We are very happy to offer the most Catholic hymnal to appear in seventy years that has been met with unstinted praise from informed critics. Specialists from across the globe (both priests and laity) worked diligently for five years to produce this hymnal based upon excellence: excellent texts, excellent tunes, and excellent translations.
This pew book does not “build upon” or mimic Protestant hymnals; instead, authentic Catholic hymnody forms its core. The English translations by priests and bishops are breathtaking, especially those of Fr. John Fitzpatrick. The sensational melodies found in the Brébeuf Hymnal have been described as “simple, memorable, and hauntingly beautiful”—composed by such artists as Flor Peeters, Kevin Allen, Richard Clark, Peter LeJeune, Alfred Calabrese, and more. Singable tunes have been painstakingly shared amongst various texts, recognizing that too many Catholic congregations know just a handful of hymns really well. No effort has been spared in this regard.