We hope that you had a restful Summer, and a good beginning to your Fall. At Illuminare, we have been very busy at work on many things, most especially on bringing the next addition to the Lumen Christi Series to publication this Fall.
At long last, the Lumen Christi Hymnal is now available for pre-order! It will begin shipping on October 1st—in just two short weeks.
The Lumen Christi Hymnal is a companion hymnal to the Lumen Christi Missal and Lumen Christi Simple Gradual. It is truly a hymnal in the clearest sense of the word: a book of hymns that is truly Catholic, and fitting for liturgical and devotional use.
It is comprised of two distinct parts:
The first part contains 170 general hymns that cover the liturgical year, representing the “core repertoire” of reliable, traditional hymnody that has emerged and stabilized in recent decades. The texts are theologically sound—spared from needless alterations and the flattening of gender-neutrality—and the tunes are familiar and well known by most Catholics in the pews. Unlike most hymnals today that are overfilled with hundreds of hymns and extraneous content that parishes never use, the Lumen Christi Hymnal offers the essential repertoire of hymns that are beautiful, worthy, eminently singable, and perfectly suited to parishes that are gradually working toward singing the proper antiphons of the Mass.
The second part contains a repertoire of hymns that is both truly Catholic and truly liturgical: the hymns for Lauds (Morning Prayer), Vespers (Evening Prayer), and Compline (Night Prayer) from the typical edition of the Liturgy of the Hours (Liturgia Horarum) in English translation, paired with simple, traditional chant melodies. Most Catholics are already familiar with some of these hymns (such as Jesu Dulcis Memoria, Creator of the Stars of Night, and Veni Creator Spiritus) while hundreds of them remain unknown and out of the hands of the faithful and clergy alike. The Lumen Christi Hymnal is responding to the call for the very words of the liturgy itself to be placed upon the lips, and upon the hearts and minds of all the faithful.
You can learn more, view indexes, and preview of the entire book HERE.
Stay tuned for further announcements and updates. In the meantime, you can pre-order the Lumen Christi Hymnal HERE.
We are tremendously excited about this latest addition to the Lumen Christi Series, and hope and pray that it will help parishes renew their liturgical life this Advent and throughout the coming year.
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If you would like to learn more about bringing any part of the Lumen Christi Series to your parish, please feel free to contact us by email or by phone.