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Advent Top Songs

Here are the top Advent songs as voted upon by the TopCatholicSongs community. We had nominated Advent-oriented songs from our own repertoires, and then instituted a vote as to which songs were the best.

These artists represent the best that Catholic music has to offer:

  1. Promised Messiah by Gretchen Harris
  2. O Come O Come Emmanuel by Kitty Cleveland, (a medley with Coventry Carol)
  3. Comfort Comfort by Maureen and Bill Hayes
  4. Holy Is His Name by Lynn Geyer
  5. A Child Shall Lead by Lynn Geyer
  6. Something's Gonna Come by Joel Stein
  7. Waiting for the Christ Child by Nancy Krebs
  8. Magnificat by Trish Foti Genco
  9. In the Stillness by Trish Foti Genco
  10. Day of the Lord by Deacon Chuck Stevens.
  11. Wait With Me by Susan Bailey.

Advent is a joyous, hope-filled, incredible Season, that makes participating in the Christmas Season all the more precious. I cannot reccommend these songs highly enough, and see these songs as a helpful reminder that Christ's coming to us, first as a baby in the manger, and second from the clouds.

Hymn for Christ the King

I just rediscovered this hymn in my Westminster Hymnal. Enjoy!

Hail Redeemer, King Divine

Hail Redeemer King divine! Priest and Lamb, the throne is thine, King, whose reign shall never cease, Prince of everlasting peace. Angels, saints and nations sing "Praised be Jesus Christ, our King; Lord of life, earth sky and sea, King of love on Calvary." King, whose name creation thrills Rule our minds, our hearts our wills Till in peace each nation rings With thy praises, King of Kings. (to chorus...) King most holy, King of Truth, Guide the lowly, guide the youth Christ thou King of glory bright Be to us eternal light.(to chorus...) Shepherd King, o'er mountains steep Homeward bring the wandering sheep; Shelter in one royal fold States and kingdoms, new and old. (to chorus...) WERDE MUNTER, J. Schop, c. 1664.

ServantSong's Favorite Praise Songs

Here is a list of favorite songs of Dave Gawron, of the band, ServantSong.

Says Dave:
Man, I LOVE those songs! Hopefully some fellow musicians will hear some of them for the first time and love them too.

Thanksgiving Memories...

Nick Alexander here...

When I was nine years old, I had dropped the chance to be Simon.... from Alvin and the Chipmunks.

My family had just moved to New York City, and my mother took a sales job at Macy's. One of the perks of working there is that, every Thanksgiving, you and your family all had to trudge yourself out of bed at three-o-clock in the morning, head over to a decrepid warehouse, one which had been converted into a huge costuming facility, and get yourselves made up into any number of costumes, to march in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

It was my first time, and I was looking forward to being a clown. We were to march in front of the Muppet bus--the same schoolbus that was in The Muppet Movie. All the muppet characters were inside the bus, looking out, waving to thousands of children on the streets, and millions of viewers in their homes. It was exciting.

But while I waited in line, there was this costume facilitator wandering throughout the lines, calling for anyone to be "Simon". The one who was supposed to be Simon called out sick, and he needed a tall replacement. I happened to have been tall for my age, the perfect height, and so he singled me out. "Wanna be Simon?"

Being my first time, I was confused. I didn't want to separate from my sister, and, well, I was scared. This was uncharted territory. I was trained to be a clown. I could handle being a clown. There were thousands of clowns at this event, and I could smile and be goofy in relative anonymity. But ... a Chipmunk? I'd be the center of attention, (for a little bit), and have to shake hands with tons of children.

The man came to me three times. Three times I refused. I had to be the clown. And to think, for all these years, having memories of being a clown in the parade, I could have been Simon.

So, this Thanksgiving, I thank God for the choices I've faced throughout my life, and the blessings that God had given to me. But many of these same blessings were the result of hard, crazy choices that, had I refused, would never had come again. I've since learned that I have to trust Him, even when presented with a crazy opportunity, knowing that He would be there to bring more blessings from it. Most of my wonderful blessings in life came as a result of trusting God in uncharted territory for me--including converting to the Catholic Church.

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody. Give Thanks to our wonderful Lord, who always has a tremendous plan for your lives, a tremendous crazy opportunity that would mix the best of your talents, the uniqueness of your character, with the needs of the community that you live in. Who raises up incredible saints.

And be sure to check out the Thanksgiving related posts on this board.

Story Behind the Song: By Your Hand

Gerard Faucheux writes:

By Your Hand is my interpretation of Matthew 6:25-34. After over twenty years of marriage (and just recently leaving my 30's behind) and constant employment with regular raises, I am still amazed that we seem to be doing just as well as when we first started out together. It doesn't seem to matter how much money I make, or how hard I work - we always seem to be making just enough. Sometimes things get tough, usually when I get so wrapped up in trying to handle everything on my own, but when I come to my senses and call out to God, things ALWAYS work out! I feel like God wants to keep me in a place where I know that I need Him as my provider, as my heavenly Father. Why do I forget so often?

Lord, I am SO thankful for the many blessings that You have given us throughout our lives. I had no choice of where or when I would be born. I know that because of You, well, I've got it pretty good. Thank you for being faithful to me, even when I lost my way. I hope that I am being a faithful servant with the gifts that I have been given. Thank you Lord!

By Your Hand
Words and music by Gerard C. Faucheux, Sr.

I could work from dawn till dusk, every minute I'm awake
I could work my fingers to the bone
It really doesn't matter how much money I could make
It would never be enough on my own.

By Your hand I am fed
By Your hand I am clothed
By Your hand I am sheltered
By Your hand I'm made whole
Where would I be without You Lord
For by Your hand I am. By Your hand I am.


Think about the birds they neither sow nor reap nor store
Yet we're worth so much more than them.
And think about the lilies they do not spin, they do no chores
But Solomon never dressed as well as them.

So I won't worry about what I eat or wear
I'll just put my trust in You.
I'll seek You first and Your righteousness
'cause that is all I have to do.

Copyright © 2005 Gerard C. Faucheux, Sr.

Christ is King!

Nick Alexander here...

The Feast of Christ the King is upon us. To celebrate, I crafted a list of my favorite "Christ the King" songs. On this list are:

  1. Holy God We Praise Your Great Name, the "serious" song off my latest.
  2. Jesus Has Come, one of the highlights from John Michael and Terry Talbot
  3. He is the King of Glory, from News At Eleven
  4. Mighty King, a winner from Steve Angrisano
  5. My Lord and My God, an all out awesome song from Bob Filoramo
  6. As It Is In Heaven, from worship leader Matt Maher
  7. All Creatures of My God and King by awesome blues-artist Ashley Cleveland
  8. At the Name of Jesus by Ed Bolduc

... along with exceptional songs from Bob RiceSteve BellMatt RedmanPassionDavid Crowder BandMichael W Smith and Third Day.

Happy Feast Day, everyone.

What Are Your Favorite Thanksgiving Songs?

Thanksgiving is coming up in a week. If you were to choose your favorite songs that offer Thanks to God, what will they be?

Christmas Edition of Grapevine Magazine Out

Grapevine is a great magazine which highlights the efforts of Catholic Musicians from all styles and ministries. They have an online edition, or you can purchase a quality bound edition for your library.

This month features:

Donut Man
Merry Christmas New York City
Spirit Wing Records
Christ Music Kids
Bernie Choiniere
A new column about podcasts from the Catholic Mom

Plus news, reviews, artist updates. David Wang wrote an excellent column about artist's creativity in comparison with mainstream music. And I, Nick Alexander, got to write a column based on the Top 10 Traditional and Contemporary Advent Songs You Need to know. These lists will appear here shortly.

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