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!