Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Lumen Christi Missal: Shipping in Two Weeks, Full Preview

I'm excited to announce that the long-awaited Lumen Christi Missal will be shipping in two weeks.

You can order your copy here. Over 5000 copies have already been pre-ordered, and I'm thrilled that these books will at long last be available to parishes across the country as they settle into the year that lies ahead.

The Lumen Christi Missal is 1086 pages long, 6x9 in size and 1-1/3 inches thick (standard hymnal size - fits in standard pew racks), is hardbound with a gold embossed leatherette cover, and has two ribbons. The price for bulk orders of 50 copies or more is $21.95.

It is being published by the authority of the USCCB Committee on Divine Worship, and carries the ecclesiastical Imprimatur of Bp. Thomas J. Olmsted. All texts and translations in the book have received ecclesiastical approval, and are based in the Roman Missal, Third Edition.

It is a complete book for the pew, containing the most useful features of a "hand missal", yet it is much more: It is a book that can help parishes "Sing the Mass".

It includes Lectionary Readings for Sundays and Feasts in all three cycles, simple chanted Responsorial Psalms and Alleluias for every day (including Daily Mass), Antiphon texts of the Roman Missal and Graduale Romanum in English and Latin, Antiphons for Daily Mass pointed to be sung to simple tones, fully sung Order of Mass, 18 chanted Mass Settings in English and Latin, a full compliment of Devotions, and more.

One of the most exciting features of the book is the "Simple Gradual" (pp. 903-998). Building upon the experience of the Simple English Propers, this part of the book forms a complete, stable and lasting repertoire of English Propers that can be sung by congregations and beginning scholas.

Digital editions of all of the antiphons in the Lumen Christi Missal will soon be posted for free download, which will include pointed psalm verses for cantor and choir. These will include all antiphons of the Simple Gradual, in addition to the Responsorial Psalms and Alleluias with their verses.

While we wait these last two weeks before the Lumen Christi Missal begins shipping, I'm pleased to share with you for your perusal a complete preview of the entire book: