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Catholic hymns

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 Contents - May 2005AD2000 May 2005 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Challenges facing John Paul II's successor Benedict XVI - Michael Gilchrist
'Santo Subito': the impact of John Paul II - Peter Westmore
News: The Church Around the World
Year of Eucharist: Religious education: Catholic youth have their say - Shannon Donahoo
Catholic beliefs and practices: the challenge ahead for Australia - Michael Gilchrist
The Da Vinci Code and the itching ears syndrome - John Young
UK survey: why church pews are emptying
St Patrick's Church, Soho Square, a spiritual oasis in London - Tess Livingstone
Bioethics: IVF and embryonic stem cell research: the social and ethical issues - Kerrie Allen
Letters: Appeal to the young - Justin Lynch
Letters: God's Champion - Robert Garrett
Letters: Theology at ACU - Henk Verhoeven
Letters: Overseas priests - Jenny Bruty
Letters: Priest shortage - Jeff Harvie
Letters: Heroic virtue - Bob Denahy
Letters: Catholic education - Geoff Storey
Letters: Private revelations - Anne Boyce
Letters: Sex before marriage - Dr Arnold Jago
Letters: Society of St Pius X - Stephen McInerney
Letters: Ecclesial unity - Meg Fennell
Letters: Correcting pastoral blunders - Kevin McManus
Letters: Catholic hymns - Dolores Lightbody
Letters: Latin Mass Times in Hobart - Kevin Tighe
Letters: Corpus Christi Procession in Brisbane - Josie Mangano
Books: Sacred and Secular Scriptures / The Catholic Revival in English Literature - David Birch (reviewer)
Books: A GENTLE JESUIT: Philip Caraman SJ, by June Rockett - George Russo (reviewer)
Books: Remembering Pope John Paul II
Reflection: Pope John Paul II and the redemptive power of suffering - Fr Paul Stuart

I have some good news for Bruce Dawe ("The Salami Treatment", December 2004-January 2005 AD2000) and others like him who love and understand the value of hymns.

Catholics now have means to hear and sing some of the beautiful hymns which have been sung around Australia for decades through a collection of 132 of them recently released under the title of "A Heritage of Traditional Catholic Hymns".

The collection is made up of six albums each containing 22 hymns which can be obtained separately or in a box set on CD or audio cassette. Gathered together are selections of hymns sung in the Liturgy of the Mass, hymns for the various seasons of the Church, a wide variety of hymns for devotions and feast days (including Latin hymns with translations) and those to popular saints such as St Joseph, St Anne, St Anthony, St Therese and the angels.

Each album is accompanied by a 32 page colour booklet containing all the words of the hymns and the birth and death dates of the composer and lyricists to help identify the period from which the hymn comes.

Decorating the booklets are over 100 photos with notes which include reproductions of old masters as well an impressive number of photos of people, places and events from Catholic history in Australia.

St Augustine said: "This also is our daily bread: the readings you hear each day in church and the hymns you hear and sing. All these are necessities for our pilgrimage."

Hymn singing has never been limited to the time we participate at Mass or devotions in church. Early Christians could be heard singing hymns from their prison cells and hymns have also been sung in homes in the prayer life of the family or during prayer group meetings.

For a free catalogue which lists all the hymns and gives details of each booklet write to The Cantabile Singers Inc, PO Box 3162, Loganholme, Qld 4129, or phone: (07) 3807 1310 or (07) 3287 5320

DOLORES LIGHTBODY
Beenleigh, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 18 No 4 (May 2005), p. 15

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