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Songs for Various Occasions

Elvis Presley's beautiful gospel songs won him the only Grammy awards he obtained during his life time. A selection of these and other songs are listed below as being particularly suitable for certain occasions. Of course, various songs are suitable for many occasions, and it is a matter of personal taste. The list is definitely not prescriptive. If you have any suggestions for songs for specific occasions and themes, please e-mail me on

  • Easter - Crucifixion
  • If That Isn't Love
  • Easter - Resurrection
  • Christmas
  • Christmas albums generally, although only a handful of songs are religious
  • Weddings
  • Hawaiian Wedding Song; Love Me Tender; other romantic songs
  • Funerals
  • If We Never Meet Again (this side of heaven); Peace in the Valley; Farther Along
  • Softly as I Leave You (this online version is a stage recording sung by Sherill Nielsen with Elvis speaking - a studio recording sung by Elvis is available)
  • Valentine's Day
  • Inspirational
  • How Great Thou Art; He Touched Me
  • Affirmation of belief
  • There is no God but God; I believe; I Believe in the Man in the Sky; Where could I go but to the Lord
  • Understanding
  • By and By; Farther Along
  • Plea for help and guidance
  • Lead Me, Guide Me; Take My Hand, Precious Lord; Stand By Me; Help Me
  • Creation
  • Life

An interesting site to explore:

The Cyber Hymnal

"Thousands of Christian hymns & Gospel songs from many denominations - lyrics, MIDI files, scores, pictures, history & more. Searchable, advanced Autoplay feature, free down-loads. New entries every week. User friendly. Biggest site of its kind on the Internet."

Other music resources for special occasions:

Guide to music for your wedding (

Funeral Hymns (
Elvis recorded a number of the songs suggested on this site.

Take Me to the Water - Hymns and Psalms Relating to Baptism (
From the Psalter Hymnal (PsH) (CRC Publications, 1987) and the Presbyterian Hymnal (PH) (Westminster/John Knox Press, 1990).

Rites of Passage (The Church of the Open Mind)
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