A poll carried out by CAFOD has found the most popular hymn that inspires hope is How Great Thou Art.
The hymn – which has been covered by artists ranging from Elvis Presley to Susan Doyle – beat Christ, Be Our Light, Be Not Afraid, and 10,000 Reasons for its ability to inspire hope in others – particularly during this difficult time of lockdown.
CAFOD’s head of fundraising and participation, Jo Kitterick, said: “Hymns inspire and express hope; whether for those who enjoy them associate with a faith or not. Through-out the pandemic we have seen many people turn to hymns and prayer to help them through this difficult time.
“People have sorely missed attending Church over the last few months. Listening to, or singing hymns at home, helps us to continue to feel part of a community and connected to faith.
“How Great Thou Art is a really rousing hymn, and reminds us that we can put our trust in God, because God has made such an amazing world for us all to live in and take care of.
“As the impacts of coronavirus are increasingly felt around the world in developing countries, by singing hymns we can stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are also facing these challenging times, and share our hope.”
Picture: A choir singer gives a solo performance in an empty church during a Mass via livestream in San Fiorano, Italy, on 6th May 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic. (CNS photo/Marzio Toniolo via Reuters).