Singing the lyrics of Catholic Hymns provide an agreeable way of passing on the history and doctrine of the Roman Catholic faith. The lyrics of Catholic Hymns teach people about the Roman Catholic religion whilst drawing people into the community of the church fostering and strengthening Roman Catholic beliefs and values.
Early History of Catholic Hymns: The history of Roman Catholic hymns started in the 4th and 5th centuries when monasteries began to emulate the Ancient Greek hymnos. The Greek word hymnos derives from the word from hydeo meaning "to celebrate" and was used in respect of a song that expressed honor, praise, or thanksgiving. The word hymnos translates into English as "Hymn".
The early monks created the first Catholic hymns in the Latin language and used the structure to fit Gregorian Chants sung by their choirs. The "Schola Cantorum" was established by Pope Saint Gregory I (c. 540 - March 12, 604) to distribute chants to papal choirs. The first basic Catholic Hymns developed into beautiful polyphony in which chants and music were arranged in parts for several voices. The Magnificat hymn (song of the Virgin Mary) is one of the earliest of all Christian hymns.
History of Catholic Hymns: The Nineteenth Century witnessed a change in Catholic Hymns when the words and lyrics began to be written in the vernacular, the everyday speech of the people. Up to this point, the only time that Catholic Hymns were sung in the vernacular were on special occasions and processions and at the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament the recitation of the Rosary. Many of the later Catholic hymns were the Marian Hymns that focused on the Virgin Mary and used in liturgical and devotional services.