Today, I helped my wonderful pastor go through pew-by-pew and switch out our old OCP hymnals for the new Vatican II Hymnal at St. Patrick Parish in Cottage Grove. I am ecstatic! I am really looking forward to this Sunday when we will use them for the first weekend.
Ok, actually, we’ll use them tomorrow, but there’s no hymns on Friday mornings, just propers
The parish is really starting to look and sound like a Catholic parish! new tabernacle coming in (soon), new hymnals, gregorian chant, and in the long term: a real choir loft, organ, altar rail, BOTH forms of the Roman Rite, etc, etc…
Below is a quick overview of the type of music found in each hymnal. Now in OCP’s defense, there is some good stuff in there, but not much, which means we’ve been using a lot of the same hymns while we were waiting for the new hymnals.
When listening to the music below, keep the following in mind:
The more closely a composition for church approaches in its movement, inspiration and savor the Gregorian form, the more sacred and liturgical it becomes; and the more out of harmony it is with that supreme model, the less worthy it is of the temple.
– Tra le Sollecitudini, no 3.
Vatican II Hymnal (incoming)
Out with the old…
…and in with the new!