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Some people call you “traditionalists.” Sometimes you even call yourselves “traditional Catholics” or hyphenate yourselves in a similar way. Please do this no longer. You do not belong in a box on the shelf or in a museum of curiosities. You are not traditionalists: you are Catholics of the Roman rite—as am I, and as is the Holy Father. You are not second-class or somehow peculiar members of the Catholic Church because of your life of worship and your spiritual practices, which were those of innumerable saints.
— Robert Cardinal Sarah (14 Sept 2017)
The Brébeuf Hymnal • Order Yours Today!
published 3 December 2018 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.

On 25 March 2019, Seattle Books announced its immediate closure—which came as a shock. (That company took care of physically placing the orders in the mail, and proudly displayed a strong recommendation from Ignatius Press.)

The JP2 institute says they will choose a new distribution center “immediately” for the Brébeuf Hymnal.

They apologize for the inconvenience. This transition shouldn’t take long.

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

The Brébeuf Melodies

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

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 #259   •   Equal Voices   |   SOPRALTOTENRBASS

Hymn #266   •   Equal Voices   |   SOPRALTOTENRBASS

Hymn #376   •   Equal Voices   |   SOPRALTOTENRBASS

Hymn #446   •   Equal Voices   |   SOPRALTOTENRBASS

Hymn #480   •   Equal Voices   |   SOPRALTOTENRBASS

Hymn #712   •   Equal Voices   |   SOPRALTOTENRBASS

Hymn #868   •   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.

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.

    * *  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)

Organ Accompaniments and Choral Edition:

The fantastic organ accompaniment book (and choral version)—using a technique you’ll love—will be released soon:

    * *  PDF Download • Update! — Re: Brébeuf Accompaniments

That update was given on 10 February 2019.



NOTES FROM THIS ARTICLE:

1   Those who have seen advance copies say it’s absolutely unique in every way. It was produced by the JP2 institute with assistance from members of Corpus Christi Watershed. Jeffrey Ostrowski was chosen to lead the editorial team. Some of the source material collected by the production team can be downloaded here. The physical books are being produced by the same company that prints books for IGNATIUS PRESS: Thomson-Shore/Seattle Books.

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.