OW THAT PEOPLE have been receiving the Brébeuf Hymnal, we have been hearing the most wonderful comments—people can’t believe how beautiful it is! On the telephone, folks have said: “I’ve been waiting my whole life for a Catholic hymnal like this.” Several have been intrigued by the color pages, which include samples of plainsong with Indian languages instead of Latin. 1
Folks, this is a real thing! Thousands of pages were created and printed in the 19th century. Check out how Mass VIII appeared in an Iroquoian Graduale from 1865:
Questions about this stuff should be directed to Mr. Claudio Salvucci, who knows more about it than anyone else. Mr. Salvucci recently reviewed the Brébeuf Hymnal.
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1 Saint Jean de Brébeuf was one of the first Europeans to learn these languages, and you can read all about it in the preface to the Brébeuf Hymnal.