Category: Music

This includes audio files as well as lyrics to hymns and songs.
  • Ausbund
    • Ausbund (Auss Bundt) oldest hymnbook of the Swiss Brethren, and still today in use by the Amish in North America.
  • Ave Maria
    • Ave Maria, Latin for Hail Mary, is a Catholic prayer to the Virgin Mary.
  • Christe Sanctorum Decus
    • This hymn, less the concluding doxology, is attributed on questionable grounds to Rabanus Maurus (776-856), a pupil of Alcuin. It is traditionally used for Laudes for the feasts of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. Today, verses 2, 3, and 4 of the hymn are used for their feast on September 29.
  • Christe, Sanctorum Decus Angelorum
    • This hymn, less the concluding doxology, is attributed on questionable grounds to Rabanus Maurus (776-856), a pupil of Alcuin. It is traditionally used for Laudes for the feasts of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. Today, verses 2, 3, and 4 of the hymn are used for their feast on September 29.
  • Church Music
    • This article reflects Mennonite thinking in the mid-20th century; read it in the context of its time.
  • Consors Paterni Luminis
    • Attributed to St. Abrose (340-397), this hymn is traditionally used at Tuesday Matins. Today it is used for the Office of teh Readings on Tuesdays of the first and third weeks of the Psalter of Ordinary Time.
  • Exsultet
    • The Exsultet, sometimes seen as "Exultet" and also referred to as the Praeconium Paschale, is an ancient chant sung during the Easter Vigil. It is traditionally sung by the deacon after the Paschal candle has been lit and the clergy have processed to the altar. The lighted Paschal candle contains a twofold symbolism. First, it represents the pillar of fire that went before the Israelites during their flight from Egypt. Second, it represents Christ, who is the light of the world.
  • Gloria
    • The Gloria is an ancient hymn of praise to the Trinity that has been in use in the Church since the second century. The opening line of the hymn is taken from Scripture (Lk 2:14), where the angels announce the birth of Christ to the shepherds.
  • Gloria, Laus et Honor
    • Composed by Theodulph of Orleans (d. 821), this hymn is often used as a processional hymn for Palm Sunday.
  • Hymns of the Greek Church
    • Translated with introduction and notes by John Brownlie
  • Iam, Christe, Sol Iustitiae
    • From the 10th century, though some feel it is Ambrosian from the 6th century. This hymn is traditionally used for the ferial offices for Lauds during the weeks of Lent before Holy Week. The revsion of 1632 altered the hymn extensively with the title of the hymn becoming O Sol salutis, initimis.
  • Iesu Rex Admirabilis
    • Iesu, Rex Admirabilis is part of the hymn Iesu, Dulcis Memoria which is attributed to St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153). This hymn was used at Matins for the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus, which was celebrated on the Sunday between the Circumcision and Epiphany, or failing such a Sunday, on January 2. In the liturgical revisions of Vatican II, the feast was deleted, though a votive Mass to the Holy Name of Jesus had been retained for devotional use. With the release of the revised Roman Missal in March 2002, the feast was restored as an optional memorial on January 3.
  • Introductio
    • The Thesaurus Precum Latinarum is a collection of Latin prayers and Latin hymns with English translations and brief commentaries. The commentaries outline the origins, history and use of many of the items with the prayers themselves being drawn from the entire 2,000 year history of the Church.
  • Medieval Music Database
  • Plasmator Hominis Deus
    • This hymn is traditionally sung at Friday Vespers and is used in the Liturgia Horarum at Vespers for Fridays of the first and third weeks of the Psalter during Ordinary Time. Likewise the hymn is also found in the Roman Breviary for Friday Vespers, but under the title of Hominis superne Conditor.
  • Renaissance Masses, 1440-1520
    • A large collection of MP3 files of the major Renaissance masses
  • Singing, Old Order Amish
    • Old Order Amish singing in worship. In their regular biweekly worship service most of the Old Order Amish use the Ausbund exclusively. The hymnbooks are the property of the congregation and are gathered by the oldest hymn leader after each service and carried home in a satchel-like box. For the next service he selects the hymn sung traditionally with the Scripture suitable for that season of the year.
  • Singings, Amish
    • Amish singings, is the name usually given to the Sunday evening gatherings of the Old Order Amish young people. (There are some "old folks' singings" for the purpose of transmitting the unwritten chants used in Amish church services.) The young people's singings are of long standing; they were begun to provide an activity of Christian fellowship for the young people.
  • Splendor Paternae Gloriae
    • Written by St. Ambrose (340-397), this hymn is a companion hymn to his Aeternae rerum Conditor. Splendor paternae gloriae is a beautiful morning hymn asking for help and guidance throughout the day. It is directed to the Trinity, and especially to Christ as the light of the world. The hymn is traditionally sung at Monday Lauds and is used in the Liturgia Horarum at Lauds for Monday of the first and third weeks of the Psalter during Ordinary Time.
  • Te Deum
    • Te Deum, also sometimes called the Ambrosian Hymn because if its association with St. Ambrose, is a traditional hymn of joy and thanksgiving. First attributed to Sts. Ambrose, Augustine, or Hilary, it is now accredited to Nicetas, Bishop of Remesiana (4th century).
  • The Hymns of Martin Luther by Martin Luther
    • The hymns of Martin Luther set to their original melodies.
  • The Passion of the Christ by Mel Gibson
    • Reasons why it is an invalid gospel medium
  • Trisagium Angelicum
    • This hymn of devotion to the Blessed Trinity is the official prayer of the Order of the Blessed Trinity, otherwise known as the Trinitarians. This devotion has been recited by them and their affiliates for centuries in praise of the Trinity.