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Divine Mercy Songs

The Second Sunday of Easter is now known as Divine Mercy Sunday, a devotion popularized by Saint Faustina. Here is a list of great songs that can bless your Divine Mercy Sunday. Original post by Nick Alexander. Edited by Richard Schletty. Divine Mercy Flood My Soul by Annie Karto Faustina's Song by Mark Mallet Jesus, We Trust In You by Critical Mass I Will Carry You by Sean Clive Lamb of God by Greg Walton Jesus, I Trust In You by Angelina Act of Contrition by Fr. David Hemann Careless Blunder by Nick Alexander Heal Us, Lord by Nancy Krebs Calling Us Home by David A. Vogel With The Lord There Is Mercy by News at Eleven Anyone Who Comes To Me by Jaymie Wolfe Stuart Love Wins All by Matthew Baute Thank You, Jesus by Bob Filoramo Jesus, I Trust In You by Donna Lee (original and acoustic versions) Now You Come To Me by Kitty Cleveland

Workout Playlist From Dr Kevin Vost ("Fit For Eternal Life")

A guest post from Dr. Kevin Vost, author of Fit For Eternal Life: A Christian Approach for Working Out, Eating, Right, and Building the Virtues of Fitness in Your Soul. (Sophia, 2007).

I was asked for an “ideal workout play list” so voila, here’s mine:

  1. Irish Blessing by The Priests from the album The Priests
  2. Benedictus by The Priests from the album The Priests
  3. Salad Bowl by Nick Alexander from the album I Wanna Be Debated
  4. Nicene Creed by Nick Alexander from the album I Wanna Be Debated
  5. Pie Jesu by The Priests from the album The Priests
  6. Hip to Be Square by Huey Lewis & The News from the album Greatest Hits: Huey Lewis & The News
  7. Cry of the Celts by Ronan Hardiman from the album Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance
  8. Ave Maria by Kitty Cleveland from the album Sacred Arias
  9. I Surrender by Sharmane from the album I Surrender Single
  10. Mass No.1 in D Minor for Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra: 1. Kyrie by Bernarda Fink, Christoph Prégardien, John Eliot Gardiner, Luba Orgonasova, Monteverdi Choir & Wiener Philharmoniker from the album Bruckner: Mass No. 1 in D Minor & Motets
This list should be good for at least two cardio or strength workouts. The Priests mellow tunes will gently warm you up and then boom, here come Nick’s fast-paced pieces (and Salad Bowl will help you eat right when you’re done). Let the heart rate settle down a bit with the reverent Pie Jesu, and then pump it up again with Hip to be Square. (Sure this one’s secular, but it has a good beat and Huey sings about getting in shape, to boot.) Speaking of boots (or at least dancing shoes), The Cry of the Celts from Lord of the Dance is a high-energy tune for the highest intensity portion of your aerobic session (or strength training set.) Proceed to cool down with Kitty Cleveland’s beautiful Ave Maria, until you are ready to surrender with Sharmane Adams’s I Surrender. Anton Bruckner was a devout Catholic composer of the 19th century and his Mass #1 is hauntingly beautiful and over a half hour long. Listen to it some day when you’re out taking a long walk. May God bless you as you psyche up your minds, pump up your muscles, lift up your hearts (and give your ears a good workout in the process). Kevin Vost, Psy.D. READ MORE •••

Nick Alexander on The King's Men

Nick Alexander here... The King's Men is a great ministry serving the needs of Catholic men. I will be interviewed on their radio show this coming Friday. To support their ministry, I have compiled my personal favorite Catholic songs that call me, as a man, to follow God more ardently as a father, a husband, and a disciple. May these songs also bless you.
  1. Despite by Greg Walton from the album I Won't Back Down
  2. Change Me by Tom Booth from the album Change Me
  3. Just Like You by Matt Maher from the album The End and the Beginning
  4. In You by Paul Harrigan from the album Thank You 2
  5. Press On by Bob Filoramo from the album My Beacon of Hope
  6. Acclamation by Mike Harrison & Greg Walton from the album Spirit of Fire
  7. Stand On the Rooftop by Chris Muglia from the album Innocence
  8. No More Fear by Aaron Thompson from the album Mystical Radical God
  9. Have No Anxiety by Ed Bolduc from the album Word for Word
  10. This Time of Forty Days by Nick Alexander from the album I Wanna Be Debated

ETA: The episode was a success. The archive for the interview is available on Holy Spirit Radio's Archive Page.

Nick Alexander's Top Ten Pro Life Songs

Nick Alexander here... Every year at this time, special focus is given for January 22, for the national March For Life. This year, the need for support is especially vital, since we are on the cusp of a new historical administration, one which promises a quick passing of the Freedom of Choice Act. To align myself in solidarity with the Pro-Life movement, I have picked ten songs that I consider to contain very powerful sentiments towards the reality of the sanctity of life, in all forms. Please pass these songs along. Thanks!
  1. Precious Unborn Child by Margo B. Smith from the album Sending Up a Prayer
  2. Whispers from Heaven by Donna Lee from the album Whispers from Heaven
  3. Malediction by Atomic Opera from the album Gospel Cola
  4. Rock a Bye Bye by Extreme from the album Extreme
  5. Fearfully and Wonderfully Made by Matt Redman from the album Beautiful News
  6. It's Not the Time by Kendall Payne from the album Jordan's Sister
  7. My Sweet Child by Sally Bolderson from the album Humble Beginnings
  8. All My Life by Noel Paul Stookey from the album In Love Beyond Our Lives
  9. What Was I Supposed to Be? by Acappella from the album Better Than Life
  10. Gianna Molla (Mother's Song) by Fr. Kent O'Connor from the album Saints

Special Thanksgiving Playlist

Nick Alexander here... Thanksgiving is upon us. Thanksgiving is that rare national holiday where the entire country slows down, celebrates with family, and gives thanks to God, for His provision and kindness. The following is a playlist of the best Thanksgiving songs from Catholic and contemporary Christian artists. Enjoy, and give thanks today.
  1. Hallelujah, My Father by Annie Karto from the album Perfect Sacrifice
  2. Thanksgiving Prayer by Bobby Fisher from the album If We Dare to Hope
  3. Thanks by Ceili Rain from the album Erasers On Pencils
  4. Thank You Lord by Denis Grady from the album Running Too Long
  5. Songs of Thankfulness and Praise by The Festival Choir and Hosanna Chorus from the album 100 Church Classics
  6. With All Our Hearts by Jesse Manibusan from the album Love Never Fails
  7. Father, We Thank Thee by John Angotti from the album Testify
  8. Thanks and Praise by John Angotti & Meredith Dean Joesph from the album Strong In Faith: Contemporary Songs of Faith
  9. Give Thanks to the Lord by John Flynn from the album Cry Out
  10. Jesus Christ, I Think Upon Your Sacrifice (Once Again) by The Kings Chamber Orchestra from the album String Heaven
  11. Thank You, Lord by Margo B. Smith from the album Because You Love Me
  12. Lead Me Home by Matt Maher from the album Welcome to Life
  13. Thank You for the Blood by Matt Redman from the album The Father's Song
  14. Unconditional Love by Nancy Krebs from the album The Journey
  15. Now Thank We All Our God by National Philharmonic Orchestra of London & The London Philharmonic Choir from the album Hymns Triumphant, Volumes 1 & 2
  16. Holy God We Praise Your Great Name by Nick Alexander from the album I Wanna Be Debated
  17. What Can I Do by Paul Baloche from the album A Greater Song
  18. We Plow the Fields by Ralph Carmichael from the album Ahh Capella Hymns
  19. Jesus, Thank You by Sovereign Grace Music from the album Worship God Live
  20. Thank You for Loving Me by Tommy Walker from the album Make It Glorious

Nick Alexander's Top Ten "Formed By Living Water" Songs

Nick Alexander here... This is a list of my favorite songs that fit the theme "Formed by Living Water." This is the theme for NCCYM 2008 (National Conference for Catholic Youth Ministry), to be held in Cleveland, OH on Dec 4-7, 2008. These songs are great songs for me to listen to while traveling to this conference. I, and some of the artists represented here (Bryan Murdaugh, George Lower, and Nick Cardilino, along with Paul Hilts) hope to meet you there...
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  1. How Life's Supposed to Be by Last Day off the album Happy Medium
  2. Living Water by Paul Harrigan off the album Thank You 2
  3. You Alone Can Satisfy by Ross King off the album Soulspeak
  4. Discover the Way by Nick Cardilino off the album Discover the Way
  5. You Are the Lord by Jaime Jamgochian off the album Above the Noise
  6. With Living Water by Margo B. Smith off the album Sending Up a Prayer
  7. Thirsty by Bryan Murdaugh with Total Strangers off the album With Everything I Know, It's a Long Way Home
  8. Rain Down by Delirious? off the album World Service
  9. Universal Prayer by George Lower off the album Of Saints and Angels
  10. Melt Me by Nick Alexander off the album Eternal Life - the Party Album

Christmas Albums 2008

Nick Alexander here... Christmas and Advent 2008 is upon us. This is a tremendous opportunity to wait in expectant hope for the coming of our Risen Savior, but also a time to reflect upon His first coming as a precious infant. These albums provide the best in both contemporary and traditional carols, both servicing Advent and Christmas. I invite you to check them out at your leisure, and introduce them to your family. Peace!
  1. Christmas Joy by Gretchen Harris
    This Christmas album has a mix of classics and contemporaries, and an original, "Promised Messiah." (Try out: Joy to the World)
  2. Bethlehem Morn by Chuck Stevens
    This project contains 9 original songs and 4 traditional Christmas songs. These songs range from reflective, meditative, folk, and contemporary; the title track, "Joseph (Bethlehem Morn) was included in the Spiritwing Records "Catholic Christmas" compilation in 2007. All of the original pieces, and the traditionals came about as a result of prayer and reading the Gospels of St. Matthew and St. Luke, the book of the prophet Isaiah, and several are from the possible viewpoint of several of the participants in the Gospel infancy narratives. (Ex: Once in Royal David's City)
  3. In His Presence...the Gift of Christmas by Trish Foti Genco
    Beautifully orchestrated Christmas Classics. Including contemporary, arias, and New Orleans Jazz. (Ex: What Child Is This)

Triumph of the Holy Cross

Nick Alexander here... On the weekend of September 14 the Church celebrates the Feast Day of the Triumph of the Holy Cross. In celebration, we have hand picked ten songs best suited for the occasion. These songs range from modern hymn classics to contemporary praise songs. Artists as varied as Matt Redman, Sean Clive, Hillsongs, Gerard Faucheux, Jeremy Riddle, Apostolica, and The Good Shepherd Singers are all represented. Happy Feast Day!
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