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Questions & Answers

Would it make sense to buy a large consignment of these Campion Missals when most people in our congregation already have their own personal Sunday or Daily Missals?

It is true that some of the various “hand missals” have excerpts from the Kyriale, a few hymns, and the Propers. However, the idea behind the Campion Missal was to create a book that can be placed in the pews of Extraordinary Form parishes. Then, everybody can be “on the same page” when it comes to singing the hymns or the Ordinarium Missae (and we have included all eighteen chant Masses). Those who prefer their Daily Missals to the Campion Missal are still free to use them during Mass, although they might find it easier to use the Campion Missal, since it avoids all page turns and has much larger print than the Daily Missals. Furthermore, some people have noted how difficult it is (especially for parents with many children) to carry Daily Missals back and forth to Church. Not only that, but many people have expressed annoyance with having to go back and forth between the “Red Missal” and the bulletin where the Sundays Propers are printed in some parishes. It is also important to realize that many Daily Missals are “out of date” regarding the ceremonies of 1962. Even if a Daily Missal contains a few hymns, there is absolutely no guarantee that the words will be identical to what is in someone else’s Daily Missal, because there are many different versions for most hymns. The color pictures are a major bonus for those attending a Latin Mass for the first time. For all these reasons, we believe that parishes will want to purchase the Campion Missal for the pews, if for no other reason than having an extensive collection of superb hymns in the vernacular.

There is no music given for the TE DEUM: only the translation. Why?

Since our book is for the pews, we could not include every piece of Gregorian chant ever written. Such a book would be many thousands of pages long. Furthermore, at the Traditional Mass, the “Te Deum” would normally be sung by the choir.

The index says 19 Chant Masses instead of 18. Why?

Because the Requiem Mass is also included in our book. That makes nineteen.

How does your book compare to the “Traditional Roman Hymnal” put out by the SSPX?

The two books are quite different in their scope and purpose. For instance, our book is meant for use by the congregation. For this reason, we include about 150 beautiful, traditional hymns in the vernacular that are dignified and easy to sing. We include a sizable number of “rare” hymns as well as a sizable number of “well-known” hymns. On the other hand, the “Traditional Roman Hymnal” was created for use by Religious houses, SATB choirs, and other groups. It consists primarily of musical pieces and prayers that would NOT be used by the congregation. The “Traditional Roman Hymnal” does contain a small repertoire of congregational hymnody, but most of the tunes and texts are not very well known. Furthermore, they use unconventional techniques in their SATB harmonizations like parallel octaves and parallel fifths, which our book avoids. In conclusion, the major difference between the “Traditional Roman Hymnal” and the “Campion Missal & Hymnal” is that our book was intended for use by the congregation.

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