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Hymns

Those who wish to sing always find a song. (Plato, Greek philosopher)

Most weddings are primarily a dialogue between the wedding couple and the priest, with a vocal soloist providing background music whenever there's a lull in the "conversation". But it doesn't have to be! Inviting your gathered guests to sing a hymn provides them an opportunity to offer a sung prayer for you, and to express musical praise for God’s love to all of us. Almost any hymn is appropriate, especially your favorite one! But here are some suggestions...

Love Has Brought Us Here Together

posted Aug 31, 2015, 4:29 PM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Aug 31, 2015, 4:32 PM ]

Title: Love Has Brought Us Here Together
Hymn: HYFRYDOL

Notes: Appropriate any time during the ceremony. Familiar melody, since it's the same tune as Alleluia! Sing to Jesus and Love Divine, All Loves Excelling. It's not published in our 
Breaking Bread, but it can be put into your worship aid if you're printing one, or sung as a solo.

"Love has brought us here together: Love of fam'ly, love of friends;
Love, our vow till death should part us; Love, God's gift, that never ends.
From our birth, throughout our lifetime, Love's insistence calls our name.
Floods of waters cannot drown it Or put out its dancing flame..."

God Is Love (Joncas)

posted Aug 31, 2015, 4:13 PM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Aug 31, 2015, 4:32 PM ]

Title: God is Love
Composer: M. Joncas

Notes: Appropriate any time during the ceremony. #484 in our 2015 Breaking Bread. Based on 1 John 4:16, and Ubi Caritas.

"God is love, and all who live in love abide in God, and God abides in them..."

God Is Love (Abbot's Leigh)

posted Aug 31, 2015, 4:11 PM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Aug 31, 2015, 4:31 PM ]

Title: God is Love
Hymn tune: 
ABBOT'S LEIGH

Notes: Appropriate any time during the ceremony. #489 in our 2015 Breaking Bread.

"God is Love, let heaven adore him;
God is Love, let earth rejoice;
let creation sing before him
and exalt him with one voice.
God who laid the earth's foundation,
God who spread the heavens above,
God who breathes through all creation:
God is Love, eternal Love..."

Not for Tongues of Heaven's Angels

posted Aug 31, 2015, 4:09 PM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Aug 31, 2015, 4:31 PM ]

Title: Not for Tongues of Heaven's Angels
Composer: M. Joncas

Notes: Appropriate any time during the ceremony. It's not published in our Breaking Bread, but it can be put into your worship aid if you're printing one, or sung as a solo.

"Not for tongues of heaven's angels,
not for wisdom to discern,
not for faith that masters mountains,
for this better gift we yearn:
may love be ours, O Lord."

One Love Released

posted Aug 31, 2015, 12:17 PM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Aug 31, 2015, 12:23 PM ]

Title: One Love Released
Composer: B. Frenzel / K. Keil /
O WALY WALY

Notes: For use during Communion if you're having a Mass. #365 in our 2015 Breaking Bread

"One bread, on body, one cup, one call, 
one faith, one Spirit present in us all.
One prayer, one blessing, one hope, one peace,
one church, one people, one love released..."

Spirit and Grace

posted Aug 31, 2015, 11:20 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Aug 31, 2015, 12:18 PM ]

Title: Spirit and Grace
Composer: R. Manalo, CSP

Notes: For use during Communion if you're having a Mass. #350 in our 2015 Breaking Bread.

"Spirit and grace, here in this meal.
You are the wind that breathes through the field.
Gather the wheat and form us in Christ.
Come, be our source and breath of life.

In this bread, blessed, broken and shared,
Christ is our life, whose presence we bear.
Come, O spirit, make your grace revealed in this holy meal..."

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