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“I have, on the other hand, retained several more or less traditional tunes, absolutely valueless and without merit from a musical point of view, but which seem to have become a necessity if a book is to appeal—as I hope this one will—to the varied needs of various churches.”
— A. Edmonds Tozer (1905)
St. Jean de Brébeuf Hymnal • Order Yours Today!
published 29 April 2019 by Corpus Christi Watershed

85194 The St. Jean de Brébeuf Hymnal HE MOST CATHOLIC hymnal to appear in seventy years has been met with unstinted praise from informed critics. Specialists from across the globe (both priests and laity) worked diligently for five years to produce a hymnal based upon excellence: excellent texts, excellent tunes, and excellent translations. 1

This pew book does not “build upon” or mimic Protestant hymnals; instead, authentic Catholic hymnody forms its core. 2 The English translations by priests and bishops are breathtaking, especially those of Fr. John Fitzpatrick.

    * *  Order a single copy  [ 932 pages ]

Those who order 100+ copies can do so for just $25.99 per book!  Send an email with “bulk discount” in your subject to

REMINDER: The average Catholic parish spends about $7,000 per year on missalettes tossed in the garbage every few months. On the contrary, the Brébeuf Hymnal is hardcover—of the highest quality (sewn binding)—and will last for decades.

The Brébeuf Pew Edition is distributed exclusively by the Aero corporation (Michigan). It was produced by the JP2 institute with assistance from members of Corpus Christi Watershed. The sensational melodies found in the Brébeuf Hymnal have been described as “simple, memorable, and hauntingly beautiful”—composed by such artists as Flor Peeters, Kevin Allen, Richard Clark, Peter LeJeune, Alfred Calabrese, and more. Singable tunes have been painstakingly shared amongst various texts, recognizing that too many Catholic congregations know just a handful of hymns really well. No effort has been spared in this regard. 3

    * *  (Video) • “Using the Brébeuf Index Correctly”

Rehearsal Videos

In conjunction with the JP2 institute, Watershed will be providing hundreds of rehearsal videos for this hymnal…absolutely free of charge!  Listen to these examples:

Hymn #006   •   Equal Voices   |   SOPRALTOTENRBASS

Hymn #84   •   Equal Voices   |   SOPRALTOTENRBASS

Hymn #259   •   Equal Voices   |   SOPRALTOTENRBASS

Hymn #266   •   Equal Voices   |   SOPRALTOTENRBASS

Hymn #282   •   Equal Voices   |   SOPRALTOTENRBASS

Hymn #376   •   Equal Voices   |   SOPRALTOTENRBASS

Hymn #446   •   Equal Voices   |   SOPRALTOTENRBASS

Hymn #450   •   Equal Voices   |   SOPRALTOTENRBASS

Hymn #480   •   Equal Voices   |   SOPRALTOTENRBASS

Hymn #712   •   Equal Voices   |   SOPRALTOTENRBASS

Hymn #868   •   Equal Voices   |   SOPRALTOTENRBASS

Hymn #875   •   Equal Voices   |   SOPRALTOTENRBASS

Hymn #876   •   Equal Voices   |   SOPRALTOTENRBASS

Catholic Texts & Translations

In addition to sublime melodies, the Brébeuf Hymnal also contains magnificent texts by contemporary Catholic priests such as Fr. Christopher Phillips, Fr. Dominic Popplewell, and Fr. Dylan Schrader. At the same time, this book preserves the very best from the past, especially gems found in such publications as the New Westminster Hymnal (1939), Mediator Dei Hymnal (1955), London Oratory Hymn Book (1998), and Theodore Marier’s famous 1983 hymnal. Moreover, you will discover superb texts—written in metrical English and set to gloriously singable tunes—by Saint Thomas More, Saint Philip Howard, and Saint Robert Southwell.

Third Party Review • Fr. Christopher Smith (7 Dec 2018)|
Draft Pages • Exclusive Photographs (7 Dec 2018)|
Third Party Review • Mr. Claudio Salvucci (14 Dec 2018)|
Photographs • “First Look” Images (9 Jan 2019)|
Essay • What Are “Common” Hymn Melodies? (6 May 2019)|
Essay • A New Approach To Sing SATB (30 May 2019)|
Essay • What Makes A “Catholic” Hymnal? (24 April 2019)|
Essay • Do Composers Of Hymns Follow Rules? (9 July 2019)

The Brébeuf Hymnal is the only source containing literal translations (as well as rhyming translations set to music) of certain rare hymns, such as Non Abluunt Lymphae Deum, Rebus Creatis Nil Egens, Rex Sempiterne Domine, Salve Caput Cruentatum, Sancti Venite, Victis Sibi Cognomina, Agnoscat Omne Saeculum, Hoste Dum Victo Triumphans, Jam Desinant Suspiria, and Ave Vivens Hostia (complete). This allows congregations to better understand the genius of Catholic poets who created these singable translations.

Organ Accompaniment:

    * *  (Vol. 1 of 3) • For pages 006-306 of the Pew Edition

    * *  (Vol. 2 of 3) • For pages 312-564 of the Pew Edition

    * *  (Vol. 3 of 3) • For pages 653-876 of the Pew Edition

These accompaniments must be used in conjunction with the Pew Edition, which contains more comprehensive indices and complete information about hymn sources, translators, theology, text sharing, melody sharing, copyright, and so forth. Every hymn with notes in the Pew Edition has been given an organ accompaniment. Out of respect for organists who simultaneously serve as cantors, each verse has been written out!
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View sample pages from the Brébeuf organ accompaniment.

Choral Supplement:

Effective 24 April 2019: Whenever a parish purchases the Brébeuf Hymnal, the music director is immediately provided with a DVD containing all choral arrangements, and can freely print any copies necessary. To qualify, a parish must purchase at least 100 copies of the Pew Edition. The scores printed from the DVD may conveniently be placed inside The Black Folder, or something similar. To understand how the Choral Supplement sounds, purchase the organ accompaniment or listen to the videos above.

The Choral Supplement is marvelous, and has been praised by informed critics. Nonetheless, the normal way to involve a congregation in hymn singing is “German style” (unison with organ).


Contact the John Paul II Institute with questions about the Brébeuf Hymnal.


1   Jeffrey Ostrowski, a music theorist, was chosen to lead the editorial team, which consisted of Catholics from all over the world: both laity and priests. Some of the source material collected by the production team can be downloaded here.

2   We did include a few texts—e.g. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing—written by Protestant authors; but such texts constitute a tiny, inconsequential percentage.

3   The Brébeuf Hymnal was created by and for choirmasters and priests working in real parishes across the globe; it is the antithesis of a theoretical exercise.