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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 Full Story >>>

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...
Booth #429
sponsored by the Catholic Association of Music.

  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

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!

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 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...

Top Ten Children's Songs

Nick Alexander here...

Once again, the Top Catholic Songs Community had banded together to nominate, vote and rank the Top Ten Children's Songs. We had a great time listening to these submissions, and we hope you enjoy the music here as well!

1. Standin' on the Rock by Mike Harrison featuring Greg Walton
Old-time rock and roll exhorting kids to stand firm in their Catholic faith, unified with the Pope and Christ's Church.

2. R.C.I.A. by Nick Alexander
This song shows Catholic children how special their faith is, that people would go to great lengths to enter their church. And, they love the funny hand motions!

3. Tantum Ergo / Adoration by Christ Music Kids
An accessible introduction to St. Thomas Aquinas' Hymn for benediction, with a stirring refrain in English.

4. Your Grace Is Enough by Christ Music Kids
"Remember Your people, remember Your children, remember Your promise, O God!"

5. Saint Michael by Mike Harrison featuring Sal Solo

An energy-filled rendition of the St. Michael prayer that will launch your kids into spiritual battle!

6. I Can Hear the Angels Singing by Celeste Zepponi

"A multitude of holy angels, I can hear them, can you hear? Singing to God eternally!"

7. Bread of Life by Christ Music Kids

It takes a child-like faith to look at the Eucharist and say, "Jesus, You are the Bread of Life."

8. Little Way (St. Therese of Lisieux) by Fr. Kent O'Connor

St. Therese is a favorite saint for many people, including myself. Her "Little Way" is a child-freindly spirituality.

9. Fill Me, O God by Christ Music Kids

"Pour out Your Holy love and reach me O God; Let my heart be Yours."

10. So I Ask by Sean Clive

A song that helps your child say, "God, please help me today... all day... I'm going to need it."

Let these songs minister to you and your WHOLE FAMILY!

Guest List: Nicholas Cole's Favorite Songs

  1. Boom Bip by Point 5 Covenant from Listen. Learn.
  2. Lift Up Your Eyes by Keith Roberts from This Time Around
  3. Jesus Loves Me from Little Lamb Lullabies
  4. Are You Amazed? by Bob Rice from Shining Like the Son (Best of 1996-2005)
  5. Alleluia (Raise Your Voice) by News At Eleven from Here Till the End
  6. Mary's Got My Back by Sarah Bauer from Lead Me Home
  7. hope4thenew by manuel3 from Catholic Soul Revolution
  8. Transubstantiation by Nick Alexander from A Time to Laugh
  9. Communion by Gretchen Harris from Sign of Love
  10. Take Up Your Cross by Tajci Tatiana from I Thirst - the Crucifixion Story


Nicholas Cole is the former owner of Catholic Tuneage. He has selected this Top 10 list from some of his favorite Catholic albums. These songs are really a cross section of his life over the past couple of years. Four years ago when he founded Catholic Tuneage, lullabies would have never made the list, but now that he has two children they have become quite important to his music selections. But, even with the kiddos, you still cannot shake Catholic rap from the #1 spot!

Top Holy Spirit Songs

Nick Alexander here...
The votes have been tallied and counted, and according to the community of Top Catholic Songs, this is the list for the Top Holy Spirit Songs... just in time for Pentecost Sunday . Each of these songs express a particular devotion to the Holy Spirit, or a deeper yearning for His presence in our lives. We pray that you make these songs your own, as you realize that the Holy Spirit is our inheritance upon baptism and confirmation, and it is also the theme for this year's World Youth Day in Australia.

  1. Come Holy Spirit by Mark Mallett
    This song speaks of the intimate love and trust we should have in the Holy Spirit. Many speak of a personal relationship with Jesus... but how many of us seek to have a personal relationship with the third person of the Trinity?

  2. SpiritSong by Lynn Geyer
    You're fire in my heart center of my soul
    Light through the darkness
    Holy Spirit come, Holy Spirit come
    Guide me to your light, o Lord, Holy Spirit come


  3. The Dream by Stinging Rain
    I remember the first rehearsal of this song. I was on the phone in the room
    adjacent to the practice area when it was introduced and guys start playing it. Jon was laying out a sparse beat with his snares off and Nate was playing slide on his acoustic. I knew what kind of bass line I would play, a very simple one to complement the understated beat.
    Nate began singing dreamily, "Spirit, exalt yourself...." I knew at that moment that this song would become a favorite.


  4. Come Holy Spirit by Susan Bailey
    “Come Holy Spirit” uses the familiar prayer of the Church to invoke the fire of the Spirit for our hearts. It is based on reading #521 of To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons, compiled by Don Stefano Gobbi.

  5. Come Holy Spirit by Celeste Zepponi
    Come Holy Spirit
    Fill the Hearts of your faithful
    And enkindle in us the fire of your love
    Send forth your spirit
    And we shall be recreated
    And You shall renew the face of the earth
    Yes You shall renew the face of the Earth


  6. Shine Out by George Lower
    I firmly believe that the Holy Spirit has worked in my own life through this particular song. It is my prayer that the Holy Spirit continues to use this song to encourage and strenghten the faithful of his church.

  7. Glory Be by ServantSong
    I sort of have songs in my head each time I say spoken prayers like the "Hail Mary" and "Our Father" but never had one for the "Glory Be" -- so I wrote one. I wrote about the Father in the first verse, Son in the second, and Holy Spirit in the bridge. The bridge a big part of the song, as it leads to the climactic vocals & drums only chorus before the final chorus. It's usually a fan favorite when we play live -- fun to sing along to.

  8. Sanctify by Annie Karto
    Sanctify, come Holy Spirit, come Sanctify... the work of Your Hands. All that I am... all I long to be...pour your Holy Spirit upon me.
    It is Your will, it is Your desire, to burn within me as a consuming fire.... Come Sanctify, the work of Your Hands.


  9. Gift of God by Nancy Krebs
    This song was inspired by the many titles given to the Holy Spirit. This has always been a song I've loved to share with others.

  10. Renew the Face of the Earth by Mel Kennedy
    This wonderful bi-lingual song is based on Psalm 104 (the Psalm for Pentecost). It's latin flavor gets you feelin the spirit!

World Library Publications' Pentecost Music

SEND OUT YOUR SPIRIT!
Last week we heard that, following the Ascension, the disciples, Mary, and other followers of the Lord retreated to the upper room in prayer. This week we hear that, while praying in that room, the Holy Spirit comes upon them. Jesus' post-Resurrection promise, recounted in Pentecost Sunday's Gospel, is fulfilled: the power of the Holy Spirit comes upon Jesus' followers. Saint Paul tells us that all of us, in some way, are given gifts of the Holy Spirit, gifts that can be used to spread the Good News. Pentecost is one of the Church's greatest festivals. Let us carry the refrain of the responsorial psalm with us throughout the coming week: "Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth!" (Psalm 104:30).
(c) Copyright, J. S. Paluch Co., from the resource Bulletin Building Blocks 2007-2008, www.wlpmusic.com

iMix for Vocations

George Lower writes...
I am very excited to be a small part of the fifteenth anniversary of Worldwide Seminarian Support. This will be featured on a live broadcast of Catholic Answers Live with Jerry Usher this Friday, May 9, 2008 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. In honor of this occasion I have put together an iMix of songs dealing with vocations:

Following the papal visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the United States, faithful Catholics have been challenged to foster and renew their faith. Pope Benedict has continued to challenge all to pursue with greater vigor the call of Jesus to evangelize the world following in the footsteps of the Apostles to “Go and baptize all nations.” (Matthew 28:20)

In fact, in recent months the United States has seen resurgence in those who are interested in committing themselves radically to the gospel by pursuing religious life or holy orders. One organization that has committed itself to supporting vocations is Worldwide Seminarian Support. Founded by John Becker in 1993 this volunteer organization has supported the Apostolic Life Community of Priests who operate a seminary in Tanzania, Africa. Tanzania is one place where the Church has an abundance of vocations but is lacking the financial resources to train all who would like to serve.

Worldwide Seminarian Support collected private donations in fifteen states to support thirty seminarians annually for the last eleven years. In addition, Worldwide Seminarian Support has financed much needed fresh water well for crop irrigation, and is currently helping fund expansion of the seminary. These future priests will serve in Africa, the USA, and other locations around the world. Donations have also been received in support of the Apostolic Life Community of Sisters who serve Tanzania, Malawi, Kenya, India, the Philippines, Germany and the U.S.A.

It is my prayer that these songs listed here will inspire Catholics everywhere to support vocations or to consider a vocation themselves.

Grapevine News Minute covers the Papal Visit

Susan Bailey writes:
Episode #86 of the GrapeVine News Minute is up

The podcast player is located on the homepage of the GrapeVine website as well as on the podcast page. Go to www.gvonline.net to access the player for easy listening.

The GrapeVine News Minute for
April 27, 2008
Episode #86

Sponsored by Gretchen Harris Music Ministry.

We talk to 2 performers (Fr. Stan Fortuna and Dana) and 2 spectators (Matthew Baute and Annie Karto - they happen to be artists too!) on their impressions of the Pope whom they saw in person during his visit to America April 15-20.

Matthew's photo album of the Mass at Yankee Stadium

Music:

B 16 Bomber, Fr. Stan Fortuna (courtesy of Francesco Productions)
We Are One Body, Dana (courtesy of HeartBeat Records)
Perfect Sacrifice, Annie Karto
Love Wins All, Matthew Baute (courtesy of World Library Publications)

Read about the Pope's visit plus other news about Catholic music on the new Music section of Catholic Online.

Check the show notes for a special iMix of songs performed by various artists for Pope Benedict during his visit - click on the Podcast tab at the top of the website page.

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