Music to Pray By: The Ash Grove


Sacred music has a large part to play in our Catholic lives. Every one of us can surely name some religious song that lifts our spirits, be it “Ave Maria” or “Here I Am, Lord.”

But even music that is not specifically religious can have a spiritual side to it. Any beautiful melody can orient our thoughts towards God, the source of all creation – and that, in itself, is a kind of prayer.

In this series, I’ll highlight five pieces that, while not ostensibly “churchy,” are nonetheless very powerful at getting me into a prayerful, contemplative frame of mind.  Sample them here, or make a playlist for your own quiet moments.

“The Ash Grove,” sung by Laura Wright (album: The Last Rose)

Finally, here’s  a Welsh folk song that I discovered totally by accident. The tune is gorgeous, the singing is angelic, and the lyrics are about walking through a grove of ash trees and remembering people you love. It always makes me think of the communion of saints.

Which secular songs get you in a prayerful frame of mind? What would you add to the list?

Listen to my other Music to Pray By selections.

Copyright 2016 Ginny Kubitz Moyer


About Author

Ginny Kubitz Moyer is the author of Random MOMents of Grace:Experiencing God in the Adventures of Motherhood and Taste and See: Experiencing the Goodness of God with Our Five Senses. Check out her blog Random Acts of Momness ( for thoughts on faith, parenting, writing, and the occasional ode to Jane Austen.

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