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Find practice tracks and lyrics for liturgies and other church services by referring to our Liturgical Music Resources page. And see this useful GIA hymnals comparative listing of songs.

Use search window in the right sidebar to find songs, artists, composers, music-making tips and more. 

You can go to YouTube.com to find psalms and hymns to listen to. You will find there many songs managed by ONE LICENSE (including songs from hymnals by GIA, OCP and WLP).

You can see low-resolution sheet music previews of many popular Catholic songs at Hymnary.org

Funeral music suggestions

ckovackop wrote: 

I plan the Funeral liturgies for the sisters of our congregation. We have a license (One License) that is printed on our music booklet but in planning I explore a variety of sources before deciding on a specific song.

I wrote back to Carla to welcome her input on funeral music planning. I am webmaster and cantor at the Church of St. Matthew and we have put together a funeral planning page with some music suggestions. It still needs more work.

st-matts.org/funeral-ministry/funeral-music/

I thought it might be helpful to copy over the above list of hymns to a new story here at TCS. I welcome everyone's suggestions for hymns to add to this list!

God's peace,

Richard Schletty
TCS owner/editor
 

FUNERAL MUSIC SUGGESTIONS

Numbered selections are from the GIA hymnal "Gather Comprehensive, 2nd Edition"

Prelude
Ave Maria - Schubert
Ave Maria - Gounod
May the Road Rise to Meet You - Lori True
Take Me Home - Haas (Gather #760)

(Many songs listed in other sections are also effective as prelude music. Instrumental music is acceptable also.)

Gathering/Sending Forth
Amazing Grace/Newton/NEW BRITAIN (Gather #586)
Be Not Afraid/Schutte (Gather #596)
Blest Are They/Haas (Gather #636)...  Read Full Story >>>

Center of My Life (Paul Inwood)

Text: Psalm 16:1–2, 7–11. Refrain, Paul Inwood, b. 1947, © 1985, Paul Inwood. Published by OCP. All rights reserved. Verses, alt., © 1963, The Grail (England).

Music: Paul Inwood, © 1985, Paul Inwood. Published by OCP. All rights reserved.

Covered - An Acoustic Meditation (Miller and Schletty)

MP3 Music Playlist: 

The lyrics are Jack's poem "Covered" (inspired by a terrible nightmare). The guitar track was recorded by Jack Miller in a separate "moment" with his Zoom H2 digital recorder (with no intention of marrying his poem to his guitar track). 

I took it upon myself to crisp up Jack's guitar track and overlay my baritone register, singing his words in a free-form manner.

I thank Jack and Roxylee for their ongoing inspiration in things related both to heaven and earth.

COVERED
[inspired by Romans 3:21-31]

The blood of Christ
It covers me

The blood of Christ
He died for me...  Read Full Story >>>

Tale of Two Prodigal Sons (Miller, Carmichael, Schletty)

MP3 Music Playlist: 

Tale of Two Prodigal Sons
Lyrics and music ©2007 Jack Miller
Guitar: Scott Carmichael. Vocals: Richard Schletty
A MacJams.com collaboration

Am                                G 
  The younger of the sons, he was leavin'
Am                                         G
  Told his wealthy dad "Give me all that's mine"
Am                                     G 
  So he gathered all his riches and he journeyed
     F                         Am 
To a land to see what he would find
     F                         C
To a land to see what he would find

In that land he wasted all his bounty
Living only for the pleasures of each day...   Read Full Story >>>

Catechism of the Catholic Church book

Here is the book that I took the Catechesis 101 class.  It might be helpful to find the key points in this book Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Also, if anyone interest in taking the online class, this is a helpful link
https://formation.archdpdx.org/institute-for-catholic-life-and-leadership
 

Eye Has Not Seen (Marty Haugen)

MP3 Music Playlist: 


Refrain: Eye has not seen, ear has not heard what God has ready for those who love him...

Text: 1 Corinthians 2:9-10; Marty Haugen, b.1950
Tune: Marty Haugen, b.1950
© 1982, GIA Publications, Inc.

Christocentric

SONG LYRIC:  Christocentric
by:  Dan Vi Nguyen

Chorus:  
In communion of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
We receive a divine mercy of Christ to be the center of our life.
Christocentric of the suffering, death, resurrection and accession.
To hold the church in Body of Christ that brought to life in Holy Spirit.

Verse
Center our life with the direction of Christocentric
Experience the life of Christ in his suffering, death, resurrection and accession.
In human flesh that he know humanity in weakness and sinful.
Forth, seek his forgiveness in the Lord, Jesus Christ.
To be purify as in Christ's image and likeness of God.

Verse
Live out our faith in the Holy Spirit
Listen to the inner peace of our heart and mind
Speak of our heart and mind to prayer with Holy Spirit
Our voices will be heard in heaven upon the Kingdom of God
Forth the day we feel the joy of Holy Spirt upon us.

Verse
The kingdom of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
In union of Christ in communion of Ecclesial
That together we are in deposit of faith for all life
Forth we are joinful in Christocentric of our life.
We all in One Body of Christ.

On Eagle's Wings - Michael Joncas

My presentation of a popular hymn sung at Masses, weddings and funerals. This recording was made in my basement. "On Eagle's Wings" is sung against the backdrop of our neighborhood Easter egg hunt in 2018.

Text Psalm 91; Michael Joncas, b.1951
Tune: Michael Joncas, b.1951
© 1979, New Dawn Music

Psalm 34: Taste and See the Goodness of the Lord (Guimont)

Voice and guitar: Richard Schletty

Refrain:
Taste and See the Goodness of the Lord

Text: Verses, The Revised Grail Psalms, © 2010, Conception Abbey and The Grail, admin. by GIA Publications, Inc.; refrain, Lectionary for Mass, © 1969, 1981, 1997, ICEL Music: Michel Guimont. © 1994, GIA Publications, Inc.

Psalm 103: The Lord Is Kind and Merciful (Haugen)

Voice and guitar: Richard Schletty. This is performed one full step lower than written. It's in the key of G instead of the key of A. It's more comfortable for my baritone voice.

Refrain:
The Lord Is Kind and Merciful, The Lord Is Kind and Merciful

Text: Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 8; para. by Marty Haugen, © 1983, GIA Publications, Inc.; refrain trans.© 1969, ICEL
Music: Marty Haugen, © 1983, GIA Publications, Inc.

Psalm 103: The Lord Is Kind and Merciful (Guimont)

Voice and guitar: Richard Schletty

Refrain:
The Lord Is Kind and Merciful, ​​​​​​​The Lord Is Kind and Merciful

Text: Verses, The Revised Grail Psalms, © 2010, Conception Abbey and The Grail, admin. by GIA Publications, Inc.; refrain, Lectionary for Mass, © 1969, 1981, 1997 ICEL
Music: Michel Guimont, © 1994 GIA Publications, Inc.

The Baptism Song by Dennis and Bethany Buettner, illustrated by Mentol

The Baptism Song and the Baby Dedication Song are by Dennis and Bethany Buettner. The accompanying books are illustrated by Mentol.

Either version of the song can be sung at a christening or dedication ceremony, based upon beliefs. Every priest and minister who has seen and heard this loves and approves the simple message of love and hope. It is easy to sing like a lullaby.

Above: YouTube video at youtu.be/kDrgpHqUXzI. A rendition of The Baptism Song by Richard Schletty. Key of B.

From the website www.BaptismSong.com:

Here are all the digital media elements including music, lyrics, sheet music, images & celebration rite of The Baptism Song Book and video. We have even included a PDF version of The Baptism Song Book.

Feel free to sing and include The Baptism Song on any song platform, church or organization you wish, absolutely free without any copyright restriction.

To order Baptism Song Book from Amazon.com (USA) click HERE
To order Baby Dedication Song Book from Amazon.com (USA) click HERE
To order from Amazon.co.uk (Europe) click HERE
To order from Amazon.ca (Canada) click HERE
 

The Baptism Song (Tiny Baby)
Words and Music by Dennis Buettner

Verse 1
B          E
 Tiny baby lying there.
B             E
 Not a worry. Not a care... Read Full Story >>>

Domingo 3 Cuaresma C – Salmo 102 – El Señor es compasivo y misericordioso

Learn how to sing psalms in Spanish! Free download of guitar lead sheet and audio demo: Responsorial Psalm 102 in Spanish for 3rd Sunday of Lent (C). Domingo 3 Cuaresma C - Salmo 102 - El Señor es compasivo y misericordioso.

Please visit Catholic Liturgy in Song to get free downloads of guitar lead sheet and audio demos.

https://catholicliturgyinsong.org/product/domingo-3-cuaresma-c-salmo-102-el-senor-es-compasivo-y-misericordioso/



Please download the guitar lead sheet from above link to see all verses.

Domingo 3 Cuaresma (Ciclo C)

Salmo Responsorial
Salmo 102: 1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8 y 1; R. (8a)

        Bm(Simin)            A7(La7)  D(Re)
R. El Señor es compasivo y misericordioso...

Song search challenge: "Mother Dearest think that never here on earth it has been heard..."

One of our TCS members, tinaway-48, is looking for an old Catholic hymn, writing:

We used to sing it in May when I was in grammar school (St. Thomas More, Paradise, CA). The first verse went: "Mother Dearest think that never here on earth it has been heard that in sorrows whatsoever men to thee in vain have fled."

Can anyone help locate this song? I have had no luck so far. The song lyrics are reminiscent of the Memorare prayer:

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

Source: www.ewtn.com/devotionals/prayers/Memorare.htm

Mercy, O God (O'Brien)

Voice and guitar: Richard Schletty

Text: Francis Patrick O'Brien, b.1958
Tune: Francis Patrick O'Brien, b.1958
© 2001, GIA Publications, Inc.

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