Top Catholic Songs is all about discovery. Our collaborative, supportive group of Catholic musicians and songwriters showcase present songs that reflect many different aspects of the Catholic Christian religion. Themes include faith formation, liturgy, praise, devotion, family life, social justice, inspiration, meditation and simple joys. Perhaps you are looking for a song – something you knew as a child or a current song on the waves of which you only heard a snippet. If so, ask here! We also discuss Catholic songwriting – from lyrics and instrumentation to recording, production, marketing and promotion. We encourage you to register and participate by posting comments. We'd love to get to know you and hear about your favorite music.

The Assumption of Mary

Nick Alexander here...

This is a lovely hymn in honor of today's solemnity:

Who is She Ascends So High 75.75

Who is she ascends so high
Next the heavenly King
Round about whom angels fly
And her praises sing?

Who is she adorned with light
Makes the sun her robe
At whose feet the queen of night
Lays her changing globe?

This is she in whose pure wombe
Heaven's Prince remained;
Therefore in no earthly tomb
Can she be contained

Heaven she was, which held that fire
Whence the world took light
And to heaven doth now aspire
Flames with flames t'unite.

She that did so clearly shine
When our day begun,
See how bright her beams decline:
Now she sits with the Son.
-Sir John Beaumont, 1583-1627

Also, be sure to check out the Top Mary Songs List.

Ten Artists From the Top Tens

Nick Alexander here...
It's fun to look back at all the competitions we have had throughout the last year. In doing so, we want to profile some artists that you may have noticed throughout these lists.

  1. Lynn Geyer
    Seven-Time Top Ten Artist, including Top Ten Songs for Lent, Easter, and Advent. Check out her album "Christmas All Year Through"
  2. Paul Harrigan
    Paul's Song "Medjugorje" earned him #4 on the Top Ten Songs for Mary. Check out his album "Thank You2."
  3. Gretchen Harris
    Five-time Top Ten artist, including: Top Ten Songs of 2007, and Songs for Weddings. Check out her Album "Sing of Mary".
  4. Fr. Kent O'Connor
    "Little Way (St. Therese of Lisieux)" was #8 on the Top Ten Songs for Children. Check out his album "Saints."
  5. Mel Kennedy
    Four-Time Top Ten artist, including Top Ten Songs for Weddings, Easter, and the Holy Spirit. Check out her Album "Beinaventrados."
  6. Bryan Murdaugh
    You can find Bryan on our Top Ten Up and Coming Catholic Recording Artists. Check out his Album "With Everything I Know..."
  7. Last Day
    This Catholic band landed #3 on the Top Ten Songs for Lent with their song "A Simple Cry." Check out the album "We're here."
  8. Bob Metivier
    Bob's song "Father (the Passion)" was #8 on the Top Ten Songs for Holy Week. Check out his album "The Lord Takes Broken Pieces."
  9. George Lower

    Three-time Top Ten artist, two for the Top Ten Songs for Lent, and one for the Holy Spirit. Check out his album "Of Saints and Angels."
  10. Annie Karto
    Three-time Top Ten artist, including Top Ten Songs for Mary, Holy Spirit, and Up & Coming Catholic Artists. Check out her Album "Perfect Sacrifice."

Be sure to check out more of these lists at our Top Tens page.

Top Ten Wedding Songs

Nick Alexander here...
We have here a new, wonderful list. These are all great songs that highlight the Sacrament of Matrimony. These work either as songs for the marriage ceremony, or songs in preparation thereof. Load up your playlist with these songs, as you drive from the church to the reception hall...

  1. In the Name of the Father by Jim Cosgrove
    The song tells of the love, wonder, and hopes of a bride and groom within the love of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
  2. At the End of the Day by Sean Clive
    In today’s world, stories of enduring love are few and far between. One of the greatest days of my life was the day that I began this sacrament of marriage with my Jenny, this outward expression of God’s love. I pray for all married couples, old, young and all of us in the middle -- that God will continue to strength and encourage us with a love that endures. I pray for the yet to be married -- that they will seek God in their life, hand in hand.
  3. (Loving You is) A Prayer by Nick Cardilino
    I wrote this song for my wife on our wedding anniversary a number of years ago, and several couples have used it in their wedding liturgies, and several marriage encounter groups have used it because it describes well what marriage is designed by God to be.
  4. Arms of Love by Mark Mallett
    Written to accompany the Catholic novel of the same name by author Carmen Marcoux, ARMS OF LOVE is a beautiful love song/duet by Mark and Lea Mallett.
  5. Your Presence is Real by Nick Cardilino
    This song about the Catholic notion of Sacramentality focuses on the Real Presence of Christ in Matrimony in verse 2 and chorus 2.
  6. Ave Maria by Gretchen Harris
    I've been singing this forever, as has everyone else I'm sure, but it sure is a beautiful song...
  7. Bridge to Heaven, A by Dan Duét
    We can build a bridge to Heaven, with the love between you and I / Like the stars that shine forever, is the love between you and I
  8. Love That Someone Right by Nick Alexander
    This is a parody of the popular song "Summer Nights" from Grease, which encourages saving oneself until marriage. It is a duet with Teresa Smith, and produced by David Smith, and has guest vocals from a few others. Key line: "Once complete in matrimony, newfound love leads to newborn life..."
  9. Covenant Hymn by Mel Kennedy
    This beautiful song written by Gary Daigle and Rory Cooney not only speaks of covenant, but also commitment and the faithfulness of God. I use this a lot at weddings (and actually, funerals, too.) My version of this piece keeps the simple hymn structure but adds a contemporary vibe.
  10. When Smiles Fill My Eyes by Valerie Von Fange
    When Smiles Fill My Eyes was written by my husband, Tom, as a Valentine's poem. It then was inserted in our wedding program and subsequently turned into a song once I added the music. It is now a top seller on the Steadfast Love CD.
    This moving guitar serenade showcases beautiful accordian and violin fillers and solos. The words define love between two people as one movement through life.

Top Up And Coming Catholic Artists

Recently, the TopCatholicSongs community voted on the top Catholic artists who are rising in the ranks of note, lately. I have created a playlist that has two songs from each of their albums.
But perhaps you would like to check out the full countdown here...

World Youth Day Videos

Nick Alexander here...

Were you there? Did you catch any of it? Have you read the texts of Pope Benedict XVI's messages?

Here's some incredible footage I've discovered on YouTube. Enjoy.

Stations of the Cross

Refiner's Fire / I Love You Lord

Your Grace is Enough

Prayer

Street Warriors (Hip Hop)

World Youth Day - Artists Links

Nick Alexander here...
A great place to see a ton of Catholic music is at Catholic Audio Blogspot.com.. There are many, many links to Catholic videos from MyCatholicVoice.
Check it out!

Year of Saint Paul - Artist's Favorite Romans Passages

Nick Alexander here...

Do you have a favorite passage in Romans?

This was the question we raised within the TopCatholicSongs Artist community. We wanted to celebrate the Year of St. Paul by highlighting verses that spoke to us as artists, and as Catholic Christians.


Mel Kennedy shared that her favorite verse in Romans is Romans 5:1-5:

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom we have gained access by faith to this
grace in which we stand, and we boast in hope of the
glory of God. Not only that, but we even boast of our
afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance,
and endurance, proven character, and prove character,
hope, and hope does not disappoint, because the love of
God has been poured out into our hearts through the holy
Spirit that has been given to us.

She follows up with this encouragement: We not only have God's favor and blessing during good times but also during our trials. That's an amazing grace!


Lawrence and DianeMarie Leach of In God's Image share two favorite verses:

Romans 10:14-15
How, then, can they call on the one they have not
believed in? And how can they believe in the one of
whom they have not heard? And how can they hear
without someone preaching to them? And how can they
preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How
beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"

Romans 15:9-11
Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles;
I will sing hymns to your name." Again, it says,
"Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people." And again,
"Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles,
and sing praises to him, all you peoples.


The members of Last Day share their collective favorite Romans passage is Romans 8:28:

We know that God makes all things work together
for the good of those who love God and are called
according to his decree.

They write: Famous line of scripture, often quoted and for good reason. Encouragement for any of us going through hard times to know that 'all things work together for the GOOD of those who love God'.


Finally, my own favorite verse in Romans is Romans 12:1-2

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's
mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices,
holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual
act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the
pattern of this world, but be transformed by the
renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test
and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing
and perfect will.

I love this passage, because it encourages me to live out my best for the Lord.

Do you have a favorite passage in Romans? Please share in the comments boxes.

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