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Year Of Saint Paul - Romans Songs

Nick Alexander here...

Being the Year of St. Paul, we thought it would be great to include songlists that are based on specific passages from the Pauline Epistles. This month, we examine the book of Romans.

There are four songs on this list that are well worth listening to.

First, Faith, Hope and Love by Donna Lee. While the chorus is based on 1 Cor 13:13, the verses are nearly taken verbatim from Romans 5.

Come Holy Spirit, from Margo B. Smith, has its bridge lifted from Romans 8:26:the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know
how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words.”
She says, "This is a song/prayer to the Holy Spirit asking Him to help me to pray."

I Will Carry You by Sean Clive, incorporates Romans 8:38:For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. He writes:"This song... is really at the heart of what I need to share with the world - God's overwhelming love for each one of us. A love that overcomes all and bears all so that one day we can fully experience in His arms, the love of God."

Lastly, Simonetta has the song Why, which is a paraphrase of Romans 7.

What are your favorite Romans-inspired texts? Please comment... I want to know!

World Youth Day - Traveler's Playlist

Nick Alexander here... World Youth Day 2008 is nearly upon us. Many pilgrims who will journey to Australia to meet with the pope, and to be encouraged in this year's theme: "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit falls upon you, and you will be my witnesses to the ends of all the earth" (Acts 1:8) For those who are making the pilgrimage, why not load up your MP3 player with music that will reinforce these themes?

My personal favorite Holy Spirit songs –  by Catholic artists who are hungering to spread the message of God's love in this world.

Pentecost Spirit Songs – as voted up by members of Top Catholic Songs.

"Christ Our Hope" songs –  for the visit of the Pope to the United States

"Witness" – songs Inspired by the Franciscan U Youth Conferences at Steubenville (

Top Graduation Songs: Happy Class of 2008!! Whether you are graduating from jr high or college, these are songs that will help assist you on the next journey of your life.


World Youth Day - Receive the Power

Nick Alexander here...
This is a video of the official theme song for World Youth Day 2008. Guy Sebastian, who sings this track, won Australian Idol. Paulini adds very beautiful support. This is a very well produced single that is both very reverential and strong lyrics.

Sadly, I could not find this song on iTunes. If anybody has any information as to how to download this song, please feel free to leave it in the comments.

World Youth Day - Free Song

For Release July 8, 2008 Green Bay, WI

The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are offering a free download for young Catholics traveling to World Youth Day at their website

“Come Holy Ghost/Enkindle”, performed by Kataluma, re-imagines the traditional hymn, correlating with the Pentecost theme of World Youth Day 2008. It’s both a benediction for youth traveling to Sydney, as well as a way for those who can’t attend to take a ‘multicultural musical journey’.

“Come Holy Ghost/Enkindle” begins with a ’summons’ to Sydney, played on an Aborigine Didgeridoo. Just as Catholic youth from around the world will bring their own culture and gifts to Sydney, it incorporates different rhythms, from Catalonian to Congolese, and instruments from around the world. Some include an accordion from Germany, electric guitar and dulcimer from the United States, kalimba from Angola, a saz, or lute from Greece, shaker from Peru, rain stick from Guatemala, harp from Ireland, trumpet from Mexico.

In deference to Pope Benedict XVI’s favorite composer, it even includes a brief passage from Mozart’s ‘Rondo Alla Turca’. Also, there’s a bit of Gregorian Chant.

In Mark’s Gospel, the Greek word Kataluma designates a “Dining Room” where the Last Supper takes place (and, some suggest, the same room where Pentecost occurred). More commonly, it describes the ‘breaking up or
reprieve of a journey’. In this instance Kataluma designates the occasional coalescence of Milwaukee area musicians and creatives: John Tanner, Sue Bruk, Bob Monagle and Mark Kolter, who fashioned the transglobal approach to the hymn “Come Holy Ghost/Enkindle”

Sister Mary Carol, OSF, of the Franciscan Sisters Music Conservatory commented “How many people today hear or sing the hymn, “Come, Holy Ghost?” Although this is the title, the actual words are first heard about 2 and 1/2 minutes into the recording. The melody to the 19th century hymn is heard in bits throughout the piece.”

“Multiple listening to the song reveal a more complex composition than first expected. Our daily lives are also complicated...However, as the minutes and hours unfold, changes occur that lead to a profound belief in the Spirit who leads us through the ups and downs of each moment. “

Established in 1869, the Roman Catholic Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity serve in Catholic health care, education and parish ministries in 13 U.S. dioceses (Green Bay, Superior, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Tucson,
Honolulu, Chicago, Marquette, Jackson, Lincoln, Omaha, Columbus and Steubenville).

Year of Saint Paul - His Life

Nick Alexander here...

This past June 29, on the Feast Day of St. Peter and St. Paul, Pope Benedict XVI has issued forth a special year in celebration of St. Paul. This is in keeping with the traditional belief that he is celebrating his 2000th anniversary of his birth.

From vespers:

We are therefore gathered here not to reflect on a story from a past that has irrevocably gone. Paul speaks to us - today. That is why I proclaimed this special Pauline Year - to listen to him and to learn from him, as our teacher, ‘faith and truth’, in which are rooted the reasons for unity among the disciples of Christ.

We at TopCatholicSongs feel it is imperative to take this year seriously. Therefore we are going to be focusing upon the life and writings of St. Paul each month, until his feast year has run its course.

The list above is a focus on St. Paul himself--the man, the convert, knocked off his horse en route to Damascus, making a complete 180-degree turn in his life, and focusing intently on spreading the Gospel as far and as wide as He could. One of the great things about St. Paul is that he lived in a time where there was also a multi-cultural society, and he had the stamina and the fortitude to take a stand for Christ, which he understood to be the fullness of truth, no matter how hard his road would take him. And his writings today are seminal for the upbuilding of the New Testament church (as it is today)... linking his training in Greek philosophy with the prophetic words of the Old Testament.

And he is responsible for the most beautiful words ever throughout Scripture. Romans 8. 1 Corinthians 13. 2 Corinthians 5. Ephesians 6. Phillippians 3. 1 Timothy.... imminently quotable, inspiring, filled with great wisdom.

It is our intention to find songs that will quote many of these remarkable texts verbatim, in a musical format that is inviting, thoughtful and even fun... so that these texts may be committed to memory with ease. In the meantime, enjoy these songs from a mix of Catholic Contemporary artists, Christian Contemporary artists, and classical musicians, so to be able to understand more of the Great Witness that is Saint Paul.

Witness - Franciscan University Youth Conferences

Every year Franciscan University of Steubenville plays host to a series of youth/young adult conference weekends that provide great talks, inspiring worship, opportunities for adoration and confession, and great, great fun. This year, is no exception. The theme of the conferences this year is "Witness", and the accompanying verse is Acts 1:8.

From the Franciscan Youth Website:

The promise of God is that when the Holy Spirit comes upon us, we will receive power. What is that power? How do we access that power? How do we use that power? Pope Benedict VXI, himself, recently wrote, "Who is the Holy Spirit? It is a fact that for many Christians He is still the "great unknown." This summer we will seek not just to learn about the Holy Spirit, but to get to know Him as the living presence of God in our lives. And we will get to know His power – the power he wants us to have that we might be witnesses.

And what is it that we are to witness to? The undeniable reality that Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of our heavenly Father, took on flesh and became a man like us, except without sin. And that this Jesus, who through signs and wonders revealed His divinity to all whose hearts were open, committed the ultimate act of love and sacrifice by taking up the cross and dying on that cross in our place. Through His death, Jesus conquered our greatest enemy – death. And now, through faith in Jesus and the waters of Baptism, we have been brought into the family of God and have access to heaven through our union with Jesus. That is our faith! That is our hope! That is what needs to be proclaimed to our lost and dying world!

But a witness is more than someone who talks. A witness shows through his life that Jesus is Lord. The word "martyr" in Greek means witness. That is why there is blood on our logo – to remind us that being a true witness to Christ may cost us our very lives.

Here at TopCatholicSongs we wish to provide a great service to those who will be driving long distances, and for those who wish to be reminded of the themes throughout the year: the "Franciscan Steubenville Youth - Witness" playlist is a list of phenomenal songs from both Catholic and Contemporary Christian artists whose very songs reinforce the themes of this weekend.

  1. Witness by Bob Rice on Steubenville Theme Songs
  2. Evangelize by Nick Alexander on Eternal Life: The Party Album
  3. Go Make A Difference by Steve Angrisano on Make A Difference
  4. As It Is In Heaven by Matt Maher on Overflow
  5. Jesus Freak (Live) by tobyMac on Alive and Transported (Live)
  6. Ignatius Of Antioch (Like Wheat) by Fr. Kent O'Connor on Saints
  7. I Cannot Tell It All by Tom Booth on Find Us Ready
  8. It's Time by Last Day on We're Here
  9. From Nothing to Everything by Ben Walther on Where I Want to Be
  10. In the End by Full Armor on Against the Flow
  11. Mission's Flame by Matt Redman on Facedown
  12. Tears of the Saints by Leeland on Sound of Melodies
  13. Ain't No Party by Fr. Stan Fortuna on Sacro Song 3
  14. Dare You to Move by Switchfoot on The Beautiful Letdown
  15. Follow the Son by Valerie Von Fange on Steadfast Love
  16. Doing Something by Sean Clive on Amazed
  17. City On A Hill by Third Day on City On a Hill - Songs of Worship and Praise
  18. Here I Go Again by Casting Crowns on Casting Crowns
  19. (Ichthus) by Nick Alexander on I Wanna Be Debated
  20. Be God's by Danielle Rose on Mysteries
  21. You Will Reign by Gerard Faucheux on How Can You Think of Me? (studio Version)
  22. Open Wide The Doors by Martin Doman on Praying Twice, Vol II
  23. Inside by Chris Padgett on Golden
  24. Tell the World by Hillsong United on Look to You
  25. Share It With The World by Critical Mass on Completely
  26. God of Justice by Tim Hughes on We Must Go (Soul Survivor Live 2005)
  27. Let Your Kingdom Come by Sovereign Grace Music on Valley of Vision
  28. Micah 6:8 by Charlie Hall on Flying Into Daybreak
  29. Salt and Light by Jami Smith on Immerse
  30. Hero (Red Pill Mix) by Superchick on Regeneration
  31. Teaching Them to Read by Nick Alexander on Eternal Life: The Party Album
  32. Song of a Servant by Bob Filoramo on My Beacon of Hope
  33. Go Light Your World by Mel Kennedy w/ M-N-M Music on Hope-N-Light
  34. For Zion's Sake by John Michael Talbot on The Regathering
  35. Go Out And Tell by Bobby Fisher & Who Do You Say I Am on Go Out And Tell

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Chris D'Alfanso's Blueprints

Courtesy of Chris D'Alfanso, and filmed on the island of Malta.

Jon Niven and LIFT Ministries

Top Ten Children's Songs

Nick Alexander here...

Once again, the Top Catholic Songs Community had banded together to nominate, vote and rank the Top Ten Children's Songs. We had a great time listening to these submissions, and we hope you enjoy the music here as well!

1. Standin' on the Rock by Mike Harrison featuring Greg Walton
Old-time rock and roll exhorting kids to stand firm in their Catholic faith, unified with the Pope and Christ's Church.

2. R.C.I.A. by Nick Alexander
This song shows Catholic children how special their faith is, that people would go to great lengths to enter their church. And, they love the funny hand motions!

3. Tantum Ergo / Adoration by Christ Music Kids
An accessible introduction to St. Thomas Aquinas' Hymn for benediction, with a stirring refrain in English.

4. Your Grace Is Enough by Christ Music Kids
"Remember Your people, remember Your children, remember Your promise, O God!"

5. Saint Michael by Mike Harrison featuring Sal Solo

An energy-filled rendition of the St. Michael prayer that will launch your kids into spiritual battle!

6. I Can Hear the Angels Singing by Celeste Zepponi

"A multitude of holy angels, I can hear them, can you hear? Singing to God eternally!"

7. Bread of Life by Christ Music Kids

It takes a child-like faith to look at the Eucharist and say, "Jesus, You are the Bread of Life."

8. Little Way (St. Therese of Lisieux) by Fr. Kent O'Connor

St. Therese is a favorite saint for many people, including myself. Her "Little Way" is a child-freindly spirituality.

9. Fill Me, O God by Christ Music Kids

"Pour out Your Holy love and reach me O God; Let my heart be Yours."

10. So I Ask by Sean Clive

A song that helps your child say, "God, please help me today... all day... I'm going to need it."

Let these songs minister to you and your WHOLE FAMILY!

Guest List: Nicholas Cole's Favorite Songs

  1. Boom Bip by Point 5 Covenant from Listen. Learn.
  2. Lift Up Your Eyes by Keith Roberts from This Time Around
  3. Jesus Loves Me from Little Lamb Lullabies
  4. Are You Amazed? by Bob Rice from Shining Like the Son (Best of 1996-2005)
  5. Alleluia (Raise Your Voice) by News At Eleven from Here Till the End
  6. Mary's Got My Back by Sarah Bauer from Lead Me Home
  7. hope4thenew by manuel3 from Catholic Soul Revolution
  8. Transubstantiation by Nick Alexander from A Time to Laugh
  9. Communion by Gretchen Harris from Sign of Love
  10. Take Up Your Cross by Tajci Tatiana from I Thirst - the Crucifixion Story

Nicholas Cole is the former owner of Catholic Tuneage. He has selected this Top 10 list from some of his favorite Catholic albums. These songs are really a cross section of his life over the past couple of years. Four years ago when he founded Catholic Tuneage, lullabies would have never made the list, but now that he has two children they have become quite important to his music selections. But, even with the kiddos, you still cannot shake Catholic rap from the #1 spot!

Matt Maher Likes "Speak O Lord"

Nick Alexander here...
I just discovered this song. I think it is a tremendous example of great, modern hymnwriting. Apparently, Matt Maher thinks so too...
Full lyrics are available HERE.

Corpus Christi (Solemnity of Body and Blood) from Spirit & Song

A selection of songs for Corpus Christi (Solemnity of Body and Blood) from OCP/Spirit & Song. 

Anima Christi Charles Thatcher

Ave Verum Corpus Clark Mallory

Ave Verum Corpus Wolfgang Mozart

Ave Verum Corpus Andrew Wright

Ave Verum Corpus Scot Crandal

Soul of Christ/Anima Christi Carey Landry

Glorifica al Señor, Jerusalén Alberto Taulé

Praise the Lord, Jerusalem Owen Alstott

O Sacrum Convivium Robert Parker

Anima Christi Charles Thatcher

Ave Verum Corpus Clark Mallory

Ave Verum Corpus Wolfgang Mozart

Ave Verum Corpus Andrew Wright

Ave Verum Corpus Scot Crandal

Soul of Christ/Anima Christi Carey Landry

Glorifica al Señor, Jerusalén Alberto Taulé

Praise the Lord, Jerusalem Owen Alstott

O Sacrum Convivium Robert Parker

Jesu, Dulcis Memoria

The Body of Christ John Schiavone

This Body of Christ Laurence Rosania

Ang Katawan ni Kristo/Behold, the Body of Christ Ricky Manalo

Somos el Cuerpo de Cristo/We Are the Body of Christ Jaime Cortez

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Nick Alexander's Favorite Trinity Songs

Here's a list of Trinity songs from my favorite Catholic artists. Each of these songs speaks of God as "The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit." Each of these songs help give us a greater focus on the importance of recognizing and contemplating the mystery of the Holy Trinity. These include three songs from John Michael Talbot (Greeting, In the Name of God, and Father Make Me Holy), two songs from Lynn Geyer (Glory Be and Trinity... the latter of which was a cover by Celeste Zepponi), ServantSong, Brendan Delumpa, Nancy Krebs, Sal Solo, and yours truly. There were a number of songs we would have like to have included, but they were not on iTunes. "Song of the Cross", which was heard at World Youth Day 2002 in Toronto, by Susan HooKong-Taylor, closes with a strong Trinitarian praise... but it's not on iTunes. Song of Unity, by Donna Cori Gibson... powerful stuff – but it's not on iTunes. Because We Believe, as covered by Jim Cowan on Behold the Lamb, an Integrity/Renewal release – but it's not on iTunes. Hopefully, these artists will get their music up shortly, for our benefit, and theirs. What are your favorite Trinitarian songs?

Video: Sanctify by Annie Karto

Annie Karto writes...
This song came about as prayerful plea, asking the Holy Spirit to "sanctify" my life. We are the "work of His Hands," His dwelling place. How awesome to think about! A man named Jim Page heard the song, and made a beautiful video to accompany the song, posting it on You Tube.