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“In all this mediaeval religious poetry there is much that we could not use now. Many of the hymns are quite bad, many are frigid compositions containing futile tricks, puns, misinterpreted quotations of Scripture, and twisted concepts, whose only point is their twist. But there is an amazing amount of beautiful poetry that we could still use. If we are to have vernacular hymns at all, why do we not have translations of the old ones?”
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

“Beatus Vir Editions” Announces New Publication
published 1 September 2017 by Guest Author

4524 • BEATUS VIR EDITIONS WE HAVE RECEIVED word from BEATUS VIR EDITIONS of a new publication with fresh contemporary settings by Roman Catholic composer Royce Nickel.

Press release by BEATUS VIR EDITIONS:

UBLISHED IN HONOR of Saint Therese of Lisieux, this comprehensive collection contains settings of the Lectionary Chants for every Sunday in the Roman calendar, the principal solemnities and feasts, and for various sacred rites, including weddings, funerals, and confirmation. There is a Vocalist’s Edition and an Organist’s Edition, each including the complete cycle of psalm and alleluia settings. The Psalm Responses and Alleluias are set in a simple yet beautiful modal style: melodic simplicity guarantees ease of use for cantor and congregation, while the modal style evokes the beauty of the sacred. For the Alleluias, seven different melodies are provided, changing in the course of the Church year to mark the seasons. The verses to be sung by cantor or choir employ the traditional Gregorian psalm tones. Whereas the psalm settings use the simpler Office tones, the Gospel Acclamation verses feature the more ornate Mass tones, the greater solemnity of style heralding the reading of the Gospel, the high point of the Liturgy of the Word. The Organist’s Edition conveniently presents the Responsorial Psalm and the Gospel Acclamation for each feast on facing pages, avoiding the need for page turns. An appendix provides a scriptural index of the psalm settings for purposes of liturgical planning.

A sample page (Psalm and Alleluia) can be downloaded:

    * *  Sample page courtesy of BEATUS VIR EDITIONS

We are grateful for this notification by BEATUS VIR EDITIONS and hope that other publishing companies will continue to contact us with new offerings so we can help spread the word.

The book is being sold through Lulu publishing:

    * * • Organ Edition

    * * • Vocalist Edition