A Catholic School of Hymns

At Long Beach Chant, we believe this CATHOLIC BOOK OF HYMNS can be a great reference book for singing hymns with the family at home, in devotions and also in liturgies.

Our Catholic School of Hymns (CSH) follows 2 principles:

1- It is traditional: those who know transmit to those who do not know yet. In Latin, tradere means “handing over”.

2- Hymns are practiced to be memorized, so they can be easily sung. “Hymns are songs which spontaneously arise from the religious impulses with which mankind has been endowed by its Creator.” was the definition of hymns in the 1958 Instructions on Sacred Music (Ch.I,9). Let us aim to regain this spontaneity.

Examples of Hymns to learn for future spontaneous use:

CANON – DONA NOBIS PACEM . Canons are the easiest form to sing in harmony since all voices sing the same melody, but start at different times.

“Base melody” repeating 3 times the 3 different melodies with the “Dona Nobis Pacem” words.

With a second voice joining the first voice in canon:

PANIS ANGELICUS below (1st line = melody, 3rd line = possible harmonization)

(1st line = melody, 3rd line = possible harmonization)

Listen to and sing along melody on the first of the 4 lines where music is written with words.

Second voice (3rd line) :

Melody (1st voice):

2nd voice (Alto) :

PRACTICE SINGING “ETERNAL FATHER” IN 2-PART HARMONY: Learn the “low” part, then sing it against this melody:

Practice the “low part” (Alto line on the attached music):

Learn to sing “Faith our Fathers” in harmony. First, learn the melody :

Then learn the Alto part, find a friend to practice singing the two parts in harmony:

O SALUTARIS (TO SING DURING EXPOSITION, OR COMMUNION):

Learn the melody (notice the low part in the background):

“Alto” part (2nd voice):

“LOW” PART (3rd voice):

—————- SEASONAL SING ALONGS ———————–

HOLY TRINITY:

mp3 sampler of traditional hymns for Advent…(scroll down for Christmas hymns)

Download sheet music here:

#52 Come, thou long expected Jesus (1. Organ / 2. voice)

#55 Comfort, Confort ye my people (1. Organ / 2. voice)

#56 Creator of the stars of night (1. organ / 2. voice)

#97 Hail to the Lord’s anointed – ELLACOMBE (1. Organ / 2. voice)

#98 Hail to the Lord’s anointed – Trad. German (1. Organ / 2. voice )

#100 Hark! A Herald’s voice is sounding

#142 Lift up your heads

#180 O Come divine Messiah

#182 O come, O come Emmanuel

#219 On Jordan’s Bank

#234 Savior of the nations, come

#254 the Advent of our King

#277 Wake, awake, for the night is flying

#278 Watchman tell us of the night

CHRISTMAS HYMNS:

Download sheet music here:

#11 Angels from the Realms of Glory

#12 Angels we have heard on high

#17 Away in a manger

#102 Hark! the herald angels sing

#120 In the bleak midwinter

#124 It came upon the midnight clear

#137 Joy to the World

#181 O Come, little children

#192 O Little Town of Bethlehem (FOREST GREEN)

#193 O Little Town of Bethlehem (ST LOUIS)

#222 Once in Royal David’s city

#235 See, Amid the Winter’s Snow

#261 The First Noel

JANUARY HYMNS (EPIPHANY, BAPTISM, CANA):

————– LENT HYMNS —————–

—————- MAY CROWNING ——————–

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