make it appropriate for the most fes-tive occasions. It is also known as theDoxology—“Praise God from WhomAll Blessings Flow.”5.
(chant) This chant says“It’s Easter!” and people all over theworld know it. It can be usedthroughout the Easter season as thegospel acclamation. Mode VI is thechant most familiar to parishes andis easily sung unaccompanied, evenon weekday mornings.6.
Alleluia, Sing to Jesus
(HYFRYDOL)There are only six notes used in thistune (do through la) yet its noble sim-plicity invites all to join in! The text isappropriate during Easter as well asordinary time, at weddings and evenfunerals. Another well-known textsung to this joyful tune is “Love Di-vine, All Loves Excelling.”7.
(NEW BRITAIN),sung in all Christian denominationsand by many people in and out of church, the song’s text and tune reachthe heart. The tune is considered theAmerican hymn tune in our country.8.
At that First Eucharist
(UNDE ETMEMORES) The three short versesof this well-know hymn, eucharis-tic in nature, speak of unity and rec-onciliation.9.
(chant) This sim-ple chant associated with the Lentenseason can be easily learned by anycongregation. A cantor or choir cansing the verses, with the assemblysinging the refrain. Although organaccompaniments are available, it ismost beautiful when sung unac-companied.10.
Be Joyful, Mary
(REGINA COELI)This text and tune can be sung dur-ing the Easter season, especiallyduring May when parishioners ask for Marian hymns. This hymn, theMarian anthem for Compline dur-ing Easter, is very singable and easyto learn.11.
Be Not Afraid
(Bob Dufford) Ac-cording to several surveys of the lastdecade, this is one of the most sunghymns in America and is now in-cluded in hymnals of other Christianchurches. People love the comfortingwords of this Scripture-based text.12.
Blessed Be the God of Israel
(FOR-EST GREEN) For those who singmorning prayer the tune is perfectfor the Canticle of Zachariah. Thetune is also a splendid alternate forthe Christmas text “O Little Townof Bethlehem.”13.
Blest Are They
(David Haas) Agood contemporary setting of theBeatitudes, this song works with con-gregations and with cantor or choir.14.
(Fintan O’Carroll& Christopher Walker) It can beused as a gospel acclamation. Itsvarious texts can be used as a gath-ering song, to accompany the sprin-kling rite, and as a dismissal song.The song seldom fails to arouse a joyous response.15.
Chant Mass: Kyrie XVI, SanctusXVIII, Agnus Dei XVIII
These simplechants are easily learned and arepart of our musical heritage asCatholics. They are especially usefulin multilingual celebrations.16.
The Church’s One Foundation
(AURELIA) This strong metricaltune, attributed to Samuel Sebast-ian Wesley, is another of the threetunes strongly connected to ourChristian history. Once a congrega-tion knows the tune, there are manynew texts available, including “YouWalk Along Our Shoreline” and“For All The Faithful Women.”17.
Christ Be Our Light
(BernadetteFarrell) This text and tune have manyuses in planning liturgies. With can-tor or choir singing the verses, therefrain is easy for a congregation tolearn, though it might quickly learnthe entire hymn, too. The music isversatile since it lends itself to organ,piano, and other instruments.18.
Come Holy Ghost
(LAMBILLOTTE)Another long-time parish favorite,it has received new life in Kevin Keiland Maryanne Quinlivan’s “OneSpirit, One Church.”19.
Creator of the Stars
(chant) Thissimple chant from the ninth centu-ry (
Creator Alme Siderum
) has passedthe test of time, can be found inmost worship aids, and can be sungunaccompanied.20.
Crown Him with Many Crowns
(DIADEMATA) Another stronghymntune set to a text with imagesdrawn from the book of Revelation.The song can be used during ordi-nary time (especially the last fewSundays) and during Easter.21.
Every congre-gation should be able to respond tothese chants, especially if the bishopor a singing visitor priest appears!22.
Eat this Bread
(Taizé chant) ThisCommunion chant has a simple re-frain for the assembly with versesfor cantor or choir. Like most Taizésongs, the instrumentation is versa-tile, fitting any parish or group.23.
For the Beauty of the Earth
(DIX)People particularly like singingphrases that speak of the joys of human love, family, and friends.You may want to use this song inseasons when nature is particular-ly glorious. The hymn tune is verysingable and is used with manytexts, such as “As with Gladness”for Epiphany, which focuses on thetheme of light, praising Christ “oursun which goes not down.”24.
Faith of Our Fathers
(ST.CATHERINE)One of the three tunesstrongly connected to Christian his-tory, this is truly a Catholic hymntune. Another good hymn text “ALiving Faith” can be found in some
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