Real Catholic Hymns

Slowly, slowly we are recovering the authentic Catholic hymn tradition. It has been lost to us for a long time and displaced with…other things. This book by Dominicans is designed to bring it all back. We need these hymns, not just in the sung office but in the whole of Catholic life.

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14 Replies to “Real Catholic Hymns”

  1. "It has been lost to us for a long time and displaced with…other things."

    Silly and untrue. Unless you are speaking of "me" instead of "us." In the universal Church, your premise is a caricature. Are you aware of the GIA resource, Hymnal for the Hours?

    By the way, hymns are not the only Biblical form, and there are other structures that can be sung, ones that reflect the propers.


  2. I guess Toddy doesn't engender the interest he used to. Perhaps because we all know we can expect the same , leftist bilge

  3. Thank you for the very kind post about the Hymnarium. It really is an extraordinary liturgical and musical treasure. It's the full patrimony of hymnody from the Dominican tradition in both English and Latin. In addition, the Student Brothers have made sample recordings of _all_ of the tones from the hymns available on the Internet. There is no resource like this anywhere in the Church today.

    But as of today we are less than half way to our funding goal. Please consider providing some financial support. Almost as important, please get the word out — send a Tweet, link to us on Facebook and Google+, or just send out a few emails. Thanks to everyone for their support thus far.

  4. Very very nice. But I wonder why some of the melodies I reviewed have been changed slightly from the way the chants were originally written? These melodies don't match exactly with what I have in my Liber Cantualis, Gregorian Missal, Graduale Romanum, and Parish Book of Chant. Thanks.

  5. And again, we are looking for the speck in our brother's eye and missing the beam in our own… Come on, good people! When Todd is right, give him credit! My first impression of this post was "Well, where do these hymns fit if we are supposed to be singing Propers at Mass?"

  6. These are office hymns. They are proper to the Divine Office, not to the Mass. I don't think that the Domincans nor Jeffrey in his post are proposing them for the Mass, but for the proper place: the Divine Office.

  7. In addition to being the famous fourth option, a hymn is also an option post-Communion.

    I tend to think that this is an ideal placement of a hymn, actually. The Communion chant fades out to quiet organ music, which fades out to silence, and then the congregation sings a hymn in common. Particularly on a high feast day, it seems to me like a very good idea.

    88. When the distribution of Communion is over, if appropriate, the Priest and faithful pray quietly for some time. If desired, a Psalm or other canticle of praise or a hymn may also be sung by the whole congregation.

  8. Clearly, the beam is my eye. I did forget / didn't read the part in Jeffery's post about the Divine Office. Thanks for not beating me up!;)

  9. Singing Office Hymns post-Communion, as Kathy suggests, is also permissible in an EF Sung Mass, and since sung Vespers are rare nowadays it's good that people should be acquainted with them.

    By the way, the restoration of the original texts (before the Jesuits vandalized them in the 17th century) is the only post-V2 liturgical reform that has my wholehearted approval.

  10. Thanks to everyone who donated, we have met our fundraising goal! We have been gratified by the incredible amount of interest this project has generated. Thank you to all those who responded, whether through the generosity of their finances, the generosity of telling others, or the generosity of their prayers.

    Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us!

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