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Tomaré Mi Cruz CD

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Item Number:  34698

Tomaré Mi Cruz

By Anna Betancourt

Each of us has a cross to bear. Through her voice, topics and message of faith, Anna draws us in and provides us with hope.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”

—Matthew 16:24

In the songs “Tomaré Mi Cruz” and “Cristo Vive en Mí,” Anna Betancourt explores the meaning of lifting and carrying our own cross to follow Jesus. She acknowledges one of the challenges we face as human beings: keeping our faith. Even at the most difficult moments and in the darkest hours, we must not only accept our cross, but embrace it through the path that will lead to God.

The lyrics in “Dame Tu Paz” and “Ningún Ojo Ha Visto” are prayers for those longing for peace and hope. While “Agradecidos” and “Tú Eres Grande,” with their upbeat melody, are songs of praise and thanksgiving for God’s mercy and abundant blessings in our daily lives.

Another treasured song in this collection tells us the story of a family, that like many other families today, face hardships and danger. This family is and will forever be an example of godliness, the Holy Family, “Sagrada Familia de Nazaret.”

Tomaré Mi Cruz presents inspiring songs for liturgy, worship groups or retreats, as well as for personal reflection and meditation. These songs will inspire peace and hope in times of anxiety or depression, encouraging us to embrace our anguish and fear, and find glory through the way of the cross.

Track listing

Dame Tu Paz | Tomaré Mi Cruz | Agradecidos | Cristo Vive en Mí | Sagrada Familia de Nazaret | Ningún Ojo Ha Visto | Tú Eres Grande | CD & DPL Bonus track: Mi Alma Glorifica al Señor (Magnificat) (J. Cortez)


Anna Betancourt is a supremely talented vocalist, cantor and choir director. She has more than 20 years experience directing choirs, from Spanish and traditional choirs to handbell, children's and contemporary ensembles. A graduate of Loyola Marymount University, she later returned to her alma mater to work as assistant director of liturgy and music. At the archdiocesan level, she has served as a music committee member, deanery representative and a member of the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress Liturgy Committee.

Blessed with an extraordinary voice, Anna has recorded with many Catholic artists and composers, including Bob Hurd, Jaime Cortez and Eleazar Cortés. Her first solo collection, Te Doy Gracias, features 12 popular contemporary Spanish and bilingual songs. Her collection Tomaré Mi Cruz presents inspiring songs for liturgy, worship groups or retreats.

She has been a speaker and presenter at various conferences and workshops on music and liturgy.

Anna is a lifelong member of St. Linus Catholic Church in Norwalk, California, where she served as music director for many years. She currently serves as music director at St. Polycarp Catholic Church in Stanton, California, and Spanish choir director at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels in Los Angeles. She and her husband have two children.

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