Do you sing in Church?

My seven-year old daughter just joined the Children’s Choir at Church and it got me thinking about the music at Mass.

According to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM):

Great importance should … be attached to the use of singing in the celebration of the Mass, with due consideration for the culture of the people and abilities of each liturgical assembly.
Although it is not always necessary (e.g. in weekday Masses) to sing all the texts that are of themselves meant to be sung, every care should be taken that singing by the ministers and the people is not absent in celebrations that occur on Sundays and on holy days of obligation.

So it seems we are “supposed” to be singing in Mass. I know I have my favorite songs (hymns), unfortunately I kind of connect them with funerals. You know the ones I mean, On Eagles Wings, Your are Near and Here I am Lord. OK, I’m crying just typing these. The Divine Mercy Chaplet sung as a hymn is another favorite of mine.

Just imagine how I felt watching my daughter and a few other young children belting out Here I am Lord. It was amazing!! They’re just practicing now, I bet I’ll need to break out the tissues when they sing at their first Mass together.

Do you have a favorite hymn? Do you belt them out at Mass or do you sing kind of in a whisper? I think those around me secretly wish I would take it down a notch, but for now I’ll keep on singing!

God Bless,