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

STAY TUNED for the date of our first CATHOLIC SCHOOL of HYMNS in NOVEMBER in Southern California….

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.

Why not practice throughout November some Advent and Christmas hymns, and be ready to sing them in December?

See the “LITURGICAL INDEX” at this page to see the great list of hymns for Advent and Christmas included in this book.

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

10/30/21 UPDATE! Better recordings, of an organ, are on the way (hear examples with Advent hymns #52, 55, 56, 97 and 98. Check for more on 11/15)

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

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