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Re-Envisioning Past Musical Cultures: Ethnomusicology in the Study of Gregorian Chant
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Re-Envisioning Past Musical Cultures: Ethnomusicology in the Study of Gregorian Chant

By Jeffery, Peter

The author, Professor Peter Jeffery, taught at Princeton for many years; he was recently accepted on the faculty of Notre Dame.  He is considered a first-rate scholar, especially on the history of Gregorian Chant.  In this book, he ofers an innovative approach, to help us understand how chant melodies were created and performed.  He identifies elements of chant that resemble otheroral traditions in non-Western cultures.  He also shows how music historians can take into account various contexts of development, namely social, cultural, and anthropological influences.  This 1995 paperback edition is a reprint of the 1992 edition, which was well received by scholars in the field. 

$39.95

From Age to Age: How Christians Have Celebrated the Eucharist
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From Age to Age: How Christians Have Celebrated the Eucharist

By Foley, Edward

Father Anthony Ruff, OSB, describes this book in these words: "This is an excellent historical survey of the development of the Christian celebration, with very helpful treatment of developments in architecture, music, books, vessels and eucharistic theology in each major era. Running alongside the text are well-chosen quotations, photographs, diagrams, and musical examples. Each chapter ends with a delightful story, suggesting what it must have been like for real people who celebrated the Eucharist. This second, revised edition is nearly twice as long as the original. Readers will welcome the addition of eucharistic theology to each chapter, as well as expansion of the quotations and accompanying material. This will be an indispensable text for teachers and students. Congratulations to the author for this achievement. Very highly recommended!" Professor Teresa Berger says about this book: "What a rich feast of insight, knowledge, and information about eucharistic history and practice through the centuries! The liturgical tradition--in both its vibrant diversity and its lively engagement with material reality, the visual arts, music and architecture--truly comes alive in this volume. From Age to Age is a must for anyone interested in how Christians have celebrated the sacrament of God's real presence in ever-changing contexts."

$34.95

From Age to Age: How Christians Have Celebrated the Eucharist
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From Age to Age: How Christians Have Celebrated the Eucharist

By Foley, Edward

In this book, the author details the history of the Christian Eucharist, the Mass, from its beginnings in Jewish liturgy to the present. Father Foley, OFM, Cap., does not deal just with the texts of the Mass; he also provides extensive commentary on architecture, music, and sacred vessels. This book is profusely illustrated with drawings, maps, music, and photographs. The book concludes with an extensive glossary, a chapter-by-chapter bibliography, and a 19-page index. Such documentation bears witness to the Father Foley's scholarship and reliability. The author holds a Ph.D. in liturgical studies from the University of Notre Dame, from the early 1970s. His work, as you would expect, is well researched and theologically oriented. Father Foley also has done graduate work in music and so is especially sensitive to this dimension of Christian celebration. He is currently professor of liturgy and music at the Catholic Theological Union (CTU) in Chicago.

$18.00

Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship
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Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship

By Music Subcommittee of the Committee of Divine Worship of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

On November 14, 2007, this document was approved by the entire body of Latin Rite bishops of the Catholic Church in the U.S. Sing to the Lord is a successor to Music in Catholic Worship (1972) and Liturgical Music Today (1983), both authored by the Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy, now renamed the Committee on Divine Worship. This document begins, appropriately, with a section entitled "Why We Sing." The authors provide a sound rationale for singing within the liturgy, as part of the liturgy. Moreover, this section a clear emphasis on the teaching of the Second Vatican Council, in its Constitution on the Liturgy. That teaching is normative: "Full and active participation by all the people is the aim to be considered before all else." That participation, said the Council, is the "primary and indispensable source of the Christian spirit." Sing to the Lord considers not only music in the Mass but also in the Liturgy of the Hours, in the sacraments, in other liturgical rites, and in devotions. In some cases, liturgical reforms of the previous generation have not been rejected; they have simply not been tried. Here's one example. In 1972, Music in Catholic Worship put a low priority on the singing of litanies in the liturgy, such as the Prayer of the Faithful, the General Intercessions, and the the third form of the penitential rite. Now, the Instiutio Generalis of 2002 and Sing to the Lord of 2008 both emphasize the importance of singing such litanies and other forms of dialogue in the liturgy. In this respect, the principle of "progressive solemnity" is reversed, with good reason. Dialogues of this kind should indeed be sung, as a matter of course. Sing to the Lord would be valuable for any priest, deacon, musician, or member of a liturgy planning committee. This document gives all of us clear guidance from official documents and pastoral experience. Don't leave home without it.

$9.95

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

The Collegeville Hymnal: Organ Accompaniment (two volumes)
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The Collegeville Hymnal: Organ Accompaniment (two volumes)

By McKenna, Edward

The binding for these two volumes is unusual. The outside of the spine is attached only at the sides. This an "ease" binding that allows the book to lie open or flat, without plastic or metal edges to get in the way. Vertical page format ("portrait"), as opposed to landscape.

$55.00

St. Anthony's Parish Hymnal

By Hesse, John

A smyth-sewn book, with an excellent hard cover, brown with gold imprint on front cover and spine. Collection of hymns for the parish of St. Anthony's, Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada, perhaps around 1990. No music, just texts, typeset and well printed; an alphabetical index concludes the book. This hymnal is an example of what a parish can do, with the time and resources available. The song selection also provides a good indication of what people were singing at Mass in this time period in this location.

$12.95

New Hymns for the Lectionary
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New Hymns for the Lectionary

By Doran, Carol and Troeger, Thomas

Carol Doran here has prepared keyboard accompaniments for texts written by Thomas Troeger. The introduction explains how these hymns were written and tested and how they may be introduced in a parish setting. In this book, the format is the same for each hymn. The verses are provided under a melody line; there are no chords symbols above the staff, but a four-part keyboard accompaniment is provided underneath. The book concludes with several indexes. One of the most valuable of these indexes associates each Sunday with a specific hymn. The hymns in this collection were written for Year B of the Lectionary, that making use of the Gospel of Mark. The melodies Carol Doran has created match the texts well and are eminently suited for congregation use. The texts of Thomas Troeger are compelling and valuable. 132 pages.

$12.95

Music for the Mass

By Smith, Geoffrey Boulton

This congregation edition provides both text and melody for various parts of the Eucharist: Part One: Complete Mass Settings and extracts. Part Two: Mass Settings, Extracts and Individual Items for the Ordinary. Part Thee: Music for Other Parts of the Mass (entry, Gospel Acclamation, etc.) This collection includes some Taize' music, some rounds, and much original composition. 152 musical items.

$12.95

Visa Zeme Kungam Dzied [Latvian Catholic Songbook: All the Earth Sings to the Lord]

By Jance, Marta and Jermaka, Rita

With a beautiful blue cover, this hymnal from Latvia includes many songs copyrighted by American Catholic Press, translated into Latvian. The songs in this book have a melody line, with guitar chord symbols above the staff.

$29.95

Catholic Family Hymnal

By Hurley, Dermot

A collection, typed, without musical notes, of hymns sung in Fiji. 482 hymns. The editor, Father Dermot Hurley, says in the preface that he spent so much time over four years editing this hymnal that he neglected the people of his parish. Canticle of the Gift is at number 277.

$19.95

Du wirst ein Segen sein: neue Lieder fuer Gottesdienst und Gemeinde

By Maderner, P. Karl

German-language hymnal, presenting contemporary songs, including Canticle of the Gift. Tablature for guitar, on three pages. Remarkably, some songs are in the English language: Away in a Manger, Blowin' in the Wind, Go Tell It on the Mountain, He's Got the Whole World in His Hands, Heaven is a Wonderful Place,Kumbayah, Lord, I Want to Be a Christian, My Lord, What a Morning, Nobody Knows, O What a Gift, Rock My Soul, Swing Low, To Everything, Wait for the Lord,and Were You There. Most songs, to be sure, are in German; some are in Latin. Chord symbols are provided throughout.

$39.95

Lead Me: Guide Me

By Lyke, James P. and Norvel, William

This is an African American hymnal, for use in Catholic churches in the U.S. of the Latin Rite. Introductory material by Sister Thea Bowman, F.S.P.A., and Father J-Glenn Murray, S.J.

$15.00

Glory and Praise

By [Onley, Dan]

With the Order of Mass, this hymnal provides the contemporary songs that were popular in the 1970s and 1980s in the U.S., in Catholic churches. The covers, somewhat worn, are in blue. Glory and Praise first came out in 1977; this 1984 edition includes few changes from the first edition.

$2.00

Adoremus Hymnal: Pew Edition, The
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Adoremus Hymnal: Pew Edition, The

By Adoremus

This pew edition of The Adoremus Hymnal provides the Order of Mass, in both English and Latin, on facing pages. Complete indexes, too. Two ribbons. Durable, smyth-sewn binding. 329 pages. This much anticipated Adoremus Hymnal draws on the rich treasury of the Catholic tradition that will inspire Catholics to want to sing the great sacred music of our heritage. Beautifully bound, this hymnal is much more than a collection of hymns. Following the general plan in Musicam Sacram, this hymnal consists of three major sections: the Order of the Mass; musical settings for the Ordinary of the Mass; and a selection of over 170 of the most beautiful hymns ever written--for every season of the liturgical year and other feasts and holidays. All three sections include Latin and English selections. In addition to this pew edition, there are also a choir edition and an organ edition. The music was selected on the basis of beauty, holiness, Catholic tradition, theological integrity, familiarity and simplicity. All the music is within the capabilities of every Catholic parish. Special Features of This Hymnal: This book follows the principles of the Second Vatican Council's Constitution on the Liturgy and the post-Conciliar Instruction On Sacred Music. The Adoremus Hymnalprovides a carefully made but ample selection of the best hymns--both English and Latin--of the Church's tradition, as well as hymns more recently composed. This hymnal includes Gregorian and English chant settings for the Ordinaries (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei). Music for this book was selected by a committee of church musicians, parish priests, religious and laity (the ones who will be doing the singing!) The Adoremus Hymnal includes the entire Order of Mass in Latin and English, with music for acclamations and responses. This hymnal is beautifully and sturdily bound, with two ribbons, using the highest quality acid-free natural paper. In this book, many traditional Latin hymns are in both Latin and English version (e.g., Ave Maria, Veni, veni Emmanuel). All English hymns appear exactly as in what the editors consider the most familiar English texts (retaining sacred language--"thee" and "thou"--and using standard English--"brother," "man," and "mankind," not inclusive language). "The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as a combination of sacred music and words, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn liturgy. . . . Therefore sacred music is to be considered the more holy, the more closely connected it is with the liturgical action." -- Vatican Council II, Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Constition on the Sacred Liturgy. "The Church recognizes Gregorian Chant as being specially suited to the Roman liturgy. Therefore, other things being equal, it should be given pride of place in liturgical services." -- Vatican Council II, Sacrosanctum Concilium ". . . It is desirable also that an edition [of Gregorian chant] be prepared containing simpler melodies for use in smaller churches." -- Vatican Council II, Sacrosanctum Concilium

$19.95

Adoremus Hymnal: Choir Edition, The
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Adoremus Hymnal: Choir Edition, The

By Adoremus

This book includes the Order of Mass, in both English and Latin, on facing pages. Gregorian Chant is presented for unison singing. Hymns, however, are herein presented in traditional, four-part arrangements. Complete Indexes, too. Two ribbons. Durable, smyth-sewn binding. 424 pages. The much anticipated Adoremus Hymnal draws on the rich treasury of the Catholic tradition that will inspire Catholics to want to sing the great sacred music of our heritage. Beautifully bound, this hymnal is much more than a collection of hymns. Following the general plan in Musicam Sacram, this hymnal consists of three major sections: the Order of the Mass; musical settings for the Ordinary of the Mass; and a selection of over 170 of the most beautiful hymns ever written--for every season of the liturgical year and other feasts and holidays. All three sections include Latin and English selections. In addition to this choir edition, there are also a pew edition and an organ edition. This choir edition includes harmonization for all hymns. The music was selected on the basis of beauty, holiness, Catholic tradition, theological integrity, familiarity and simplicity. All the music is within the capabilities of every Catholic parish. Special Features of This Hymnal: This book follows the principles of the Second Vatican Council's Constitution on the Liturgy and the post-Conciliar Instruction On Sacred Music. The Adoremus Hymnalprovides a carefully made but ample selection of the best hymns--both English and Latin--of the Church's tradition, as well as hymns more recently composed. This hymnal includes Gregorian and English chant settings for the Ordinaries (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei). Music for this book was selected by a committee of church musicians, parish priests, religious and laity (the ones who will be doing the singing!) The Adoremus Hymnal includes the entire Order of Mass in Latin and English, with music for acclamations and responses. This hymnal is beautifully and sturdily bound, with two ribbons, using the highest quality acid-free natural paper. In this book, many traditional Latin hymns are in both Latin and English version (e.g., Ave Maria, Veni, veni Emmanuel). All English hymns appear exactly as in what the editors consider the most familiar English texts (retaining sacred language--"thee" and "thou"--and using standard English--"brother," "man," and "mankind," not inclusive language). "The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as a combination of sacred music and words, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn liturgy. . . . Therefore sacred music is to be considered the more holy, the more closely connected it is with the liturgical action." -- Vatican Council II, Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Constition on the Sacred Liturgy. "The Church recognizes Gregorian Chant as being specially suited to the Roman liturgy. Therefore, other things being equal, it should be given pride of place in liturgical services." -- Vatican Council II, Sacrosanctum Concilium ". . . It is desirable also that an edition [of Gregorian chant] be prepared containing simpler melodies for use in smaller churches." -- Vatican Council II, Sacrosanctum Concilium

$19.95

People's Mass Book

By People's Mass Book Committee

This was the hymnal that sold hundreds of thousands of copies back in the 1960s, the hymnal that really put Omer Westendorf's company, World Library, on the map.

$15.00

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.

$2.95

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

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