If you're new here, you may want to check out my Free Resources. Thanks for visiting! Welcome back! Don't forget to visit my Cantor Training Resources. Nice to see you again! First Name. I want the FREE guide! The volume of Catholic hymns that have been produced is massive. There are songs for every occasion and mood, many songs that are perfect for praise and worship opportunities. There are the slow ones, the fast ones, and the in-between ones.
Somehow, they are mostly the songs sung during Communion. I tend to lean towards the emotion-evoking songs, so those are the most likely culprit. Anyway, on to the list. Here are a few of the favorite Catholic hymns that have always stuck with me. Note: If you would like to skip all the commentary on my favorite hymns, go ahead and listen to them on the YouTube playlist I created, My Favorite Catholic Hymns. Yes and no. It might be used at funerals, but that does not mean that it has to be solely that.
I see it as a beautiful reassurance of God taking care of His children. Oftentimes we get into our heads that we are a little bit immortal, and then things go terribly wrong from there. A reason I enjoy this hymn is that of the unitive vibe it gives. We are all one body, working for the good of the Lord, spreading the Good News, and we need to be united in that mission. It might seem weird to think about God speaking to you through a song, but there is something about this one that tugs my heartstrings every time.
Things that I only could have imagined. It also hits me hard because I know the freedom that comes from following Him with my whole life. Yet somehow I am stubborn again and again and forget what that looks like. This pilgrim has a lot to learn.
The Servant Song reminds me of the works of mercy. As Catholics, we are called to serve others with our time, our talents, our treasure. This song is a great reminder of things to come. A reminder that we need to live in Love all our lives. I also enjoy the way the melody swells and wanes during the entire song, allowing for some great high points. The kind of hymn that allows people to feel the emotion that can go along with it. While this hymn is not often sung in church, I love it! So much! There are a lot of versions that are made of this song, and a lot of really good versions.
If you ever do this as a choir at your parish, find the one that works best for your choir, and then revel in the glory of the song after that! At the parish I usually sang this at, the tempo was everything. Most people take it moderately, but not us.
Everything is not so bad with God at your side, right? We are called to bring light to everyone, and to accept that light for ourselves. If we are not healed first, it is hard to go and help others. I love the lyrics to this hymn, speaking of the redemptive healing that comes from following Christ.
Just as The Summons hymn get to me, this is the second hymn that really speaks to me. Again, a reflective piece. And I know and feel that God speaks to me through it. Call me crazy, but this song can bring me to tears in about 2 minutes or less if I really listen to the lyrics while singing. The setting of this song is simply beautiful. It is so indicative of the person Mary is, and also prayerful and reflective at the same time. It is incredible how much we can learn from the Mother of God if we really listen and reflect on her life and who she really embodies.
The role she can play in our lives it most definitely life-changing. It is her goal to bring us ever closer to her precious Son, Jesus. I love this song, but I also love singing it in Spanish. I have had that chance once or twice, and I would love to sing it in Spanish again. This hymn gets me every time; I prefer the old lyrics before they changed almost all of them.
It is confusing now, and not as beautiful to me, but still a nice song to sing. Again, another great Communion hymn, from my perspective at least. If I am honest, I am a bit selfish with selections that I like to sing, too. We cantors get used to hearing our own voices and think, I sound pretty good on this song. The only thing that kills me is the inability of people and leaders to sing the rhythms correctly.
That is my music teacher coming out, and I can let it slip most times. Love from Jesus is truly the best and most wondrous gift we can ever receive.
This song just tips the iceberg of what we can know of that. This is the one song as a teenager I would get so excited to sing, and it is no different now. Appropriate and loved for weddings and regular Masses alike, I never get tired of this song. And just to clarify, I love two versions of this hymn. The first version is the one written by Rosania and the other written by Hurd I will include both versions on my YouTube playlist.
Both lovely settings for a soloist or a choir. I prefer the choir versions, myself. Though I love this hymn in all settings, it is most beautiful as a choir arrangement. The men in my college choir took this particular arrangement to Italy on our music tour. Every time they sang it, it felt like Heaven was descending upon us girls. In a world that often forgets what real love looks like, I love the words of this song. I also love how the melody swells and wanes at the best times. A joy to sing and to listen to. So, enjoy my added section of honorable mention hymns.
I love their rhythms, the melodies, the call and response layout. I love it all. The key to all these great gospel hymns is to sing them with the correct tempo and style. Warm sound coming from the heart is just about right.
Primarily used during Lenten season, this hymn has such a haunting and reflective quality about it. The words depict this sorrowful conversation of the feelings of Jesus and Mary on his journey towards the Cross.
So beautiful and reverent. I am most familiar with this hymn used with the Stations of the Cross. A definite recommendation for adding spirituality to any stations during Lent.
If you look closely at the music in this, you notice it is not written in regular measures, but rather as a free-form Gregorian Chant. Chant is incredibly beautiful for reflection and pure singing.
If you sing the Latin version, it brings an air of mystery to the text. Around here, we sing it in English, which is still very beautiful. It can be sung slow or a bit faster, depending on skill level and preference.
I prefer to to a mix of fast and slow, or to let the spirit move the motions and words of the song. This is most definitely a Spirit-led song. My all time favorite Lenten hymn, with a hauntingly stunning melody and refrain. This piece sounds fantastic as a solo or with a choir, but most definitely during Good Friday.
This hymn is also of African-American origin, with some gospel style qualities. No wonder I love it so much. Another African-American sourced hymn, the repetitive quality of this song is lovely. There is something amazing to me about repeating important words. Plus, it makes it easy to memorize and for the congregation to follow along.
We are supposed to work and live and praise as a community.