lists the top 25 songs reported by churches in their copyright licence returns . The ones most likely to be sung by Catholic congregations (2005) include ‘Be still for the presence of the Lord’ (number 2), ‘Shine Jesus shine’ (number 9) and ‘The servant king’ (number 11). There is a separate listing for hymns used in schools - these include ‘I danced in the morning’ (number 3), ‘Colours of day’ (number 4), ‘The butterfly song’ (number 8) and ‘Peace, perfect peace’ (number 9).
Songs of Praise, on Sunday 30 April, comprised the nations’ top ten favourite hymns as voted by Songs of Praise viewers (and unlike the ccli listings above, included hymns no longer in copyright). In reverse order, they are: 10 Shine, Jesus shine9 In Christ alone8 Guide me, O thou great Redeemer7 Make me a channel of your peace6 Be still, for the presence of the Lord5 Love divine, all loves excelling4 Be thou my vision3 The day thou gavest2 Dear Lord and Father of mankind1 How great thou art
Radio 4's Sunday Programme launched a search for the nations top favourite and least favourite hymns during July. The results of the month long poll were as follows:
Top 3 favourite hymns1st Dear Lord and Father of mankind2nd Guide me O thou great redeemer3rd Be thou my vision
Top 3 least favourite hymns1st Shine Jesus shine2nd All things bright and beautiful3rd Lord of the dance.
In our newsletters we run a series on favourite music. This is reproduced in this section. Please navigate your way through this using the menu on the right.
The name of God
At the end of June last year the Congregation for Divine Worship sent out to Bishops’ Conferences directives on the use of Hebrew Tetragrammaton - YHWH (Yahweh or Jehovah) in the liturgy. Bishop Arthur Roche, the Chairman of the Department for Christian Life and Worship of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, has since issued a statement. In it, he welcomes the attention the Congregation has given to the due reverence we owe to the name of God, and also notes that the use of Yahweh is highly offensive to the Jewish people.
Bishop Roche observes that the name is found in some liturgical songs, and parishes in England and Wales are asked to either omit or amend any such texts. The term is also to be avoided in composed texts such as the prayer of the faithful.
In the popular hymn, ‘Yahweh, I know you are near’, a suitable alternative may be ‘Lord God, I know you are near’.
What hymns would you like to see reviewed?
If there is a hymn you would like to find out more about, or want to tell us about, please contact us.
Susan McQuiston says:
I would like to see See,what a morning, by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, reviewed.
I first heard this hymn on west sound radio on sunday at 7 program.
Religious music from 7pm-10pm. This song has got to me and is very catchy.
I went to the "Sounds Of Praise" evening that was advertised on west sound to raise funds for cash for kids and it was played there too.