Traditional Catholic Songs

MLJ Music


Traditional Catholic Songs

  • Release date: 2006
  • Label: MLJ Music
  • Catalog #: CMP3

Traditional Catholic Songs is a collection of piano solos of traditional Christian Hymns. Includes such classics songs as Morning Has Broken, Ode to Joy and Immaculate Mary. Please see the tracklist below for the full contents of the album.

About the Recording
Each song is played with introductions and endings. It is perfect to accompany singers when a musician is not available, or for quiet meditation. There are no edits or punch-ins. Each song is recorded with one take. Each song is played like it would be in church. It is as close to having a real pianist in the room with you as possible. The piano is a 1983 Steinway B grand piano. It is well maintained and tuned. The songs are mastered for optimal sound. You may hear squeaks and occasional rattles from the instrument. They are deliberately not edited out of the final mix. Traditional Catholic  Songs is 100% pure organic music.

About the Artist

Pianist Jon Sarta is currently Director of Music and Liturgy at Resurrection Catholic Church in Winter Garden, Florida. His bio can be found here.


Traditional Catholic Songs is the third album in the Catholic Music Project Series. Please check other recordings in this series here at MLJ Music.
  • 1

    Morning Has Broken

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    Morning has broken, like the first morning
    Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird
    Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
    Praise for the springing fresh from the world

    Sweet the rain's new fall, sunlit from heaven
    Like the first dew fall, on the first grass
    Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
    Sprung in completeness where his feet pass

    Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning
    Born of the one light, Eden saw play
    Praise with elation, praise every morning
    God's re-creation of the new day

    Morning Has Broken
  • 2

    Holy, Holy, Holy

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    1. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
    Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.
    Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
    God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

    2. Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,
    casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
    cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
    which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

    3. Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
    though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see,
    only thou art holy; there is none beside thee,
    perfect in power, in love and purity.

    4. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
    All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth and sky and sea.
    Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
    God in three persons, blessed Trinity.

    Holy, Holy, Holy
  • 3

    Ode To Joy

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    Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee,
    God of glory, Lord of love;
    Hearts unfold like flow’rs before Thee,
    Op’ning to the sun above.
    Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;
    Drive the dark of doubt away;
    Giver of immortal gladness,
    Fill us with the light of day!

    All Thy works with joy surround Thee,
    Earth and heav’n reflect Thy rays,
    Stars and angels sing around Thee,
    Center of unbroken praise.
    Field and forest, vale and mountain,
    Flow’ry meadow, flashing sea,
    Singing bird and flowing fountain
    Call us to rejoice in Thee.

    Thou art giving and forgiving,
    Ever blessing, ever blest,
    Wellspring of the joy of living,
    Ocean depth of happy rest!
    Thou our Father, Christ our Brother,
    All who live in love are Thine;
    Teach us how to love each other,
    Lift us to the joy divine.

    Mortals, join the happy chorus,
    Which the morning stars began;
    Father love is reigning o’er us,
    Brother love binds man to man.
    Ever singing, march we onward,
    Victors in the midst of strife,
    Joyful music leads us sunward
    In the triumph song of life.

    Ode To Joy
  • 4

    Sing We of the Blessed Mother

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    Sing we of the blessed Mother
    Who received the angel’s word,
    And obedient to his summons
    Bore in love the infant Lord;
    Sing we of the joys of Mary
    At whose breast that child was fed
    Who is Son of God eternal
    And the everlasting Bread.

    Sing we, too, of Mary’s sorrows,
    Of the sword that pierced her through,
    When beneath the cross of Jesus
    She his weight of suffering knew,
    Looked upon her Son and Saviour
    Reigning high on Calvary's tree,
    Saw the price of man's redemption
    Paid to set the sinner free.

    Sing again the joys of Mary
    When she saw the risen Lord,
    And in prayer with Christ’s apostles,
    Waited on his promised word;
    From on high the blazing glory
    Of the Spirit’s presence came,
    Heavenly breath of God’s own being,
    Manifest through wind and flame.

    Sing We of the Blessed Mother
  • 5

    Immaculate Mary

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    Immaculate Mary, your praises we sing;
    You reign now in splendor with Jesus our King.
    Ave, ave, ave, Maria! Ave, ave, Maria!

    In heaven, the blessed your glory proclaim;
    On earth we, your children, invoke your sweet name.
    Ave, ave, ave, Maria! Ave, ave, Maria!

    We pray for the Church, our true Mother on earth,
    And beg you to watch o'er the land of our birth.
    Ave, ave, ave, Maria! Ave, ave, Maria!

    Immaculate Mary
  • 6

    Sing of Mary

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    Sing of Mary, pure and lowly,
    Virgin mother undefiled,
    Sing of God's own Son most holy,
    Who became her little child.
    Fairest child of fairest mother,
    God the Lord who came to earth,
    Word made flesh, our very brother,
    Takes our nature by his birth.

    Sing of Jesus, son of Mary,
    In the home at Nazareth.
    Toil and labour cannot weary
    Love enduring unto death.
    Constant was the love he gave her,
    Though he went forth from her side,
    Forth to preach, and heal, and suffer,
    Till on Calvary he died.

    Glory be to God the Father;
    Glory be to God the Son;
    Glory be to God the Spirit;
    Glory to the Three in One.
    From the heart of blessed Mary,
    From all saints the song ascends,
    And the Church the strain reechoes
    Unto earth's remotest ends.

    Sing of Mary
  • 7

    The King of Love My Shepherd Is (Psalm 23)

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    1. The King of love my shepherd is,
    Whose goodness fails me never;
    I nothing lack if I am his,
    And he is mine forever.

    2. Where streams of living water flow
    With gentle care he leads me,
    And where the verdant pastures grow,
    With heav’nly food he feeds me.

    3. Perverse and foolish I have strayed,
    But yet in love he sought me,
    And on his shoulder gently laid,
    And home, rejoicing, brought me.

    4. In death’s dark vale I fear no ill
    With you, dear Lord, beside me;
    Your rod and staff my comfort still,
    Your cross before to guide me.

    5. You spread a table in my sight,
    Your saving grace bestowing;
    And O what joy and true delight
    From your pure chalice flowing!

    6. And so through all the length of days
    Your goodness fails me never:
    Good Shepherd, may I sing your praise
    Within your house forever.

    The King of Love My Shepherd Is (Psalm 23)
  • 8

    Forest Green

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    Blest be the God of Israel
    who comes to set us free
    and raises new hope for us:
    a Branch from David's tree.
    So have the prophets long declared
    that with a mighty arm
    God would turn back our enemies
    and all who wish us harm.

    With promised mercy will God still
    the covenant recall:
    the oath once sworn to Abraham,
    from foes to save us all;
    that we might worship without fear
    and offer lives of praise,
    in holiness and righteousness
    before God all our days.

    My child, as prophet of the Lord,
    you will prepare the way,
    to tell God's people they are saved
    from sin's eternal sway.
    Then shall God's mercy from on high
    shine forth and never cease
    to drive away the gloom of death
    and lead us into peace.

    Forest Green
  • 9

    O Salutaris/ O Saving Victim

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    O Salutaris Hostia
    Quae caeli pandis ostium:
    Bella premunt hostilia,
    Da robur, fer auxilium.

    Uni trinoque Domino
    Sit sempiterna gloria,
    Qui vitam sine termino
    Nobis donet in patria.

    O saving Victim, opening wide
    The gate of heaven to all us below:
    Our foes press on from every side;
    Thine aid supply, Thy strength bestow.

    To Thy great Name be endless praise,
    Immortal Godhead, One in Three!
    O grant us endless length of days
    With Thee in our true country.

    O Salutaris/ O Saving Victim
  • 10

    Tantum Ergo

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    Tantum ergo Sacramentum
    Veneremur cernui:
    Et antiquum documentum
    Novo cedat ritui:
    Praestet fides supplementum
    Sensuum defectui.

    Genitori, Genitoque
    Laus et iubilatio,
    Salus, honor, virtus quoque
    Sit et benedictio:
    Procedenti ab utroque
    Compar sit laudatio.

    Tantum Ergo
  • 11

    Holy God, We Praise Thy Name

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    1. Holy God, we praise thy name;
    Lord of all, we bow before thee;
    all on earth thy scepter claim;
    all in heaven above adore thee.
    Infinite thy vast domain;
    everlasting is thy reign.

    2. Hark the glad celestial hymn
    angel choirs above are raising;
    cherubim and seraphim,
    in unceasing chorus praising,
    fill the heavens with sweet accord:
    Holy, holy, holy Lord.

    3. Holy Father, Holy Son,
    Holy Spirit: three we name thee,
    though in essence only one;
    undivided God we claim thee,
    and adoring bend the knee
    while we own the mystery

    Holy God, We Praise Thy Name
  • 12

    The Water is Wide

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    When love is found and hope comes home,
    Sing and be glad that two are one.
    When love explodes and fills the sky,
    Praise God and share our Maker’s joy.

    When love has flow’red in trust and care,
    Build both each day that love may dare
    To reach beyond home’s warmth and light,
    To serve and strive for truth and right.

    When love is tried as loved-ones change,
    Hold still to hope though all seems strange,
    Till ease returns and love grows wise
    Through list’ning ears and opened eyes.

    When love is torn and trust betrayed,
    Pray strength to love till torments fade,
    Till lovers keep no score of wrong,
    But hear through pan love’s Easter song.

    Praise God for love, praise God for life,
    In age or youth, in husband, wife,
    Lift up your hearts, let love be fed
    Through death and life in broken bread.

    The Water is Wide
  • 13

    Beach Spring

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    God of day and God of darkness,
    now we stand before the night.
    As the shadows stretch and deepen,
    come and make our darkness bright.
    All creation still is groaning
    for the dawning of your might.
    When the Sun of peace and justice
    fills the earth with radiant light.

    Still the nations curse the darkness,
    still the rich oppress the poor.
    Still the earth is bruised and broken
    by the ones who still want more.
    Come and wake us from our sleeping,
    so our hearts cannot ignore
    all your people lost and broken,
    all your children at our door.

    Show us Christ in one another.
    Make us servants strong and true.
    Give us all your love of justice,
    so we do what you would do.
    Let us call all people holy.
    Let us pledge our lives anew.
    Make us one with all the lowly.
    Let us all be one in you.

    You shall be the path that guides us;
    you the light that in us burns.
    Shining deep within all people,
    yours the love that we must learn.
    For our hearts shall wander restless
    'til they safe to you return.
    Finding you in one another,
    we shall all your face discern.

    Text: Marty Haugen. C 1994 GIA Publications, Inc.

    Beach Spring
  • 14

    All Creatures of our God and King

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    All creatures of our God and King,
    lift up your voices, let us sing:
    Alleluia, alleluia!
    Thou burning sun with golden beams,
    thou silver moon that gently gleams,
    O praise him, O praise him,
    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

    Thou rushing wind that art so strong,
    ye clouds that sail in heaven along,
    O praise him, Alleluia!
    Thou rising morn, in praise rejoice,
    ye lights of evening, find a voice, (R)

    Thou flowing water, pure and clear,
    make music for thy Lord to hear,
    Alleluia, alleluia!
    Thou fire so masterful and bright,
    that givest man both warmth and light, (R)

    All Creatures of our God and King
  • 15

    Now Thank We All Our God

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    Now thank we all our God,
    with heart and hands and voices,
    who wondrous things hath done,
    in whom his world rejoices;
    who from our mother's arms
    hath blessed us on our way
    with countless gifts of love,
    and still is ours today.

    O may this bounteous God
    through all our life be near us,
    with ever-joyful hearts
    and blessèd peace to cheer us;
    and keep us in his grace,
    and guide us when perplexed,
    and free us from all ills
    in this world and the next.

    All praise and thanks to God
    the Father now be given,
    the Son, and Holy Ghost,
    supreme in highest heaven,
    the one eternal God,
    whom earth and heaven adore;
    for thus it was, is now,
    and shall be evermore.

    Now Thank We All Our God
  • 16

    Praise to the Lord

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    1. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,
    the King of creation!
    O my soul, praise him,
    for he is your health and salvation.
    All you who hear, now to his altar draw near,
    join in profound adoration.

    2. Praise to the Lord, let us offer
    our gifts at his altar;
    let not our sins and transgressions
    now cause us to falter.
    Christ, the High Priest, bids us all to join his feast,
    gathered with him at the altar.

    3. Praise to the Lord, who will
    prosper our work and defend us;
    surely his goodness and mercy
    here daily attend us;
    ponder anew all the Almighty can do,
    he who with love will befriend us.

    4. Praise to the Lord, oh, let all that
    is in us adore him!
    All that has life and breath,
    come now in praises before him.
    Let the Amen sound from his people again,
    now as we worship before him.

    Praise to the Lord
  • 17

    Shaker Song

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    I danced in the morning
    when the world was begun,
    and I danced in the moon
    and the stars and the sun,
    and I came down from heaven
    and I danced on the earth,
    at Bethlehem
    I had my birth.

    Dance, then, wherever you may be,
    I am the Lord of the Dance, said he,
    and I'll lead you all, wherever you may be,
    and I'll lead you all in the Dance, said he.

    I danced for the scribe
    and the pharisee,
    but they would not dance
    and they wouldn't follow me.
    I danced for the fishermen,
    for James and John -
    they came with me
    and the dance went on.

    Dance, then, wherever you may be,
    I am the Lord of the Dance, said he,
    and I'll lead you all, wherever you may be,
    and I'll lead you all in the Dance, said he.

    I danced on the Sabbath
    and I cured the lame;
    the holy people
    said it was a shame.
    they whipped and they stripped
    and they hung me on high,
    and they left me there
    on a Cross to die.

    Dance, then, wherever you may be,
    I am the Lord of the Dance, said he,
    and I'll lead you all, wherever you may be,
    and I'll lead you all in the Dance, said he.

    I danced on a Friday
    when the sky turned black;
    it's hard to dance
    with the devil on your back.
    They buried my body
    and they thought I'd gone,
    but I am the Dance,
    and I still go on.

    Dance, then, wherever you may be,
    I am the Lord of the Dance, said he,
    and I'll lead you all, wherever you may be,
    and I'll lead you all in the Dance, said he.

    They cut me down
    and I leapt up high;
    I am the life
    that'll never, never die;
    I'll live in you
    if you'll live in me -
    I am the Lord
    of the Dance, said he.

    Dance, then, wherever you may be,
    I am the Lord of the Dance, said he,
    and I'll lead you all, wherever you may be,
    and I'll lead you all in the Dance, said he.

    Shaker Song
  • 18

    How Can I Keep From Singing?

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    My life goes on in endless song
    Above earth's lamentations,
    I hear the real, though far-off hymn
    That hails a new creation.

    No storm can shake my inmost calm,
    While to that rock I'm clinging.
    Since love is lord of heaven and earth
    How can I keep from singing?

    Through all the tumult and the strife
    I hear it's music ringing,
    It sounds an echo in my soul.
    How can I keep from singing?


    While though the tempest loudly roars,
    I hear the truth, it liveth.
    And though the darkness 'round me close,
    Songs in the night it giveth.


    When tyrants tremble in their fear
    And hear their death knell ringing,
    When friends rejoice both far and near
    How can I keep from singing?

    The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
    a fountain ever springing!
    All things are mine since I am his!
    How can I keep from singing?


    How Can I Keep From Singing?
  • 19

    Hail, Holy Queen (Salve Regina)

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    Hail, Holy Queen enthroned above, O Maria!
    Hail, Mother of mercy and of love, O Maria!
    Triumph all ye cherubim!
    Sing with us ye seraphim!
    Heaven and earth resound the hymn!
    Salve, salve, salve, Regina!

    Our life, our sweetness here below, O Maria!
    Our hope in sorrow and in woe, O Maria!
    Triumph all ye cherubim!
    Sing with us ye seraphim!
    Heaven and earth resound the hymn!
    Salve, salve, salve, Regina!

    Hail, Holy Queen (Salve Regina)

Traditional Catholic Songs

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