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Year of St. Paul - 1 Corinthians Songs

Nick Alexander here... This is the Year of St. Paul, and to honor this special time, we are focusing on songs that use the texts of his writings as a basis for songs. This month, we are focusing on St. Paul's first letter to the Corinthians. As you can see, we have a pretty exhaustive list. This list encompasses all genres, from classical, to folk, to contemporary Christian, to praise and worship, to alternative rock. All of these songs use 1 Corinthians as a basis of its text. Enjoy, and be edified.
  1. The Cross Is Foolishness by John Michael Talbot based on 1 Cor 1:18
  2. Even so Come by Crystal Lewis based on 1 Cor 1:27-28
  3. No Eye Has Seen by Paul Baloche & Rita Baloche based on 1 Cor 2:9
  4. No Eye Has Seen, No Ear Has Heard by Twin Sisters based on 1 Cor 2:9
  5. This Body Is a Temple by Melsoultree based on 1 Cor 3:16
  6. Do You Not Know? by Elizabeth Schmeidler based on 1 Cor 3:16-17
  7. Our Blessing Cup by Michael Joncas based on 1 Cor 10:16-17
  8. Your Body Is the Temple of the Lord by Bill Guy based on 1 Cor 3:16-17
  9. I Will Run the Race by The University of Notre Dame Folk Choir based on 1 Cor 8:24
  10. Long Distance Runner by Degarmo & Key based on 1 Cor 8:24
  11. Run Run Run by Cindy Rethmeier based on 1 Cor 8:24
  12. Our Blessing Cup by Bob Hurd based on 1 Cor 10:16-17
  13. Remembrance by Crossview based on 1 Cor 11:23-26
  14. Body Be by Johnny Q Public based on 1 Cor 12
  15. We Are Many Parts by Angelina based on 1 Cor 12
  16. We Are the Body by John Grassadonia based on 1 Cor 12
  17. 1 Corinthians 13 by Kathy Troccoli based on 1 Cor 13
  18. Greatest of These by Sleepy Ray & The Mighty Blood based on 1 Cor 13
  19. I L-O-V-E U by Take 6 based on 1 Cor 13
  20. Love Is by Barry McGuire based on 1 Cor 13
  21. Love Will Set You Free by Brendan Delumpa based on 1 Cor 13
  22. St.Paul's Song by Pierce Pettis based on 1 Cor 13
  23. The Greatest of These by Larnelle Harris based on 1 Cor 13
  24. Strangelanguage by Charlie Peacock based on 1 Cor 14
  25. The Gospel by Wayne Pascall based on 1 Cor 15:1-4
  26. Since By Man Came Death by His Majestie's Clerkes based on 1 Cor 15:21
  27. In the Twinkling of An Eye by Robin Bolden based on 1 Cor 15:52
  28. When the Great Trumpet Sounds by The Oak Ridge Boys based on 1 Cor 15:52
  29. Grave Robber by Petra based on 1 Cor 15:55
  30. Where O Death Is Your Victory by Godprints based on 1 Cor 15:55

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.

Year Of Saint Paul - Romans Songs

Nick Alexander here... Being the Year of St. Paul, we thought it would be great to include songlists that are based on specific passages from the Pauline Epistles. This month, we examine the book of Romans.
There are four songs on this list that are well worth listening to. First, Faith, Hope and Love by Donna Lee. While the chorus is based on 1 Cor 13:13, the verses are nearly taken verbatim from Romans 5. Come Holy Spirit, from Margo B. Smith, has its bridge lifted from Romans 8:26:the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words.” She says, "This is a song/prayer to the Holy Spirit asking Him to help me to pray." I Will Carry You by Sean Clive, incorporates Romans 8:38:For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. He writes:"This song... is really at the heart of what I need to share with the world - God's overwhelming love for each one of us. A love that overcomes all and bears all so that one day we can fully experience in His arms, the love of God." Lastly, Simonetta has the song Why, which is a paraphrase of Romans 7. What are your favorite Romans-inspired texts? Please comment... I want to know!

World Youth Day - Traveler's Playlist

Nick Alexander here... World Youth Day 2008 is nearly upon us. Many pilgrims who will journey to Australia to meet with the pope, and to be encouraged in this year's theme: "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit falls upon you, and you will be my witnesses to the ends of all the earth" (Acts 1:8) For those who are making the pilgrimage, why not load up your MP3 player with music that will reinforce these themes?

My personal favorite Holy Spirit songs –  by Catholic artists who are hungering to spread the message of God's love in this world.

Pentecost Spirit Songs – as voted up by members of Top Catholic Songs.

"Christ Our Hope" songs –  for the visit of the Pope to the United States

"Witness" – songs Inspired by the Franciscan U Youth Conferences at Steubenville (www.franciscanyouth.com)

Top Graduation Songs: Happy Class of 2008!! Whether you are graduating from jr high or college, these are songs that will help assist you on the next journey of your life.

 

World Youth Day - Receive the Power

Nick Alexander here... This is a video of the official theme song for World Youth Day 2008. Guy Sebastian, who sings this track, won Australian Idol. Paulini adds very beautiful support. This is a very well produced single that is both very reverential and strong lyrics. Sadly, I could not find this song on iTunes. If anybody has any information as to how to download this song, please feel free to leave it in the comments.

World Youth Day - Free Song

For Release July 8, 2008 Green Bay, WI The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are offering a free download for young Catholics traveling to World Youth Day at their website http://www.fscc-calledtobe.org/living/ “Come Holy Ghost/Enkindle”, performed by Kataluma, re-imagines the traditional hymn, correlating with the Pentecost theme of World Youth Day 2008. It’s both a benediction for youth traveling to Sydney, as well as a way for those who can’t attend to take a ‘multicultural musical journey’. “Come Holy Ghost/Enkindle” begins with a ’summons’ to Sydney, played on an Aborigine Didgeridoo. Just as Catholic youth from around the world will bring their own culture and gifts to Sydney, it incorporates different rhythms, from Catalonian to Congolese, and instruments from around the world. Some include an accordion from Germany, electric guitar and dulcimer from the United States, kalimba from Angola, a saz, or lute from Greece, shaker from Peru, rain stick from Guatemala, harp from Ireland, trumpet from Mexico. In deference to Pope Benedict XVI’s favorite composer, it even includes a brief passage from Mozart’s ‘Rondo Alla Turca’. Also, there’s a bit of Gregorian Chant. In Mark’s Gospel, the Greek word Kataluma designates a “Dining Room” where the Last Supper takes place (and, some suggest, the same room where Pentecost occurred). More commonly, it describes the ‘breaking up or reprieve of a journey’. In this instance Kataluma designates the occasional coalescence of Milwaukee area musicians and creatives: John Tanner, Sue Bruk, Bob Monagle and Mark Kolter, who fashioned the transglobal approach to the hymn “Come Holy Ghost/Enkindle” Sister Mary Carol, OSF, of the Franciscan Sisters Music Conservatory commented “How many people today hear or sing the hymn, “Come, Holy Ghost?” Although this is the title, the actual words are first heard about 2 and 1/2 minutes into the recording. The melody to the 19th century hymn is heard in bits throughout the piece.” “Multiple listening to the song reveal a more complex composition than first expected. Our daily lives are also complicated...However, as the minutes and hours unfold, changes occur that lead to a profound belief in the Spirit who leads us through the ups and downs of each moment. “ Established in 1869, the Roman Catholic Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity serve in Catholic health care, education and parish ministries in 13 U.S. dioceses (Green Bay, Superior, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Tucson, Honolulu, Chicago, Marquette, Jackson, Lincoln, Omaha, Columbus and Steubenville). www.fscc-calledtobe.org

Year of Saint Paul - His Life

Nick Alexander here...

This past June 29, on the Feast Day of St. Peter and St. Paul, Pope Benedict XVI has issued forth a special year in celebration of St. Paul. This is in keeping with the traditional belief that he is celebrating his 2000th anniversary of his birth.

From vespers:

We are therefore gathered here not to reflect on a story from a past that has irrevocably gone. Paul speaks to us - today. That is why I proclaimed this special Pauline Year - to listen to him and to learn from him, as our teacher, ‘faith and truth’, in which are rooted the reasons for unity among the disciples of Christ.

We at TopCatholicSongs feel it is imperative to take this year seriously. Therefore we are going to be focusing upon the life and writings of St. Paul each month, until his feast year has run its course.

The list above is a focus on St. Paul himself--the man, the convert, knocked off his horse en route to Damascus, making a complete 180-degree turn in his life, and focusing intently on spreading the Gospel as far and as wide as He could. One of the great things about St. Paul is that he lived in a time where there was also a multi-cultural society, and he had the stamina and the fortitude to take a stand for Christ, which he understood to be the fullness of truth, no matter how hard his road would take him. And his writings today are seminal for the upbuilding of the New Testament church (as it is today)... linking his training in Greek philosophy with the prophetic words of the Old Testament.

And he is responsible for the most beautiful words ever throughout Scripture. Romans 8. 1 Corinthians 13. 2 Corinthians 5. Ephesians 6. Phillippians 3. 1 Timothy.... imminently quotable, inspiring, filled with great wisdom.

It is our intention to find songs that will quote many of these remarkable texts verbatim, in a musical format that is inviting, thoughtful and even fun... so that these texts may be committed to memory with ease. In the meantime, enjoy these songs from a mix of Catholic Contemporary artists, Christian Contemporary artists, and classical musicians, so to be able to understand more of the Great Witness that is Saint Paul.

Witness - Franciscan University Youth Conferences

Every year Franciscan University of Steubenville plays host to a series of youth/young adult conference weekends that provide great talks, inspiring worship, opportunities for adoration and confession, and great, great fun. This year, is no exception. The theme of the conferences this year is "Witness", and the accompanying verse is Acts 1:8.

From the Franciscan Youth Website:

The promise of God is that when the Holy Spirit comes upon us, we will receive power. What is that power? How do we access that power? How do we use that power? Pope Benedict VXI, himself, recently wrote, "Who is the Holy Spirit? It is a fact that for many Christians He is still the "great unknown." This summer we will seek not just to learn about the Holy Spirit, but to get to know Him as the living presence of God in our lives. And we will get to know His power – the power he wants us to have that we might be witnesses.

And what is it that we are to witness to? The undeniable reality that Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of our heavenly Father, took on flesh and became a man like us, except without sin. And that this Jesus, who through signs and wonders revealed His divinity to all whose hearts were open, committed the ultimate act of love and sacrifice by taking up the cross and dying on that cross in our place. Through His death, Jesus conquered our greatest enemy – death. And now, through faith in Jesus and the waters of Baptism, we have been brought into the family of God and have access to heaven through our union with Jesus. That is our faith! That is our hope! That is what needs to be proclaimed to our lost and dying world!

But a witness is more than someone who talks. A witness shows through his life that Jesus is Lord. The word "martyr" in Greek means witness. That is why there is blood on our logo – to remind us that being a true witness to Christ may cost us our very lives.

Here at TopCatholicSongs we wish to provide a great service to those who will be driving long distances, and for those who wish to be reminded of the themes throughout the year: the "Franciscan Steubenville Youth - Witness" playlist is a list of phenomenal songs from both Catholic and Contemporary Christian artists whose very songs reinforce the themes of this weekend.

  1. Witness by Bob Rice on Steubenville Theme Songs
  2. Evangelize by Nick Alexander on Eternal Life: The Party Album
  3. Go Make A Difference by Steve Angrisano on Make A Difference
  4. As It Is In Heaven by Matt Maher on Overflow
  5. Jesus Freak (Live) by tobyMac on Alive and Transported (Live)
  6. Ignatius Of Antioch (Like Wheat) by Fr. Kent O'Connor on Saints
  7. I Cannot Tell It All by Tom Booth on Find Us Ready
  8. It's Time by Last Day on We're Here
  9. From Nothing to Everything by Ben Walther on Where I Want to Be
  10. In the End by Full Armor on Against the Flow
  11. Mission's Flame by Matt Redman on Facedown
  12. Tears of the Saints by Leeland on Sound of Melodies
  13. Ain't No Party by Fr. Stan Fortuna on Sacro Song 3
  14. Dare You to Move by Switchfoot on The Beautiful Letdown
  15. Follow the Son by Valerie Von Fange on Steadfast Love
  16. Doing Something by Sean Clive on Amazed
  17. City On A Hill by Third Day on City On a Hill - Songs of Worship and Praise
  18. Here I Go Again by Casting Crowns on Casting Crowns
  19. (Ichthus) by Nick Alexander on I Wanna Be Debated
  20. Be God's by Danielle Rose on Mysteries
  21. You Will Reign by Gerard Faucheux on How Can You Think of Me? (studio Version)
  22. Open Wide The Doors by Martin Doman on Praying Twice, Vol II
  23. Inside by Chris Padgett on Golden
  24. Tell the World by Hillsong United on Look to You
  25. Share It With The World by Critical Mass on Completely
  26. God of Justice by Tim Hughes on We Must Go (Soul Survivor Live 2005)
  27. Let Your Kingdom Come by Sovereign Grace Music on Valley of Vision
  28. Micah 6:8 by Charlie Hall on Flying Into Daybreak
  29. Salt and Light by Jami Smith on Immerse
  30. Hero (Red Pill Mix) by Superchick on Regeneration
  31. Teaching Them to Read by Nick Alexander on Eternal Life: The Party Album
  32. Song of a Servant by Bob Filoramo on My Beacon of Hope
  33. Go Light Your World by Mel Kennedy w/ M-N-M Music on Hope-N-Light
  34. For Zion's Sake by John Michael Talbot on The Regathering
  35. Go Out And Tell by Bobby Fisher & Who Do You Say I Am on Go Out And Tell

Be energized in your faith, be motivated to be bold for Christ, and be inspired to give your all for Him.

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