 2010 @ 7:15 am

  4. I would like to contact Andre Favreau about what he is doing in the area of French music. I am wondering about original french worship music. How much is out there?

    Comment by Melissa Saulnier — April 6, 2010 @ 10:51 am

  5. […] worship album, knowing the words to all but two of the songs in English.  I reviewed that album here. I […]

    Pingback by Worship In Another Tongue | Thinking Out Loud — July 15, 2013 @ 8:12 am

  6. Thank you SO much! I’ve been studying French for a long time and your link to ADP answered many of my prayers.

    Comment by Brittany Cissna — February 28, 2014 @ 2:07 am


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