Sunday, April 19, 2009

Some more Hymns

In my lonely quest to get better hymns in Catholic Churches, my thoughts on some Lenten and Easter hymns:

1. Where You There?




Probably my favorite Lenten Hymn

2. Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones. This hymn has been stuck in my head since Easter.

3. Ye Songs and Daughters. This is an easy hymn to sing and probably one of the oldest in the Catholic hymnals.

4. Alleluia, alleluia, Let the Holy Anthem Rise.

2 comments:

William R. Barker said...

I say... and YES.... I'm SERIOUS... that at least one "Christmas Carol" be sung at every mass.

(*WINK*)

BILL

Ed said...

I'm a newly converted catholic and a newly converted libertarian/minarchist. I commend the works of GK Chesterton to you; he was another very famous Catholic libertarian (of sorts, although the word libertarian didnt exist yet) and the book "The Kingdom Of God is Within You" by Leo Tolstoy, a christian anarchist, for parts of the message in it, not the whole (I like the church). It is short, unlike War and Peace and Anna Karenina.

I like that song very much, and I agree that catholic churches need better songs oftentimes, however I think some of it is also on the congregations. One time at Christ the King in Nashville it was like the Holy Spirit got into the congregation singing what was normally a rather mediocre hymn was the best or one of the best I've ever heard, because of the singers.It had people weeping and laughing and not knowing what to do. Afterwards the whole congregation was shell shocked and silent, and the priest lost his place. It was pretty amazing. It can be done with the hymnal we have, we just need some of that zeal that seems to come so easily to the pentecostals and baptists. Check out sacred harp music: this is a good documentary about it: www.awakemysoul.com/ and there are videos on youtube as well.

-Ed

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