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Poll #6 – My Ears… My Precious Ears!

August 9th, 2009, Promulgated by Dr. K

A poll on church music is long overdue.

We all have hymns that drive us crazy, especially since the Second Vatican Council allowed for a wider usage of Protestant mainstays. Thus, poll question 6 is: Which hymn causes the most damage to your ear drums?

For this poll I have picked out five selections for your careful judgment. Below are links to video performances for each of the hymns on the ballot. Listen to each of these in order to refresh your memory. After you have done this, cast your vote below.

Most annoying hymns refresher course:
Table of Plenty
We Are Marching In the Light of God
This Little Light of Mine
Alle Alle Alleluia
Gather Us In

Now, cast your vote:

Which hymn causes the most damage to your ear drums?

If you have a hymn that you can’t stand which isn’t on the list above, please post it in the comment box. If you have a favorite hymn, go ahead and state that as well. Have fun with this one, and remember there are differences in taste.



25 Responses to “Poll #6 – My Ears… My Precious Ears!”

  1. Bernie says:

    "On Eagles Wings" drives me up a wall.
    In English: practically any of what I call the "Anglican" hymns are a real joy to sing.

  2. Both "All Are Welcome" and "Sing a new church" puts me right out the "Johari" window. I'll have to put my thinking cap on about all the hymns that I like.

    BTW, I'm singing at the 11 a.m. at Holy Name of Jesus. We are singing REALLY good music, both English and Latin, so if you want to go to Mass this morning, stop by at HNOJ.

  3. Dr. K says:

    "Marching in the Light of God" was performed almost exactly as it was in the Youtube video at Corpus Christi church when I went there in 2006/7. Hand clapping, harmonizing, the "ooo ooooo's", and all that stuff.

    "This Little Light of Mine" was performed very similar to the video by the children's choir at the closing Mass for St. Augustine.

    ~Dr. K

  4. Carol says:

    ANYTHING by Marty Haugen or Dan Schutte!!!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Lord of the Dance? Worst. Hymn. Ever.

  6. Some of the best hymns:

    — Soul of my Savior, not the British version; but the one in the St. Gregory Hymnal.

    — Jesus, Lord, Be Thou My Own.

    — O God of Loveliness.

    — Jesus, Food of Angels.

    — Behold, Behold He Cometh.

    — O Esca Viatorum.

    — Hail Holy Queen.

    — Holy God.

    — O Lord I'm not Worthy.

    — Hymn to the HOly Name.

    — O Come and Mourn with me Awhile.

    — Jesus, My Lord, My God, My All.

    — Bring Flowers of the Fairest.

    — O Queen of the HOly Rosary.

    — Long Live the Pope.

    — O Sacred Head Surrounded.

    — Ye Sons and Daughters of the Lord.

    — Come Holy Ghost.

    — Immaculate Mary.

    There are many more that are great hymns, not just musically, but theologically as well.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Oh no… the "alle alle alle" hymn!!! ACK!! One of the most overplayed, and absolute worst hymns. It is frequently accompanied by hand clapping in the DoR.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I think all of you are forgetting ONE thing…you are saying you HATE these songs….that is not a very Christian-like attitude, when Saint Augustine was noted for saying that singing is like praying twice. So, in essence, you are hating prayer. That sounds a little like the renegades of the DoR; changing all the His-es and He-s and Him-s to God's and God (as in "it is right to give GOD thanks and praise instead of HIM thanks and praise.")

    Anytime there is a song that is not one of your own personal favorites….you should not condemn the song for all those who happen to have sentiment attached to it.

    I am disappointed in YOU, Dr. K. It seems as if you are scraping the bottom of the barrel now, and choosing to talk badly about sacred music…of ANY form.

  9. Sister Emily says:

    ANONYMOUS 12:35
    Come on guy. You know what Dr.k was getting at. I am sure when Janice Joplin & Ozzie Osbore got finished singing they did not feel like thay had just prayed.
    It was a simple survey.
    Please don't make persoanl attacks. Just disagree WITHOUT a lecture or move on.

    You are the same person posting anonymous 12:53 under the heading KISS ME SWEEET AND KILL ME that startrd August 6th. AREN"T YOU?

  10. Anonymous says:

    First of all, "Sister"…I am a woman. And…I must have missed the personal attacks….By the way….did Janis Joplin or Ozzy Osborne ever WRITE the holy songs? My point was….whoever wrote the lyrics…meant well….if you don't like them, don't downgrade by using your own personal taste. And no……I am not KISS ME SWEEET AND KILL ME. No more than you are a Sister!

  11. Sister Emily says:

    Anonymous 5:31pm says
    " I am a woman."
    Anonymous 5:31p.m also says, No more than you are a Sister.
    I SAY My brother and Sisters think I am a SISTER.(please see smiley face)

    I will try hard not to respond to you again as I am having way too much fun and you and I are wasting too much time and space on this very nice blog. (please don't temp me again) responding to assinine comments is a downfall of mine.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Give me the good old fashioned Latin, thank you very much. I'll pass on all these hymns.

  13. Rob says:

    Anonymous, if the hymn is not theologically sound, or simply sounds terrible, one can dislike the hymn. I did not see the word "hate" used by anyone than yourself. Before you criticize others, you should take a look at your own shortcomings. All that has come from you is criticism. You need to find Jesus quick before your soul is put in any danger.

  14. Anonymous says:


  15. Anonymous says:

    Jesus loves Latin.

  16. How about this from youtube. Maybe our schola can sing this as the final hymn after the Tridentine Latin Mass.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Choir, have you asked the priest at Holy Name would about offering the TLM there?

  18. Anonymous says:

    Sorry for the poor grammar.

  19. Dear Anon 10:17 ..I didn't have a chance to ask him. I had to hotfoot it over the St. Stan's to setup for Mass. Good thought. Always remember, it isn't just saying the TLM, it's also preaching. The priest may reverently celebrate the TLM, but what theology will they preach from the pulpit.

    How about this for music. The Missa Luba, sung in a native Congolese style and the words are in Latin. This Mass was actually used in the Congo before Vatican II..

  20. Oh yeah..I forgot your second comment Anon…no worries, I had a poor gramma too…hahahaha!!!

    I'm about as funny as a rubber crutch in a crippled wardd.

  21. Dr. K says:

    With 44 votes cast as of August 12th, "Alle Alle Alle" has a commanding lead. This was to be expected. It is the most overplayed hymn in the DoR, and is often performed with high levels of annoyance and hand clapping.

    Thank you for participating once again! The Church fathers are pleased that you are voicing your opinion so actively.

    ~Dr. K

  22. Anonymous says:

    I love "Sacred Head Surrounded", "What Wondrous Love is This?", "Salve Regina", and "Ave Maria"

  23. Anonymous says:

    By the way, somebody did something with Haugen-Haas ice cream.

  24. Anonymous says:

    wait…the full link didn't appear

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