About sing-prayer.org

A Holy Card, in Song

When you pray the words on a holy card, they become a living prayer.
     When you sing a hymn that is written down on paper or held in memory, the tones your heart emit become a living, sung prayer, “sung well, prayed twice”.
     The enemy of souls hates this. “It”–I do not give it the dignity of the male pronouns we use to honor the Eternal Father and His Son–that thing which was created high in the heavens and chose eternal disgrace, hates for you to sing prayers. It seeks to ensnare our people in an echo chamber of artificial "intelligence", in the same way that it seeks to draw us into becoming apes of its apehood of God, when we as baptized persons are already made in His image and likeness.
     Therefore, to praise God with a voice similar to that with which He created Angels, Men and the world, you need to be singing every day, in your prayer life and in your daily duties with which you actively love God.

Those who by Christ’s mercy are granted heaven, will sing their eternal praises, in their delight at seeing the beatific vision of God, face to face, in song.

One day I’m going to join the heavenly choir, and I’m going to sing, and never get tired. And then I’m going to sing, somewhere around God’s altar; and I’m going to shout, ‘All my troubles are over!’ You know I’ve got to thank God, thank Him for being, so good to me!

The prayer-songs on this site are nearly all more than a century old, from the time before the Council when Catholic hymns still dared to risk offending Protestants with the unambiguous presentation of the distinctive truths of the Catholic faith. The music is dedicated to helping restore the simple lay piety deprecated at the time of the Council, in the practice of sung prayer, the catechetical content of the Faith simply stated in the lyrics, and in the everyday musical contribution to the restoration of Christian culture.

Nearly every topic is centered on audio-podcast tracks of piano/keyboard music without vocals (but with accompanying printed lyrics), to support your singing your prayers or lessons.
When the morning stars praised me together, and all the sons of God made a joyful melody? – Job 38:7
The normal expectation today would be that the singing-support music on this site would have been computer generated using so-called MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface, a mathematically simple, comprehensively effective coding format for composing, communicating and producing realistic symphonic and cinematic sound recordings). However, MIDI is studiously avoided in this site’s support music, for the producer to avoid coming under undue influence of computeristic thinking.

These pieces are not supposed to be musical masterpieces, they’re supposed to be like the normal family-culture situation a century past, for a member of your extended family to informally, casually play piano for you to sing to, piano playing replete with normal, amateurish flaws. This was what one of the cousins of my Mother, born in 1910, did for her as a child–she was 13 years old before radio came out in 1923–but many families hadn’t yet purchased a radio even by the beginning of World War II, 1942, so that at late date, though thoroughly imbued with movie culture, many were still singing at home. And, as you as a natural singer are exercising Christian culture much more according to your Creator’s will than I can as a mere machine-operator of musical equipment, you shouldn’t even notice my mistakes, centrally concerned with your own praying twice by singing well.

This site provides portable, personal prayer-liturgy, scalable from the private, singing alone in one’s bedroom, to large group events in a public facility, audio-video projectable and led in song by a single vocalist supported by the “karaoke” keyboard tracks.

We gain ever increasing assent to the truths of Christ’s faith by regularly repeating them in hymns sung with our whole hearts, minds and voices, making a place for the Spirit of Truth to abide with us within our very beings, and banishing morbid, fallacious and sinful, thought, speech and action by continually centering our hearts on Jesus and Mary.