Gracia y Amor/Grace and Love celebrates bilingual worship with song

Jan 16, 2013, 16:10 ET from OCP

PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Now available, OCP composers Eleazar Cortes, Jaime Cortez and Bob Hurd's new album, Gracia y Amor/Grace and Love answers modern multicultural parishes' call for high-quality bilingual worship music.

"There is a very real need for bilingual music in the church. More and more people are gathering [for worship] and looking for ways to relate in both English and Spanish," said Eleazar Cortes.

From the same collaborators as the iconic album Somos el Cuepo del Cristo/We Are the Body of Christ—with the addition of Eleazar Cortes, Gracia y Amor/Grace and Love features a unique blend of musical styles that reflects today's bilingual worship community.

"There's a lot of beautiful music on this collection," said Jaime Cortez. "You have songs that are upbeat rock and roll, acoustic numbers, 'trio' music, some more meditative pieces and ballads that are more like mantras…even salsa and combinations. Different styles, different tempos…a wonderful variety for the Liturgy."

The tracks on the CD are both ideal for inspirational listening and are also appropriate to use in liturgy—giving English and Spanish speakers the opportunity to unite and praise God with one voice.

Bob Hurd explains, "[In this collection] we have songs for gathering, we have songs for preparation, we have communion songs and we have a song of praise and a sending forth song… The idea of the CD was to provide new bilingual songs for the entire Liturgy."

To learn more about Gracia y Amor/Grace and Love, visit to watch a video interview with Eleazar Cortes, Jaime Cortez and Bob Hurd. Customers looking to purchase the CD or octavo packet may visit All other media requests may be sent to Erin McClellan at, 503.460.5363.

About OCP
OCP, a not-for-profit publisher of liturgical music and worship resources based in Portland, Oregon, has been in operation for more than 85 years. Worship programs produced by OCP are used in over two-thirds of Catholic churches in the United States and are distributed worldwide. Find OCP on Facebook at

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