What songs are sung in Catholic churches?


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"O Blood and Body of My Lord," "Take My Hand, Dear Jesus," "Lord Jesu, When We Stand Afar" and "Behold The Lamb of God," are songs sung in Catholic Church. Catholic hymnals contain many other selections.

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A traditional Catholic hymnal is a reliable source of older songs. Generally, the liturgical calendar influences the selections that musicians deliver to a congregation. "Adeste Fideles," or "O Come All Ye Faithful," is a Christmas hymn, whereas "Panis Angelicus" speaks of the bread of life and is a typical Communion song.

Some events, such as a funeral, follow formats similar to a mass and require a certain number of musical selections. On such occasions, a soloist or choir may deliver solo pieces and common songs in addition to a processional, a Communion song and a song of thanksgiving.

Songs sung in a Catholic Church are not necessarily traditional. "Here I Am, Lord," by Dan Schutte is a popular Catholic song. Written in the early 1980s and subsequently published by Oregon Catholic Press, the song is a well known example of contemporary Catholic liturgical music.

As of May 2015, Oregon Catholic Press publishes eight hymnals that encompass traditional and contemporary Catholic hymns and songs for adults, young adults, all occasions, soloists or choirs. The website of the Catholic Playlist show is another source of contemporary Christian music by Catholic artists.

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