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November 20, 2006


Gayle Miller

Dreck isn't really sufficient!

I realize I'm an old fogey but I still miss the days of really good Catholic Church music AND the Latin mass! Me and the dinosaurs!

Sissy Willis

I don't know much about Catholic Church music per se, but put me down for Handel's "Messiah" . . . The Lord God omnipotens reigneth! (Also, I know that my redeemer liveth).


I know there are more - but this is the kind of thing I never remember... music doesn't stick in my head easily.

The funny thing is, all these are songs I grew up with and even being as musically challenged as I am, I remember the first verse of each of these!

The purely horrid drek they brought in during the mid 70's/early 80's with the guitars and tamborines turned me off completely to church music. But I still enjoy the old stuff.

Sissy, while I love the music in the Messiah, it's not really great hymn material. For a congregation you need simple and tuneful in easy keys to cover the mid-range of voices.

So, while the Messiah is gorgeous religious music, it doesn't fall into the "hymns for mass" category very easily. *grin*


For starters, the chant hymns:
Jesu Dulcis Memoria
Conditor Alma Sidera
Adoro Te Devote
Ubi Caritas et Amor
Veni Creator Spiritus
Ave Verum Corpus
Te Deum
O Divinum Mysterium
In Paradisum

miss kelly

Thanks, Anon, those would be gorgeous to chant and to listen to. Veni creator spiritus, we need that!

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