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Father Gabriel Lalemant won the crown the martyrdom on 17 March 1649. The smallest and most delicate in health among all the Jesuit missionaries, he had in six months won, by his iron will and unwavering determination, a martyr's end, in companionship with the spiritual and physical giant of the missions, Jean de Brébeuf.
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A lot of the favoured new settings are musically illiterate, almost is if they were written by semi-trained teenagers, getting to grips with musical rudiments. The style is stodgy and sentimental, tonally and rhythmically stilted, melodically inane and adored by Catholic clergy “of a certain age.” Some Catholic dioceses run courses for wannabe composers to perpetuate this style. It is a scandal. People with hardly any training and experience of even the basic building blocks of music have been convinced that there is a place for their puerile stumblings and fumblings in the modern Catholic Church because real musicians are elitist and off-putting.
— James MacMillan (20 November 2013)
The Vatican II Hymnal is the only Hymnal . . .
published 7 August 2011 by Corpus Christi Watershed

When it comes to reproducing Liturgical texts, the USCCB has rules for all kinds of circumstances.

4. In particular, from the approved liturgical books to the simplest participation aids, publications should provide the greatest possible diversity and options, as expected by the liturgical reform.

36. The reformed liturgy offers a variety of options, encourages ministerial creativity, and at times admits a diversity of forms. The participation aid should be so designed as not to establish, once and for all, a single or rigid pattern of liturgical celebration.

37. The arrangement or selection of liturgical texts must not result in the suppression of alternatives and options for the congregation (or for the celebrant and other ministers, as applicable).

Taken from the USCCB guidelines. The British guidelines also have these exact directives.

QUESTION:

Is the Vatican II Hymnal the only “participation aid” in existence which fulfills the requirements of the USCCB?

I have not found a single other publication which includes certain IMPORTANT options.

For example, Catholics have a choice after the first reading: Gradual or Responsorial Psalm?

But every book, hymnal, missal, and order of worship I have ever seen SUPRESSES the option of the Gradual by not including it on even a single Sunday or Feast.

In the Vatican II Hymnal, every single Proper is included IN ADDITION to the other options (Gospel Acclamation, Responsorial Psalm, etc.)