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Tunes and Texts
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Tunes and Texts

By Gilligan, Michael

Hymns and metrical Psalms excerpted from the American Catholic Hymnbook. This booklet reviews songs that illustrate the unique benefits of this hymnal: The songs are provided with full text, melody line, and chord symbols. This 20-page booklet is 9 x 12", with a beautiful, full color cover, of the American Catholic Hymnbook. If you want to promote this hymnal, for example, with your liturgy committee, this booklet is ideal for your purpose. If you wish, you could also use Texts and Tunes as a supplementary songbook, for use in the pews. Please note that this item is a 20-page brochure, as in the photo above; it is not the American Catholic Hymnbook itself. This is a brochure about the hymnbook.

$3.95

Hymns for Human Life
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Hymns for Human Life

By Gilligan, Michael

Hymns and metrical Psalms excerpted from the American Catholic Hymnbook, the only hymnal of its kind to feature such pro-life hymns. Each song is presented with full text, melody line, chord symbols, and commentary: Many of these songs have a Scriptural antecedent, presented on the bottom of the page. If you wish, Hymns for Human Life could be used as a supplementary hymnal, in the pews, for example, for meetings of your parish pro-life committee or for similar gatherings. The cover of this 9 x 12 booklet is in full color, of two editions of the American Catholic Hymnbook, hardcover and perfect binding. 18 pages. Please note that this item is an 18-page brochure, as in the photo above; it is not the American Catholic Hymnbook itself. This is a brochure about the hymnbook.

$4.95

Trisagion (for three-part choir)
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Trisagion (for three-part choir)

By Bortniansky, Dmytro

OVERALL DESCRIPTION...........Here presented in the form of a choral octavo, is an English-language setting of the famous Svaty Boze. First published in The Johannine Hymnal, by ACP, this setting of the Trisagion [triSAHgeeawhn], the "thrice-holy," is presented here in four languages: Latin, Greek, Old Slavonic, and English. The standard arrangement by Bortniansky is presented, much as it is sung today in the Divine Liturgy of the Ukrainian, Russian, Belarussian, Serbian, and Bulgarian Churches. Also included is a setting based upon the original arrangement of the Trisagion, as an antiphon for an entrance song at the celebration of the Eucharist, the Divine Liturgy, in the Church of Constantinople, once known as Byzantium. Both settings in this octavo are intended for use in the Roman Rite, as part of the celebration of the Mass...........MUSICAL SETTINGS IN THIS OCTAVO.......... As in Byzantine Churches, the first setting of the Trisagion in this octavo involves a threefold repetition of the antiphon: "Sancte Deus," then "Hagios ho Theos," then "Svyaty Bozhe." There follows in English the doxology, "Glory Be to the Father," then the antiphon once again, "Holy God." Alternatively, the choir could sing the entire song just in English, by singing the antiphon three times at the beginning in that language, instead of in Latin, Greek, and Old Slavonic...........HISTORICAL OVERVIEW.......... As in the early Byzantine Rite of the "Great Church," Hagia Sophia, the cathedral of Constantinople, there was a different use of the Trisagion. The second setting in this octavo represents this practice. Here, there was separate music for the choir, the people, and the cantor. All three had their own form of participation. For example, the choir would sing the antiphon three times at the beginning and at the very end of the song. In between, as the entrance procession went on, a cantor would sing the verses of a Psalm. The people would respond to each verse with a simple refrain, in this case, "Holy, Immortal One, have mercy on us." [It is also possible that the entire phrase, "Holy God," etc. served as a refrain.] Use of a simple refrain such as this enables the people to participate without looking down into a hymnal and to sing their part from memory; in this way, they would be able to look at the ministers in procession, moving through the church and into the sanctuary. The procession would conclude with the cantor singing the doxology, the "Glory Be to the Father," and the refrain repeated one last time by the people, then the antiphon once by the choir. If more verses were needed, the cantor would begin again with verse one. If fewer verses were needed, the cantor would simply cut the Psalm short and end with the doxology...........WIDESPREAD USE OF THE TRISAGION.......... For more extensive background on the history of the Trisagion, visit our ACP Publications website, for this specific octavo. Not only in Slavic and Greek-speaking regions but also in the Middle East, the Trisagion is used in the Byzantine Rite liturgies of the Melkite tradition, especially in Palestine and Egypt. Long ago, however, before the Melkites came into being, the Trisagion had spread into the Churches of Armenia, Georgia, Syria, Palestine, and Egypt, making use of the local language, rather than the original Greek. In the West, the Trisagion was widely sung in the Gallican Rite, celebrated once in present-day Ireland, Scotland, England, France, and part of Spain. There, it was sung at the beginning of Mass, after the opening greeting and again before and after the Gospel. In Rome, the Trisagion has long been sung on Good Friday, in both Greek and Latin. In many respects, then, the Trisagion is a catholic song, found throughout the world...........ABOUT THE COMPOSER.......... Dmytro Bortniansky [1751-1825] wrote this music in three parts, for soprano, alto, and bass, intending his work to be sung in the regular celebration of the Eucharist. All over Eastern Europe, the "Svyaty Bozhe" is still sung in this arrangement; the same antiphon is also used in other liturgies and in private prayer. In his generation, Bortniansky was the dominant figure in choral music in Eastern Europe, in both composition and direction. He was a remarkable, creative genius who left the Church a lasting legacy, of inestimable worth. He is still considered by many as the greatest Ukrainian composer of religious and liturgical music.

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It Is Right and Just (SATB)
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It Is Right and Just (SATB)

By Bortniansky, Dmytro

Here presented in the form of a choral octavo, saddle-stiched, with two staples, is an English-language setting of the famous Dostoyno Jest. This is a song of praise to the Virgin Mary, sung in the Byzantine Liturgy, during the Anaphora, the Eucharistic Prayer, after the invocation of the Holy Spirit, the epiclesis. In the Roman Liturgy, It Is Right and Just would be sung at another time in the celebration. This song would be especially appropriate during Advent and on Feasts of Mary, such as January 1, August 15, December 8 and 12, and similar occasions. Here is the text of this song: It is right and just to bless you, O Virgin Mary, holy, humble, ever loyal; and, among all women, O how blest are you. More honorable than the Cherubim, and beyond compare, more glorious than the Seraphim, who gave birth to Jesus Christ, the living Word of God. O Mary, Mother of the Lord, we praise you, now and forever. As well as SATB music, this booklet also provides some history of this song, pastoral notes, and biographical information about the composer, Dmytro Bortniansky.

$2.95

Hear, O Israel (SATB)
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Hear, O Israel (SATB)

By Kreutz, Robert

This SATB choral octavo is saddle-stitched, with two staples. Here is a summary of the contents: The core of Jewish liturgy, morning and evening, is the Shema [Hear, O Israel], with its blessings before and afterward. For over two thousand years, devout Jews have prayed these words over and over again. This profession of faith is central to both the Jewish and the Christian religion. It is also certainly the daily prayer of Jesus Christ; see Luke 10:26-28. The Shema, with its blessings, is included in both Lauds and Vespers in the American Catholic Hymnbook. The Shema is central to our faith, our tradition, and our union with Jesus Christ. This booklet is illustrated by the renowned Virginia Broderick. On the inside title page is an image of Jesus Christ, with the words of the Shema: "Love the Lord your God with your whole heart, with your whole soul and with all your mind." Each of the seven blessings is followed by a unison acclamation for the congregation, "Blest be God! Blest be God!" with a simple four-part accompaniment. The full text of each blessing, as in the American Catholic Hymnbook, is printed in place, in sequential order. Also included, underneath a menorah, is the Gregorian Chant Antiphon that forms the musical basis for this arrangement, Jerusalem, Surge, with its notes in traditional Chant format. Also included in this booklet is a brief history of the Shema, a listing of some books for further study, and a copy of the unison settings that can be copied, for use in the local parish or school, for the congregation. Christians and Jews both profess faith in only one God, the same God who revealed himself to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to Sarah, Rebekah, and Rachel. In opposition to those who worship other gods, those who worship other realities, we believe that there is only one God, that he alone is sovereign, that he alone is worthy of adoration. In fact, our first duty is to love him above all things. As Catholics remember from the Baltimore catechism, our first duty is "to know him, to love him, and to serve him." The seven blessings that precede and follow the Shema are themselves ancient, going back perhaps to 200 A.D. or earlier. Their form is that of the biblical berakah, which begins by praising God ["blessing" him], perhaps including a petition, and concludes with another statement of praise. Similar prayers are said during Mass by the priest, over the bread and wine, at the Preparation of the Gifts. This format of prayer, the berakah, was that used by Jesus Christ and the first Christians, especially at mealtime, other daily prayer, and at weekend worship.

$2.95

American Catholic Hymnbook Guitar Edition
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American Catholic Hymnbook Guitar Edition

By Gilligan, Michael

A spiral-bound edition of the American Catholic Hymnbook, the perfect bound edition. The advantage of this spiral binding is that guitarists and other instrumentalists need to have the hymnbook lie flat, so both hands are free to play. In content, this edition is identical to the cited perfect bound edition, with its guitar chords printed right above the melody line.

$15.95

Leaflet Missal Music Issue

By Anonymous

Saddle-stitched booklet, with two staples; with this binding, the Leaflet Missal Music Issue will hold up for a long time. There's also a beautiful cover with art by Virginia Broderick. Line art by the same artist is included within the book. Contents include about 200 hymns and metrical Psalms, each with melody line and guitar chords above the staff, to faciliate singing and accompaniment. Communal Penance Service, with songs in place, for convenience. Lauds (Morning Prayer) and Vespers (Evening Prayer), again, with songs in place, so you don't have to worry about preparing the music selection. Discount prices are available for quantities of 50 or more. This Leaflet Missal Music Issue may be used indefinitely, as long as the book holds up; you need not throw it out after one year. For further information about this book, go directly to the website, ACP Publications. As you wish, we can also provide polymer binders for the Leaflet Missal Music Issue. On the left side of the binder, you can insert the Leaflet Missal, issue by issue; or, if you wish, you could insert another hymnal of your choosing. With such a binder, the Leaflet Missal Music Issue should last for many years. That would not only save you money and trouble; it would build up the repertory your parish would know by heart, facilitating their participation.

$3.95

A Hundred Thousand Welcomes
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A Hundred Thousand Welcomes

By Gilligan, Michael

A collection of Irish melodies, with texts, from the American Catholic Hymnbook. This booklet is 9 x 12", saddle-stiched, printed on high-quality, glossy paper, needed because of the art work. A Hundred Thousand Welcomes is only 24 pages long. This collection, with its music, illustrations and full-color art, can stand on its own as a book of much interest. People of Irish or celtic heritage would find this collection valuable. For this reason, A Hundred Thousand Welcomes could be used as a supplementary songbook in any parish. Ideally, however, this booklet would serve as a help to introducing the American Catholic Hymnbook to the community. The booklet begins with a short essay, "Why Is There a Lack of Irish Hymns?" In other words, why don't we have more Irish tunes in our normal Sunday liturgy? Eleven hymns and metrical Psalms then follow, each with full text, music, and commentary. The celtic heritage introduced here is surely something worth fostering and promoting. Please note that this item is a 24-page brochure, as in the photo above; it is not the American Catholic Hymnbook itself. This is a brochure about the hymnbook.

$4.95

Virginia Broderick: Artist Extraordinary

By Mahoney, Jack

An illustrated story of the life and work of the late Virginia Broderick, one of the leading Catholic artists of the United States.

$1.95

American Catholic Press: An Introduction

By Gilligan, Michael

A brief introduction to the origins and history of American Catholic Press and the Leaflet Missal.

$1.95

Psalter: A Collection of Responsorial Psalms for Use at Mass

By Mark L. Russakoff, M.M., D.M.

A loose-leaf edition, so you can add material as you wish, or remove pages for your convenience. The binding itself is metal, sturdy and strong, for durability, and for preventing page tearing. Gregorian Chant Psalm tone settingsare provided for all the Responsorial Psalms for Sunday Mass, from the three-year Lectionary. With this book, you have easy musical settings of the Psalms for every Sunday and holyday, for the indefinite future. The refrains are reprinted, with notes, in the Leaflet Missal, Sunday by Sunday. The texts of the Psalms in this missal are marked, to coincide with the tone settings in this Psalter. Because of that, coordination is simplied among, cantor, organist, and congregation.

$39.95

Leaflet Missal Keyboard Edition

By Cirou, Joseph; Szudy Dandurand, Jeanette; Gilligan, Michael; Silvia, Helen

A loose-leaf collection, so you can conveniently add other material, as you wish. Strong, heavy-duty metal binding, to prevent page tearing. Word are in large print, for easy reading. Hymn texts are printed between staves, to avoid confusion. Hymns arranged in alphabetical order by title, so it's easy to find what you want, quickly and conveniently. This is the accompaniment book for the Leaflet Missal. Complete accompaniments for the music in the Leaflet Missal, year round. Music for cantor or song leader, so you can use refrain/verse settings for Communion, other processions, or responsorial Psalms. A clear alphabetical arrangement: Hymns and Psalms in order by title, so you can find what you need, readily. Chord symbols printed above the melody line, for guitarists and other instrumentalists. Practical grouping of some songs, according to use. For example, music for funerals is all together in one section. In the same way, there is a section for Morning Prayer and a section for evening prayer. Indexes to help your planning, including a thematic index, for easy selection. Large type and bold print, for the darkest of organ lofts. An expandable binder, so you can add other songs as you wish. Special settings for acclamations of the Mass, for example, the Kyrie and the Gospel Acclamation. That's why you need this book!

$39.95

American Catholic Hymnbook: Hardcover

By Gilligan, Michael

Comprehensive hymnal for Roman Catholic parishes, including Morning Prayer (Lauds) and Evening Prayer (Vespers), as well as a communal penance service, benediction, and much music for Mass. Excellent hymn texts, largely in contemporary, beautiful English. Two Latin settings of the Ordinary of the Mass. Acclamations in English, for children's Masses and Sunday Masses. Psalms are metrical, in regular meter, for ease in singing. Extensive indexes and companion publications, to help in planning the liturgy. For further information, go directly to the American Catholic Hymnbook page: http://www.AmericanCatholicPress.org/hymnbook.html. In content, this hardcover edition is identical to the American Catholic Hymnbook: Perfect Bound Edition and the American Catholic Hymnbook: Guitar Edition. The advantage of this hardcover edition is that it is durable, tough, and long-lasting. You should have it in the pew for many years to come. Furthermore, with your parish name embossed in gold on the front cover, this hardcover binding looks truly elegant, a credit to your parish and to your liturgy.

$19.95

American Catholic Hymnbook Perfect Bound Edition:

By Gilligan, Michael

Comprehensive hymnal for Roman Catholic parishes, including Morning Prayer (Lauds) and Evening Prayer (Vespers), as well as a communal penance service, benediction, and much music for Mass. Extensive index as well. For further information, go directly to the American Catholic Hymnbook page of our main website (http://www.AmericanCatholicPress.org/hymnbook.html).. In content, this perfect bound edition is identical to the American Catholic Hymnbook: Hardcover Edition and the American Catholic Hymnbook: Guitar Edition. In addition, a keyboard edition, in two volumes, is available from the publisher. The main advantage of this perfect bound edition is that it is relatively inexpensive. For further information on this specific edition, with its Kivar binding, go directly to the ACP Publications website. Another advantage of this edition is that it is lightweight and easy to handle. It's convenient!

$12.95

Singing the Psalms:  Why and How
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Singing the Psalms: Why and How

By Gilligan, Michael

Theological, historical, and pastoral reasons why Psalms should be sung, not recited. Introduction to the use of Gregorian Psalm tones, for singing the Responsorial Psalm at Sunday Mass. How to interpret the text, especially in view of its natural accent. Practical considerations for every parish.

$12.95