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Contemporary Catholic music is streamed here courtesy of our sister site Catholic Music Express. More info here. 

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    Somebody's Knocking at Your Door


    2:09 minutes (2.96 MB). Use download link below if you do not see a Flash MP3 player above.

    Joel Stein rocks the Word

    Little Things (St. Therese)

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    2:36 minutes (5.95 MB). Use download link below if you do not see a Flash MP3 player above.

    Little Things (St. Therese), off of "Be Not Afraid" by Benjamin Brekke is about how St. Therese, the little flower, has inspired me in my faith journey and invites us to follow her wisdom and do little things with great love.  Doing these little things, are like flowers in God's garden and can truly change the world.

    If you enjoy this song, you can check my other songs or purchase this song on iTunes or CDBaby.

    www.benjaminbrekke.com

    Better Man

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    3:36 minutes (8.26 MB). Use download link below if you do not see a Flash MP3 player above.

    "Better Man" off of "Be Not Afraid" by Benjamin Brekke is an exploration of my struggles as a husband, a father and a Christian.  It explores my desire for holiness and leadership.  Ultimately it is a song that looks at my various roles that God has blessed me with and realizing that little by little, God is taking my mistakes and failures and working with them to make me into a better man.

    If you like "Better Man" please consider buying it on iTunes or CDBaby

    www.benjaminbrekke.com

    You're the One

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    3:36 minutes (5 MB). Use download link below if you do not see a Flash MP3 player above.

    You're the One

    You are mine and I am yours
    I love you. You love me

    A song outpoured when love was young
    Your inmost beauty on my tongue
    You and I, we breathe as one
    Whispered prayers for dreams to come

    You're the one! You're my wife
    You're the one! You bring life
    This I pray every hour of the day
    That our dreams will find their way

    Flowers grow in colors bright
    Along a path of rocks and light
    In Kodachrome or shades of gray
    Youthful dreams will come to play

    You're the one! You're my wife
    You're the one! You bring life
    This I pray every hour of the day
    That our dreams will find their way

    You're the one! All I've ever known
    You're the one! Tending what we've sown
    This I pray every hour of the day
    That our dreams will find their way

    You are mine and I am yours
    I love you. You love me

    Three approaches to a Catholic hymn

    Video • “Three Approaches To A Catholic Hymn”

    Published 10 June 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

    The following video shows three (3) ways hymns are sung by our choir:

    That haunting setting—in English—of the PANGE LINGUA of St. Thomas Aquinas was taken from the Campion Hymnal. It can also be sung in Latin, and the “Second Approach” (see video) is a good way for amateur choirs. Read the full story at Corpus Christi Watershed

    A Manual For Church Musicians (1964)

    Jeff Ostrowski at Corpus Christi Watershed has made available a PDF copy of “A Manual For Church Musicians” (1964) — 130 pages.

    Jeff writes:

    You know that we are always interested in trying to figure out how the Mass changed during the 1960s.

    This book is important:

    PDF Download • “A Manual For Church Musicians” (1964)

    It is extremely well-produced, but I would suggest to you that the content is quite poor. But it's interesting from a historical point of view.

    - Jeff Ostrowski

    Three Must-Read Articles About Praise And Worship Music

    Worship and Praise musicNick Alexander posted this article on his blog today. He includes links to three very timely articles for my parish! We are in the throes of discussion of this very thing!  – Richard Schletty, TCS editor

    Three Must-Read Articles About Praise And Worship Music

    http://www.nickalexander.com/2015/06/02/ccm_pandw/

    "There are three fascinating, contradictory articles about contemporary worship that I ran across this past week. What’s interesting about these articles is that they conflict and complement each other, in interesting ways. The authors of these articles have very different conclusions as to the state of Christian Music today, and the effectiveness of both..."

    Go to Nick's blog to see his commentary on these three articles:

    10 Traits of Top CCLI Songs
    http://worshipfuel.com/10-traits-of-top-ccli-songs-3/

    Why They Don’t Sing on Sunday Anymore
    http://holysoup.com/2014/05/21/why-they-dont-sing-on-sunday-anymore/

    Who Killed the Contemporary Christian Music Industry?
    http://theweek.com/articles/555603/who-killed-contemporary-christian-mus...

    In a follow-up email directly to me, Nick wrote:

    "You may be inspiring me to create my first ever online course.  How to wade through these waters.  How to do 'New Evangelization Worship.' "

    Stay tuned! 

    Please make comments below after you have read the three articles. Is your parish doing any Contemporary Catholic Worship and Praise music? Share your experiences, whether positive or negative. Are you thinking about introducing this genre of music? Read Full Story >>>

    Nick Alexander's Favorite Corpus Christi Songs

        

    Nick Alexander here...

    The Feast of Corpus Christi is taking place this coming Sunday, a week after Trinity Sunday. Since I am very much devoted to the Eucharist, I thought it fitting to share my favorite songs that incorporate the imagery of Jesus being present in the Eucharist, body, blood, soul and divinity.

    Special thanks go to John Michael Talbot, who graces this list, including a memorable duet with Michael Card. Also included: Critical Mass, whose "Body and Blood" is one of my favorites. As goes for Bob Rice, whose I Shall Be Healed should be learned by every liturgical musician. Catholic standouts include Paul Harrigan, Matt Maher, Lynn Geyer, Bryan Murdaugh, and Gretchen Harris. There's even some great songs from Third Day, Kutless, Janet Paschal, the City on a Hill gang, and the late, great Rich Mullins

    Traditional hymns on the solemnity of Corpus Christi include At the Lamb's High Feast We Sing, Soul of My Savior and Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence.

    What are your favorite Corpus Christi/Body and Blood songs?

    Edit by Richard Schletty:

    These "Body of Christ" songs are not at iTunes but can be viewed at SoundCloud or CCLI Song Select:

    One Love - Ed Becker
    http://soundcloud.com/ed-becker-music-ministry/one-love

    Abide in Me - Paul Hilts
    http://us.songselect.com/songs/4196613/abide-in-me

    Be Transformed - Greg Mailloux
    http://us.songselect.com/songs/4078102/be-transformed

    Everything is Ready - Greg Mailloux
    http://us.songselect.com/songs/4472289/everything-is-ready

    Come to the Banquet - Greg Mailloux
    http://us.songselect.com/songs/4079046/come-to-the-banquet

    Bread of Life - Christ Kids Worship
    http://www.christmusickids.com/?section=music-32

    Broken For Me - Colin & Janet Lunt
    http://us.songselect.com/songs/39025/broken-for-me

    Take Your Place At Table - Deby Dearman/Kirk Dearman/Nancy Gordon
    http://us.songselect.com/songs/2489092/take-your-place-at-table Read Full Story >>>

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