I love “Gather Us In”! Beautiful lilting melody and thought-provoking, poetic words.
I also love “You Are Mine.” Another sweeping melody with touching words.
Also “Here I Am, Lord.” This song was so meaningful to my husband and me during the time that we were trying to decide whether to convert to Catholicism. This song was played at the Mass where the bishop welcomed the elect.
I’m not really a fan of contemporary Catholic music, but if I must…
Trust in the Lord
Something Which is Known
Celtic Alleluia (but only when it’s played on an organ)
Alleluia Alleluia, Give Thanks to the Risen Lord
Though the Mountains May Fall
Lead Me Lord
Jesus Christ is Risen Today (but that’s not really contemporary, given that it’s around 300 years old)
That’s Anthem, and it’s sooo [Inarcissisttic*.
*We are called; we are chosen
We are Christ for one another
We are promise for tomorrow, as we are for him today
We are sign; we are wonder
We are sower; We are seed.
We are harvest; we are hunger.
We are question; we are creed.
We’re like the fifth little piggy, and sing “We we we” :rolleyes:
Here I am Lord
On Eagle’s Wings
Be not Afraid
You are Mine
Yahweh, I know You are near.
I am the bread of life.
also growing up a Navy Brat I always liked
Eternal Father Strong to Save, (not sure if Catholic, but the Mass I attended growing up was on the Naval Base and we sang this one quite a bit as the recessional hymn.
The lyrics of this more fitting version (it’s more fitting because it doesn’t pretend to be a song for usage at Mass):
We are bald, we are frozen,
We throw mice at one another,
We are sometimes proud to borrow,
We are sometimes known to pay,
We are fine, we are awesome,
If you bring us, we shall bleep,
We avoid any bomber,
We are questioned, we are creed!
Just as a note, as of 2001, we are not to use any songs that have the name “Yahweh” in them. This is per Liturgiam Authenticam. I don’t want to be a downer here, but, I just wanted to inform y’all of the mandate from Rome.
In the Land There Is a Hunger Lynch
God of Day and God of Darkness Haugen/BEACH SPRING
One Love Released Frenzel/Keil
Three Days Ridge/THAXTED
Gather Us Together Alstott (I usually HATE the “gather-type” songs, but this one isn’t bad)
Taste and See Moore, Jr.
In the Breaking of the Bread Hurd
Behold the Lamb Willett
I Am the Bread of Life Toolan
The Servant Song Gillard
Gather and Remember Alstott/FINLANDIA
Be Not Afraid Dufford
Blest Are They Haas
O Beauty, Ever Ancient O’Connor
Now We Remain Haas
I haven’t noticed a decrease in contemporary “hymns,” but rather an increase in songs written within the 90’s to present getting sung, whereas the ones from the 70s and 80s not getting sung. The interesting thing is, the majority of the songs from the 70s and 80s actually are based on the antiphons for the Mass, whereas a lot of the newer stuff is based on us singing about ourselves.
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