The opening hymn is hugely important in setting the scene for Mass. It should draw worshippers to the altar of the Lord - to an encounter with their God.

The opening hymn may be joyful. It may be reflective. It may be loud. It may be gentle.

Here are some opening hymns which attempt to draw people into the drama which is the Mass.

Gathering Gloria - the clapping Gloria with words of gathering.
One in his name - a joyful scene-setter. (The vocal MP3 here is an old demo.)
Stand among us now. (The MP3 here is a demo featuring a 4 year old Katie Anderson!)

Help us focus on you, Lord

We are one body - a short gathering acclamation
We are one body - as above but with verses based on 1 Corinthians
We stand on holy ground