Illuminare Publications (pronounced Il-lu-min-áh-ray) is a publisher of liturgical and sacred music resources that was founded in 2011 in order to respond and contribute to the growing interest in the renewal of the sacred liturgy, especially in the area of sacred music. Our aim is to assist in the “new era of liturgical renewal” (Liturgiam Authenticam § 7) that is well underway in the life of the Church. We are committed to fostering and publishing sacred music resources that are born of the mind of the Church and faithful to her liturgical norms and authentic teaching.
We are rooted in the liturgical theology of the 20th century Liturgical Movement, in the authentic teachings of the Second Vatican Council, and in the liturgical writings of Pope Benedict XVI. The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy called for the liturgical rites to “shine forth with noble simplicity” (“nobili simplicitate fulgeant…” Cf. Sacrosanctum Concilium § 34) and this is exactly what Illuminare (literally meaning “to illuminate”) seeks to enable in the liturgical life of the parishes of the United States and throughout the English-speaking world.
Illuminare Publications in no small way seeks to rediscover the inspiration of the ancient illuminated manuscript tradition. And like the ancient monks who painstakingly crafted these timeless works of art which emanated liturgical text and music from their pages, we are committed to the standards of excellence that the sacred liturgy demands. In a world that is consumed with passing fads and disposable novelties, Illuminare Publications is committed to crafting liturgical resources that will endure, both in form and content, and that are deeply rooted in beauty, truth and goodness.
We believe that the sacred music of the liturgy fundamentally belongs to the entire Church, and is the cultural inheritance of all peoples in all places. It is for this reason that our publications are grounded in an open distribution model and are licensed in the Creative Commons. In this way they can be shared and used openly by all and can be allowed to spread like the faith itself, to all the ends of the earth.
Illuminare Publications is edited by Adam Bartlett, composer and editor of Simple English Propers (CMAA 2011), and editor of the Lumen Christi Series. A parish and cathedral music director of more that 10 years, and student of music (Arizona State University), liturgy (Liturgical Institute, USML) and Gregorian chant (under Fr. Columba Kelly, OSB), Adam teaches, speaks and writes extensively on topics of liturgical music.