(Closed) Help! What are the least religious hymns you know? Catholic marrying atheist!

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Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@jellyspoons: my parents are in the same situation.

my dad (the athiest) likes the hymn “I danced in the Morning”. It could be about anything. It’s a bit religious, but all hymns are.

Post # 33
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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@francypants: We’re doing that one! Woohoo!

Actually OP Fiance & I are in the same situation as you, but reversed (I’m the Catholic). He also is having a difficult time getting his head around singing about God. But we’ve talked about it a bunch, and we’re both really into history, so we’re approaching it from the perspective that if we use songs that were around in the 1700-1800s, the mentions of God aren’t nearly as much of a problem for him. I.e. he is singing out of respect for his ancestors, who sang the same songs.

I’m not saying this approach works for you, but think of songs not solely based on their lyrics but also their history. Many a church song was originally a secular tune with religious lyrics applied (think Greensleeves/What Child Is This). Kind of what

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@NC Girl: is saying.

Post # 34
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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@jedeve: Exactly.

OP, you might be reading your own assumptions about the Catholic religion in to some of these hymms. Catholics believe in evolution, and this has been confirmed by the vatican. The hymms you’ve mentioned regarding “creationism” then are not really about creationism.

Post # 35
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

jedeve and Sunshining- ditto to both your comments, about to say the same thing exactly!

Post # 36
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

As another UK bride thought I’d throw in that Amazing Grace is not a funeral song here (as previosuly mentioned) – I love it, it makes me smile and we’re having it during the signing of the register.

Post # 37
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I guess it must be differnt in the UK because I’ve sang at a lot of Catholic wedding and they have been very lenient on what was sung during mass. I’ve sung pop songs, musical theater songs, classical songs and no one said anything was wrong with that. Probably because there was the traditional, lord is my shepard, eagles wing, ave maria mixed in there as well. I’m pretty sure the last wedding I sang in there were no traditional hymns sung at all

 

Post # 39
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: March 2004

My suggestion… “All I Ask Of You” by Gregory Norbet

Chorus: All I ask of you is forever to remember me, as loving you.

V1: Deep the joy of being together in one heart and for me that’s just where it is.
V2: As we make our way thorugh all the joys and pain, can we sense our younger truer selves?
V3: Someone will be calling you to be there for a while. Can you hear their cry from deep within?
V4:Laughter, joy, and presence; the only gifts you are! Have you time? I’d like to be with you.
V5 (probably omit Wink ) Persons come into the fiber of our lives and then their shadows fade and disappear… but (chorus)

Post # 40
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think your best bet is going to be foregoing lyrics and sticking with instrumentals.  I also find it odd that you don’t like Make Me a Channel of Your Peace as that’s the ONE hymn people of little/no faith usually like because it promotes peace/love etc. 

Set me as a seal by Matt Maher is based on an old testament scripture passage but it’s a love song so can just be about you and your husband…. 

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