View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Flying to the top of the charts

Who cares who’s on top of the Billboard pop charts?

We now know who’s topping the liturgical music charts.

“On Eagle's Wings'” by Father Michael Joncas

That’s the number one song selected by voters in a survey conducted by the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.

The top 10 songs in the survey are:

“On Eagle's Wings'” - Joncas
"Here I Am, Lord" - Dan Schutte (St. Louis Jesuits)
"Be Not Afraid" - Father Bob Dufford (St. Louis Jesuits)
"You Are Mine" - David Haas
"How Great Thou Art" - Stuart Hine
"Holy God, We Praise Thy Name"
"Amazing Grace" - John Newton
"All Are Welcome" - Marty Haugen
"Prayer of St. Francis" - Sebastian Temple
"Ave Maria" - Franz Schubert

I looked over the titles listed in the CNS article. We’ve sung many of them in our choir. In fact, in the last two weeks we’ve sung “Here I Am Lord" (2nd), "The Summons" (14th), and "Pescador de Hombres" (17th).

No mention of “Abba Father,” though.



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