Dan Schutte talks about ‘You Are Near’

Dan Schutte, who wrote the liturgical song “You Are Near” while a member of the St. Louis Jesuits, talks about how he came to write the song in a posting on the blog The Deacon’s Bench.

The song is getting lots of attention because the first word in its chorus is “Yahweh,” and the Vatican has declared the word can no longer be used in Catholic worship. And that suits Schutte just fine, according to his posting.

2 Responses

  1. i am so glad that this beautiful hymm will be reworked. I cannot imagine never hearing this during the Blessed Sacrament of Communion. Thank you to the song writer for this.
    vickie

  2. You Are Near has probably had the most profound impact on my faith. Whenever I listen to this song, it brings me ever so closer to the presence of our God.
    God Bless you Dan Schutte for your wonderful music ministry and God’s gifts that you share.

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