Top Ten Holy Week Songs

Nick Alexander here...

Holy Week is fast approaching. Therefore, now is the time to reveal this community's Top Ten Holy Week Songs. After a lengthy process of entering song titles, listening, voting and tallying, these songs were the ones that affected us most, particularly for Holy Week, encompassing Palm Sunday (or Passion Sunday), Holy Thursday (or Maundy Thursday), Good Friday, and Holy Saturday... up to (but not including) the Easter Vigil.

  1. Calvary by Sean Clive
    Jesus calls us to embrace our own cross as He hangs upon His.
  2. And Time Stood Still by Dan Dúet
    With this Good Friday song, I wanted to tie in the killing of an innocent Man with the killing of the innocent, unborn today.
  3. Holy Thursday by Nick Alexander
    Funny--but reverent--update on The Mamas and the Papas'"Monday Monday"in homage of the Triduum.
  4. Lamb of God by Trish Foti Genco
    Beautiful cover of the classic Twila Paris song.
  5. Forsaken by John Flynn
    Haunting rendering of Psalm 22, written for Palm (Passion) Sunday
  6. Psalm 42 (As the Deer Longs) by Lynn Geyer
    A sweet and gentle reminder of all that God is to us and how we really don't need to worry.
  7. Eyes by Nancy Krebs
    This song is about the Passion and Death of Jesus as seen through the eyes of the wife of a Roman soldier. It is very dear to my heart.
  8. Father (The Passion) by Bob Metivier

    I wrote it for the Good Friday service several years ago, and got through it until just when it ended, and then it literally"took me out."
  9. Oh My People by Apostolica

    The words are based on the classical"Good Friday Reproaches." Of all my songs, this one evokes the most emotion.
  10. Via Dolorosa by Mel Kennedy
    Watching Heather Whitestone, the first and only deaf Miss America, perform a ballet to this song, gave me inspiration to record my own version.

Feel free to listen in to each of these songs, and make them your own. These iMixes are set up easily so that you can download them to your computer, and listen to them on your MP3 player... or you can burn them onto a CD and listen to them there. Or, you can purchase the albums directly from the vendors. It will bring a greater sense of devotion to this, most sacred and solemn of weeks.


Traditional Holy Week hymns

Traditional Holy Week hymns – which ones are your favorite?

On 2/20/2014 Nick Alexander wrote to members of three Catholic songwriter groups:

Holy Week Hymns Survey

Please take a moment of time and share with me those hymns that you recognize and enjoy most for this most sacred of seasons. I hope to create a musical offering that includes the best of these treasured songs.

Abroad The Regal Banners Fly
Ah Wounded Head Must Thou Endure
Ah, Holy Jesus How, Hast Thou Offended
Alas! And Did My Saviour Bleed!
All Glory, Laud, And Honor
All Ye That Pass By
Alone Thou Goest Forth, O Lord
And Now The Sun's Declining Rays
And Why, Dear Saviour, Tell Me Why
Angels Of Peace, Look Down From Heaven And Mourn
Are Thy Toils And Woes Increasing
Ashamed Of Thee! O Dearest Lord
At The Cross Her Station Keeping
Because He Loved His Own
Behold The Lamb Of God!
Beneath The Cross Of Jesus
Beneath Thy Cross I Lay Me Down
Blessed Lamb On Calvary's Mountain
Blessed Saviour, Thee I Love
Bound Upon The Accursed Tree
Bow Down, My Soul, For He Hath Bowed His Head
Brightest And Best Of The Sons Of The Morning
By The Blood That Flowed From Thee
By The Cross, The Mother-Maiden
Christ, The Life Of All The Living
Christe, Du Lamm Gottes
Christians Who Of Jesus' Sorrows
Come To Calvary's Holy Mountain
Come, All Ye Chosen Saints Of God
Come, Let Us Sing Of Jesus
Come, Let Us Sit And Weep
Crux Ave Benedicta
Drop, Drop, Slow Tears
Father, Forgive Them; For Thy Know Not Want They Do
Father, I Stretch My Hands To Thee
For Our Transgressions Thou Wast Wounded
Full Of Trembling Expectation
Gethesemane, Thou Dolesome Place
Gloria Laus Et Honor
Glory Be To Jesus
Go Forth In Spirit, Go
Go To Dark Gethsemane
Greatest High Priest, Saviour Christ
Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
Hail Thou Head So Bruised And Torn
Hail, Thou Once-Despised Jesus
Hark! The Voice Of Love And Mercy
Have Mercy, Lord, On Me
He Dies! The Friend Of Sinners, Dies!
He Took My Place On Calvary
He Who Once, In Righteous Vengeance
Heal Me, O My Saviour, Heal
His Are The Thousand Sparkling Rills
Holy Ghost, Dispel Our Sadness
Hosanna Filio David
Hosanna To The Living Lord!
Hosanna We Sing, Like The Children Dear
How Oft, Alas! This Wretched Heart
How Shall I Follow Him I Serve?
I Could Not Do Without Thee
I Hunger And I Thirst
I See My Jesus Crucified
I Sought The Lord, And Afterward I Knew
In His Own Raiment Clad
In The Cross Of Christ I Glory
In The Hour Of Trial
In The Lord's Atoning Grief
It Is Finished! Christ Hath Known
Jesu Still Lead On
Jesus Drinks The Bitter Cup
Jesus Hath Died That I Might Live
Jesus! Exalted Far On High
Jesus, As Though Thyself Wert Here
Jesus, In Thy Dying Woes
Jesus, Meek And Lowly
Jesus, Merciful And Mild
Jesus, Name All Names Above
Jesus, Refuge Of The Weary
Jesus, Saviour, Son Of God
Jesus, Tender Savior, Hast Thou Died For Me?
Lamb Of God, For Sinners Slain
Lamb Of God, Whose Dying Love
Let Thy Blood In Mercy Poured
Lift Your Heads, Ye Friends Of Jesus
Lord In This Thy Mercy's Day
Lord Jesus! When We Stand Afar
Lord Jesus, By Thy Passion
Lord Jesus, When We Stand Afar
Lord, As To Thy Dear Cross We Flee
Lord, I Hear Of Showers Of Blessing
Lord, Thy Death And Passion Give
Lowly And Solemn Be
Man Of Sorrows, Wrapt In Grief
Mi Popule, Quid Merui?
More Love To Thee, O Christ!
My Dear Redeemer, And My Lord
My God, Permit Me Not To Be
My Jesus Say What Wretch Has Dared
My Lord, My Master, At Thy Feet Adoring
My Saviour Hanging On The Tree
Nature With Open Volume Stands
Near The Cross Her Vigil Keeping
Nearer, My God, To Thee
Not All The Blood Of Beasts
Now From The Garden To The Cross
Now Let Our Mournful Songs Record
Now Let Our Pains Be All Forgot
Now Let Us Join With Hearts And Tongues
Now, My Soul, Thy Voice Upraising
O Christ, Our King, Creator, Lord
O Come And Mourn With Me Awhile
O Cross Of Christ, O Noblest Tree
O Jesu! Lord Most Merciful
O Jesu, We Adore Thee
O Jesus! Lord Most Merciful
O Jesus, Crucified For Man
O Jesus, Thou Art Standing
O Jesus, Who Seized And Bound Thee?
O Lamb Of God, Our Savior
O Lord, Turn Not Thy Face From Me
O Love Divine, What Hast Thou Done?
O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High
O Mean May Seem This House Of Clay
O Mother Most Afflicted
O My People, O Mine Own!
O Mystery Of Love Divine
O Perfect Life Of Love!
O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
O Saviour, Where Shall Guilty Man
O Sinner Lift The Eye Of Faith
O The Bitter Shame And Sorrow
O Thou From Whom All Goodness Flows
O Thou That Hear'st When Sinners Cry
O Thou The Contrite Sinners' Friend
O Thou The Eternal Son Of God
O Thou Who Hast Our Sorrows Borne
O Thou Who Through This Holy Week
O World Behold Upon The Tree
O'erwhelmed In Depths Of Woe
Of The Glorious Body Telling
Oh, Help Us, Lord; Each Hour Of Need
One View, Lord Jesus, Of Thy Passion
Onward, Christian! Thou' The Region
Our Sins On Christ Were Laid
Pain And Toil Are Over Now
Pange Lingua
Praise To The Holiest In The Height
Prince Of Peace Control My Will
Recordare Virgo Mater Dei
Resting From His Work Today
Ride On, Ride On In Majesty
Savior When In Dust To Thee
Say My Own Dear People
See The Destined Day Arise
See Where In Shame The God Of Glory Hangs
Sing With Awe In Strains Melodious
Sing, My Tongue, The Saviour's Battle
Sinners! Turn, Why Will Ye Die?
Slain For My Soul
Son Of Man, To Thee I Cry
Stabat Mater
Suffering Son Of Man, Be Near Me
Sunset To Sunrise Changes Now
Sweet The Moments, Rich In Blessing
The Grave Itself A Garden Is
The Old Rugged Cross
The Radiant Morn Hath Passed Away
The Royal Banners Forward Go
The Spirit In Our Hearts
The Sun Is Sinking Fast
The Way Of The Cross Leads Home
There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood
There Is A Green Hill Far Away
Thou, Lord, By Strictest Search Hast Known
Thro' Him, Who All Our Sickness Felt
Throned Upon The Awful Tree
Thy Chastening Wrath, O Lord, Restrain
Thy Life Was Given For Me
'Tis Finished; So The Savior Cried
'Tis For Conquering Kings To Gain
Tis Midnight; And On Olive's Brow
Today The Saviour Calls: Ye Wand'rers, Come
Today Thy Mercy Calls Us
Turned By Thy Grace, I Look Within
Ubi Caritas
Vexilla Regis Prodeunt
Virgin Of All Virgins Blest
We Sing The Praise Of Him Who Died
Weary Of Self, And Laden With My Sin
Were You There When They Crucified My Lord
What A Sea Of Tears And Sorrows
What Are Those Soul-Reviving Strains
What Equal Honours Shall We Bring
What Wondrous Love Is This
When At Thy Footstool, Lord, I Bend
When I Survey The Wondrous Cross
When Morning Gilds The Skies
When My Love To Christ Grows Weak
When Our Heads Are Bowed With Woe
When Sorrow And Remorse
When Wounded Sore The Stricken Soul
When, His Salvation Bringing
Who Is This That Comes From Edom
Wide Open Are Thy Hands
Yonder--Amazing Sight!--I See

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