Music Videos

I often make demo videos in my home studio when I cannot get into a recording studio.  The videos stream the words on the screen while the music plays.  I did the same thing for my major works, “A Mass for Peace”, and “The Curé of Ars”, which were recorded at Skywalker Sound, in Marin County, and John Lucasey’s Studio 880, in Oakland.  The song, “It’s Our Country”, was recorded in Nashville by Mason Douglas.

I recommend watching Full Screen with Ear Buds or Headphones.
John W. Vitz

Crucified With Christ

Adapted from the prayer based on St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians.

The Shores of Galilee

In October, 2020, I was blessed to make a trip to The Holy Land with Patrick Madrid as our host, and George Stephan as our amazing guide!. To walk in the footsteps of Our Lord was a dream come true – an answered prayer.

Christ, The Light!

Before Time began, there was Christ, The Word of God and The Word made Flesh.  This is an oratorio about Salvation History. It is dedicated to Most Reverend Michael Barber, Bishop of Oakland, and to The Cathedral of “Christ, the Light”.

Kyrie

The Kyrie is a prayer that is raised up to the Lord at every Mass. We ask God for forgiveness and mercy. We are asking, literally, for DIVINE MERCY.

Gloria!

“Glory to God, in the highest!” Almighty God is praised as the King of all Creation!

OurTriune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) reigns supreme!

Pater Noster

The “Our Father”, or the “Lord’s Payer, is the prayer given to us by Jesus Christ.  In this prayer we dare to call Almighty God, “Father”.  The word Jesus used is “Abba”, which can be translated, “Daddy”.

Pax Vobiscum w Agnus Dei

“Peace be with you.”  Those are the words Jesus said to His Apostles after His
Resurrection. 

“Agnus Dei” is the Lamb of God who died for you and for me.

Ecce Agnus Dei

Behold, The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!” 

We recognize Jesus in the Holy Eucharist as we receive Him in Holy Communion.

Sacred Heart of Jesus

In 1999, this was a prayer I was inspired to write as I received Holy Communion.

In 2000, I composed the music for the prayer specifically for “A Mass for Peace in the Third Millennium”.

The Stranger in The Manger

“Who is this newborn king?”

This is a sad Christmas song that speaks to the secular, anti-Christian culture in the Third Millennium.

 

The Miracle of Christmas!

From the oratorio, “Christ, The Light!”, this tells of the Birth of our Lord and Savior.

Mary’s Lullaby

From “The Curé of Ars” musical.  Marie Vianney tries to calm her frightened infant son, John, as she sings a lullaby that Mary may have sung to her baby, Jesus.

Angel of God

Our guardian angels seem to have become less important these days.

Don’t let your guard down. You have a heavenly friend given to you by your Heavenly Father.

What Will You Lose?

“Had I shed my blood for the love of Thee, would you grant my humble plea?” This is
from the prayer of Saint Gabriel Possenti. A remarkable young man!

Pieta

The Pieta, one of the most glorious works of art ever created by man. To gaze upon it jars one’s soul with thoughts of Christ and His Mother, Mary. Christ has died for us all. His broken, lifeless body is at rest in the arms of His Sorrowful Mother. Talk about LOVE!

It’s Our Country

Let’s temper our political disagreements and return to a kinder, gentler society that takes the best ideas from every side and unify this great country.  Special thanks to Ann Ammar.   Vocal by Mason Douglas.

In The Aftermath

A tribute to the lost souls and the heroes of the terrorist attack on American soil.  For a short time, our country was united, and Americans proudly flew the flag.  Patriotism waned shortly afterward.  But for a moment, we were all Americans!

Revelation

This is a musical summary of the Book of Revelation, one of the most challenging, misunderstood books in the Bible.  Some of the secrets are revealed in this video!

Let Me Stand With You

Our world is engulfed in Spiritual Warfare, and it’s in our country and our own back yards.  Christianity is attacked in classrooms, in bedrooms and courtrooms, in back rooms and in broad daylight.  It is time to take a stand!

Calvary and Beyond / He Is Risen!

From the oratorio, “Christ, The Light!”, this movement recalls the Death and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior.

Too Late Have I Loved You

Based on The Prayer of St. Augustine, who lived a sinful life for years until he had a change of heart and came to know, and love, Jesus Christ.  He lamented that it took so long for him to come home to Christ.

Fatima!

Miracles happen!  Prophesies come true!  On October 13, 1917, over 75,000 people witnessed the Miracle of the Sun.  It was a sign that the Virgin Mary had promised to 3 shepherd children, In Fatima, Portugal!

Memorare

Our earthly mothers prayed for us and gave us what we needed, not necessarily what we wanted. Why would not our Heavenly Mother do the same?  This prayer dates back to the 15th Century.

Dios Te Salve, Maria

This is the Hail Mary prayer, in Spanish.

Somewhere In Time

One of my favorite movies is “Somewhere In Time”. John Barry’s score is hauntingly beautiful and is essential to the story; but, there were no words to the music. So, I used the music from the original soundtrack and wrote these timeless, “otherworldly” lyrics.

The Sweetheart of Rock and Roll

A tribute to one of my favorite songwriters, Carole King

This song also appears on the GOLDEN OLDIES page with a personal story about how hard it is for mortals to communicate with superstars. 🙂

Choices

It is about time we recognized the tragic truth about 65 million “choices” that stopped a beating heart.  When you were a zygote, a fetus, an embryo, a baby, a teenager, an adult … you were the same person as you are today.  Life is a gift.  It should be protected.