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Old Jun 13, '07, 4:36 pm
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Default The best First Communion song ever...

OK, I didn't get too many bites on my 'challenge' thread from a couple days ago. I was looking to add a positive angle to the music criticism I've seen here.
Maybe asking for two whole masses worth of song suggestions was too much...

What is the most Catholic,most appropriate First communion mass song you can think of???

Background for this one:

I am planning music for next year's First Communion mass. I have the luxury of being allowed quite a bit of time in their CCD classes to teach songs for that mass to the children. There were over 60 first communicants at this year's mass. They sat together and you could really hear them singing the songs as a group.
Everyone loved it.. hearing the kids sing as a group during the mass. I am being prodded to start teacing the kids again in September. when CCD resumes...
So... give me your best ideas...
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Old Jun 13, '07, 5:10 pm
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I still remember the song we sang at my First Communion over forty years ago. I remember exactly how it sounded with the whole Communion class singing. I still sing it silently to myself in preparation for Communion, or as an act of spiritual communion when I am not at Mass.
"Jesus, Jesus, Come to Me"
Jesus, Jesus, come to me,
All my longing is for Thee.
Of all friends the best Thou art,
Make of me Thy counterpart.

Jesus, I live for Thee,
Jesus, I die for Thee.
I belong to Thee
Fore'er in life and death.
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Old Jun 13, '07, 5:12 pm
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maybe I've been around kids too long but I love Shine Jesus Shine, but then, I also love Panis Angelicus. We actually had both for most of the 1st communion Masses this year. I also like We Are One Body by Dana Scallon.
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Old Jun 13, '07, 5:35 pm
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If you've got a good boy soprano or three, "Panis Angelicus" kicks butt. "Tantum Ergo Sacramentum", maybe?
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Old Jun 13, '07, 10:29 pm
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I like this one. http://www.chantcd.com/lyrics/i_am_not_worthy.htm
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Old Jun 14, '07, 5:55 am
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I cast a second vote for "Jesus, Jesus, Come to Me." It was my favorite hymn when I was a child in the 1950's, and I was happy to find that our parish has been having the children sing it during the Mass of First Holy Communion for years. Our former pastor loved it, and had the children sing it. His successor has continued the practice. The children sound like angels.
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Old Jun 14, '07, 6:55 am
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Jesus, My Lord, My God, my All.
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Old Jun 14, '07, 7:01 am
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Our little church and school has done

I Want To Walk as a Child of the Light
I want to follow Jesus.......

for several years and its very moving and heartfelt.

Good luck
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Old Jun 14, '07, 7:14 am
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You've got to squeeze in "Ecce Panis Angelorum" (Behold the Bread of Angels). It's very pretty (even catchy) and a children's group could pick it up without too much trouble (I know, since our boy's group did so)

You can hear the melody here (number 17):
http://www.amazon.com/Gregorian-Melo.../dp/B0000CERL6

English translation:
http://www.chantcd.com/lyrics/behold_bread_angels.htm
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Old Jun 14, '07, 7:21 am
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Panis Angelicus
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Adoro te Devote or Pange Lingua Gloriosi.
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"Panis Angelicus" and I also love "Jesus, My Lord, My God, My All".
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When I taught music there was a communion song the children liked. I can't seem to find the title or the composer but here are the lyrics for the first verse and maybe the 2nd?:

1. Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation
Through your goodness, Lord, bread and wine are taken
Bread is your body, come to be our bread of life
Wine is your blood and we offer both as sacrifice
blessed be God forever.

2. Blessed are you Lord, taking on humanity
Through your goodnesss Lord, we can share divinity
Bread is your body....etc

3. Blessed are you Lord

I can't remember all the other verses and if they are okay, or not. It's a very easy song to learn and beautiful when the chidlren sing it. I just hope it's not by one of the dreaded composers (you know who I mean), because I always liked it It used to be in one of the major music books (OCP or GIA?), though, so chances are good there are problems with it, lol (I have a lack of confidence in picking Catholic music anymore, lol)

Well, that was probably no help! LOL

Jennifer
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Old Jun 14, '07, 8:36 am
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My top 5 would be (in no particular order):

Jesus, Jesus, Come To Me

Jesus, My Lord, My God, My All

Oh Lord, I Am Not Worthy

Soul Of My Savior

Sacred Heart Of Jesus, Fount Of Love And Mercy (In St. Gregory Hymnal)

Stay clear of the "new age stuff" such as "Table A Plenty", "Seed Scattered And Sown", etc. In my opinon, those are heretical - keep the hearts of the children on Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament!

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Default Re: The best First Communion song ever...

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Adoro te Devote or Pange Lingua Gloriosi.

Pange Lingua Gloriosi gets my vote! I think the kids will have wonderful memories of their First Communion with this song.

For something more contemporary, but appropriate, The Supper of the Lord" (Laurence Rosania) has a beautiful melody and has some significant words from John 6. The chorus goes:

Precious Body, Precious Blood
Here in bread and wine
Here the Lord prepares the Feast Divine
Bread of life is broken now, cup of life is poured
Come, share the supper of the Lord

Verse:
"I am the bread of heaven giving life to you
You that eat this bread shall never die"
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