1. Jesus, My Lord, My God, My All
Sweet Sacrament, we Thee adore. O make us love Thee more and more!
This Eucharistic hymn was written by Fr. William Faber. A friend of Bl. John Henry Newman’s, Fr. Faber was a prominent cleric in the Church of England, who converted to Catholicism in the midst of the Oxford Movement. He wrote several hymns, including the ever-popular “Faith of Our Fathers”.
2. Hail, Holy Queen, Enthroned Above
Triumph, all ye cherubim, sing with us, ye seraphim, heaven and earth resound the hymn: Salve, salve, salve Regina!
This classic English hymn is really a poetic translation of the ancient “Salve Regina Coelitum” of the Roman Missal. Thanks to Whoopi Goldberg’s rousing interpretation of this hymn in her movie “Sister Act,” it is even recognized amongst many non-Catholics.
3. Holy God, We Praise Thy Name
Infinite Thy vast domain, Everlasting is Thy reign!
Attributed to the hymnologist Fr. Ignaz Franz, this is an 18th century German hymn, loosely based on the text of the great “Te Deum”, that has become closely associated with the modern ritual of Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
4. Immaculate Mary
Immaculate Mary, Thy praises we sing, Thou reignest in splendour with Jesus our King!
Also known as the “Lourdes Hymn,” this triumphant hymn of praise to our Lady is believed to have been written by Abbe Gaignet and adapted to a traditional French folk tune. When sung at the Lourdes Shrine, there can be as many as sixty different verses!
5. To Jesus Christ, Our Sov’reign King
Christ Jesus Victor, Christ Jesus Ruler! Christ Jesus, Lord and Redeemer!
This powerful hymn, associated with the Feast of Christ the King, was written by Monsignor Martin Hellreigel in 1941. Msgr. Hellreigel was a German priest living in St. Louis, Missouri at the time, and offered this hymn as a counter to the dark forces of Nazism and Communism sweeping over the world.