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Lent Music Madness

Which Mass song will be 2018’s “Holiest Hymn”?

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Everyone has a favorite Mass song. Maybe it’s “All Are Welcome,” that song you could never get out of your head after elementary school Mass. Or maybe it's “The Servant Song,” a hymn you remember fondly from the communion procession at your wedding. No matter the reason, everyone has a song during Mass that makes them think to themselves, “This is my jam.”

This Lent, U.S. Catholic has taken everyone’s favorite Mass “jams” and put them in a bracket (modeled after the popular NCAA basketball tournament March Madness). Every Monday through Friday there will be a different Mass music matchup to vote on, and the song with the most votes will advance to the next round. By Easter Sunday we’ll have 2018’s “Holiest Hymn.” Download and print a bracket to follow along! Voting starts Ash Wednesday.

Will underdog “Canticle of the Turning” make it to the Fortunate Four? Will crowd favorite “One Bread, One Body” get knocked out in the Sacred Sixteen?

Fill out your bracket and vote for your favorites. Check back every day to see who won! We want you to help us decide which Mass song will become 2018’s “Holiest Hymn.” 

Sacred Sixteen

Matchup 3/20: Gift of Finest Wheat by Robert Kreutz vs. Gentle Woman by Carey Landry 

Matchup 3/19: City of God by Dan Schutte (WINNER) vs. Be Not Afraid by Bob Dufford 

Matchup 3/16: You Are Mine by David Haas (WINNER) vs. We Are Called by David Haas 

Matchup 3/15: Gather Us In by Marty Haugen vs. Sing to the Mountains by Bob Dufford (WINNER)

Matchup 3/14: Prayer of St. Francis by Sebastian Temple vs. Here I am, Lord by Dan Schutte (WINNER)

Matchup 3/13: On Eagle's Wings by Michael Joncas (WINNER) vs. Canticle of the Turning by Rory Cooney 

Matchup 3/12: Blest Be the Lord by Dan Schutte (WINNER) vs. Sing a New Song by Dan Schutte 

Matchup 3/9: I am the Bread of Life by Suzanne Toolan vs. One Bread, One Body by John Foley, S. J. (WINNER)

Monday, January 29, 2018