]Entrance: Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
]Offertory: What Wondrous Love Is This?
]Communion 1: Veni, Jesu, Amor Mi
]Communion 2: Come Down, O Love Divine
*]Communion 3: O God of Loveliness
*]Closing: Crown Him With Many Crowns
I don’t know all of these, but the ones I do know (in bold) I love and yet almost never hear in a Catholic church.
I can speak with some knowledge of why they are not used in my own parish. We have a choir, composed of middle-aged singers, which is more than capable of singing such hymns and yet we avoid them, preferring modern hymns and songs (eg. Marty Haugen). If we pick a traditional hymn it’s like “Here’s one for the oldies - How Great the Art”. I can say, with some certainty, that the above hymns are regarded as “stuffy” or “boring” by the music leaders and by much, but not all, of the congregation.
I have visited many parishes and I rarely hear any of these hymns.
Why? And, is there any hope of changing a parish which has resisted them in the past?
Yes, this is a serious question. If some parishes can actually choose such hymns for the whole of one Mass, why do most avoid them, week after week?
To expand on the list, here are some other hymns which I consider to be good Catholic traditional hymns, which are also avoided:
*]Soul of My Savior
*]Breath on me Breath of God
*]All Creatures of Our God and King
*]Godhead Here in Hiding
*]Sing my Tongue
*]For All the Saints
*]Love Divine, All Love’s Excelling
*]Marian Hymns: Hail Queen of Heaven, Salve Regina, Mary Immaculate, Star of the Morning.