Nick Alexander here...
November 1st heralds the Feast of All Saints, according to the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar. It is a tremendous day where we all celebrate and honor the lives who have went before us, who had finished the race, and who are currently before the Great Throne of Heaven, praising God interceding for us. It is our opportunity to learn from them, learn their stories, discover new devotions, meditate upon their writings, and be inspired by their example.
The song list here encompasses every single musical style: from classical, to hymns, to contemporary... there's even a great a cappella blues song in there.
Three Songs from this long list are well worth highlighting.
Litany of Saints as performed by Veronica Morrissey. No song selection is complete without a Litany of the Saints, where we ask individual Saints, by name, to pray for us (Rev 5:8). This particular version is one that she finds to be most prayerful. This rendition is off the album, Veronica Morrissey, Songs of Prayer.
The Grace Within as performed by Valerie Von Fange. Valerie writes:
This song is a tribute to the life of St. Augustine. Some of the lyrics are St. Augustine’s own thoughts from his book The Confessions of St. Augustine. The underlying groundwork for St. Augustine’s change of heart was his mother’s (St. Monica’s) perseverant prayers. Because he was a truth-seeker, he eventually found his answers in the Biblical writings of St. Paul and sermons of St. Ambrose. St. Augustine’s conversion story portrays sin just as it is- dirty, heavy, tainted with constant regrets, in a nutshell- painful! He is proof that a diehard sinner can become a saint by responding to God’s grace. That is why the Church has named him “Doctor of Grace”. This rendition is off the album, Steadfast Love.
Get Canonized a Saint as performed by Nick Alexander. This is a parody song of Lenny Kravitz's "Fly Away." I wrote the lyrics to demonstrate that Sainthood is not something called for a select few, but is something to which we all are called to. No matter your state in life, what you have accomplished in the past, what mistakes you have made, we are all given the task to finish the race before us.(Phil 3:13-14). This rendition is off the album, Eternal Life: The Party Album.
Now here's the full list:
- Litany of Saints by Veronica Morrissey
- The Grace Within by Valerie Von Fange
- Get Canonized a Saint by Nick Alexander
- Messiah: 36. Air: "How Beautiful Are the Feet" by London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra & Sir Colin Davis
- Come Follow Me by Donna Lee
- Sing With All the Saints In Glory by WLP Choir
- When the Saints by Sara Groves
- The End and the Beginning by Matt Maher
- Motet: O Quam Gloriosum by David Hill & Westminster Cathedral Choir
- O What Their Joy and Their Glory Must Be by Saint Clement's Choir & Peter Richard Conte
- Litany of the Saints / Litany of Remembrance by M.D. Ridge
- Beati Quorum Via by Méav Ní Mhaolchatha
- Exsultate Iusti In Domino by Los Angeles Chamber Singers' Cappella & Peter Rutenberg
- Elijah, Op. 70, No. 32: He That Shall Endure to the End by Gwyneth Jones, Janet Baker, Nicolai Gedda, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau & Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos
- How Blest Are They (words from Psalm 128) by Choristers of St Paul's Cathedral
- Mass of Saint Étienne - Offertoire: Iustorum Animæ (Mode I) by Benedictine Nuns of Saint-Michel de Kergonan
- Os Justi by Choir of St. Bride's Church & Robert Jones
- Three Motets: Sicut Cervus Desiderat by James O'Donnell & Westminster Cathedral Choir
- Allélulia Venite Ad Me, Allélulia Grégorien by Choeur des Moniales de l'Abbaye Sainte Scholastique de Dourgne
- Allegro maestoso by Canadian Brass
- Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, SWV 327 (To God alone the song we raise) by Academy of Ancient Music & Paul Goodwin
- Jesu, meiner Seele Wonne BWV 359/Jesu, meiner Freuden Freude BWV 360/Werde munter mein Gemüte BWV 1118 by Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart & Helmuth Rilling
- Choral 'Valet will ich dir geben' choralis in pedale BWV 736 by Oliver Vernet
- Blest Are the Pure In Heart by Malcolm Archer, Rupert Gough & Wells Cathedral Choir
- By All Your Saints Still Striving by Choir of First Church Los Angeles
- Give Me the Wings of Faith by St. Michael's Singers & Isaac Watts
- Blessed Are the Poor In Spirit by Studio for New Music & Igor Dronov
- Witness Cloud by Glenn Kaiser & Darrell Mansfield
- A Cloud of Witnesses by Mark Schultz
- Great Cloud of Witnesses by Carolyn Arends
- Prayers of the Saints by James Covell
- Tears of the Saints by Leeland
- Go In Peace by Sarah Hart
- On the Third Day by Bethany Dillon & Matt Hammitt
- Unseen Warriors by Michael Card
- When It's All Been Said and Done by Martin Doman
- O Church Arise by Tim Hughes
- Circle Up by Chris Rice
- The Throne by Michael W. Smith
- All The Saints Join In by Tommy Walker
- For All the Saints by WLP Choir
- Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones by New England Christmastide Musicians
- How Firm a Foundation by Fernando Ortega
- Foundation (How Firm a Foundation) by Bobby Fisher
- Faith of Our Fathers by Phil Driscoll
- O God, Our Help in Ages Past (Op.137) by Choir Of King's College, Cambridge, Richard Farnes & Stephen Cleobury
- Praise the Lord! Ye Heavens Adore Him! by Choirs Of The Cathedral Of St. Philip, Atlanta/Craig Cansler, Conductor/David Fishburn, Organist
- Join All the Glorious Names by Joanne Hogg, Kristyn Getty & Margaret Becker
- Jordan: "There is a Land of pure Delight" by Paul Hillier & His Majestie's Clerkes
- Evangelize by Nick Alexander
Check out these incredible songs.