I’ve never encountered
such a prolific and astoundingly
interesting hymnal, that
includes researched and
annotated writings as
the Brébeuf hymnal.
I just read it for an hour and
I’ve barely scratched the surface.
I’m hanging on every word.
It is just as much a lesson
in theology, Christian tradition,
the history of sacred hymnody,
and inspiring Christian bio-epic
of the North American martyrs
as it is a hymnal. It could easily
stand as a primary text
to a course, and is almost
overkill as a pew aid.
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—“Catholic Organist Group” screenshot on 7 February 2020.
Last night during rehearsal, I opened up the Brébeuf pew book and was almost moved to tears. The typesetting, the drop caps, the intricate details…wonderful stuff:
I’m beyond thrilled that we are able to sing the beautiful hymn for Septuagesima (“Rebus Creatis Nil Egens”) during Septuagesima. How cool is that? The Brébeuf hymnal is the only hymn book which provides settings for it in English, to say nothing of the gorgeous literal translation by an FSSP priest.