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Author: Nick Alexander

Just found this in one of my older hymnals. They just don't craft songs like this anymore.

The Coming of Our God
C. Coffin, 1676-1749. Tr R. Campbell, 1814-1868, and compilers

The coming of our God
Our thoughts must now employ
Then let us meet Him on the road
With songs of holy joy.

The co-eternal Son
A Maiden's offspring see;
A servant's form Christ putteth on
To set His people free

Daughter of Sion, rise
To greet thine infant King;
Nor let thy stubborn heart despise
The pardon he doth bring.

In glory from His throne
Again will Christ descend
And summon all that are His own
To joys that never end.

Let deeds of...

Author: Nick Alexander

Here are the top Advent songs as voted upon by the TopCatholicSongs community. We had nominated Advent-oriented...

Author: Nick Alexander

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...)

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Author: Nick Alexander

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...

Author: Nick Alexander

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....

Author: Nick Alexander

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...

Author: Nick Alexander

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

Author: Nick Alexander

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...

Author: Nick Alexander

What is "TopCatholicSongs"?

TopCatholicSongs is a service to all Catholics, to provide a way to share the best that Catholic Music has to offer.

This is a site to keep coming back to, to discover new artists, new songs, new styles, that speak to who you are as a dynamic Catholic Christian. To speak to issues that you are dealing with. To communicate our awesome beliefs about our faith, our love for Jesus Christ, our commitment to church teaching. It will be consistent with the myriad apsects of Catholic faith. It will reinforce themes on the liturgical calendar. It will speak to you, encourage you, bless you.

If you have very little knowledge about the Catholic music "scene", this is the perfect place to start. It will open your doors to the incredible...

Author: Nick Alexander

Sean Clive has been compared to CCM artists Chris Tomlin and Joel Hanson of PFR. Sean's fans always comment on the strength and beauty of his vocals and the sincerity of his message. Through his original music, Sean helps you feel and experience the power of God's love.

Sean has been performing contemporary Christian music in Central New York since 2002 in...

Author: Nick Alexander

Sean Clive writes:

Something funny to share...

So, I signed up with CCLI for a license to use copyrighted songs on lyric sheets, etc. They must have sold my name to some "respectable" companies - so I get some interesting mail - crusade invitations, etc... Also, I regularly get a package of no postage necessary postcards that I can send back for free samples and information for a variety of products and services. They must assume I am a "pastor" and therefore have a church for which I can buy...

--- Great Big Signs with funny phrases to draw people in,
--- Nice comfy chairs to seat people,
--- Big Bucks Audio & Video Equipment with Big Savings,
--- Church Software with which I can keep track of everyone'...

Author: Nick Alexander

For this Odessa, MO, native, "Always Forward" is his motto...and the title of his new album.

Joel Stein released his first professionally recorded album in August of this year. Stein's interest in music began...

Author: Nick Alexander

This morning at liturgy, the cantor directed us to sing "Amazing Grace." (There was no other instruction). As the entire congregation began, there was a definite derailment of the community-building that happened in the song:

The entire congregation, sang: Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me...

The cantor, however, went with the alternate version (printed in footnoted text): Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved and set me free...

The result was cacophonious to the worst extent. People felt like they were competing with the cantor, not being led by him.

And while I can understand some people's reservations to the term "wretch like me", these very words were most appropos for the reading today, about Zacheus, a...

Author: TCS Webmin

Here is the List of the Top Contemporary Christmas songs, as dictated by the friendly folks at TopCatholicSongs.com. These extraordinary renditions will transform your Christmas spirit. Be sure to...