The 4th edition of the St. Chrysostom Hymnal is almost ready for publication. The preliminary design for the cover follows our new white on black color scheme and a quotation from St. Athanasius: “the act of singing effects harmony in the soul.”
This collection of 474 hymns, songs and canticles, all in the public domain, is offered as a supplement to the venerable Episcopal Hymnal (1940). The collection was assembled from the hymnals of many denominations, including the Anglican, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Methodist, Moravian Brethren, and Baptist, plus several non-denominational hymnals from the 19th and 20th Centuries. In addition to hundred of hymns not included in the 1940 Hymnal, I have set many hymns from the 1940 Hymnal to tunes that are more easily sung by the average person. All the music is based on traditional Theology. None of the tunes will cause a reader/listener to think first of commercial music about Oscar Meyer wieners or the background music for scenes from The Lonesome Dove! There is no music more recent than 1941.
In addition to more songs for Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent,and Ascension, there are songs to the Father, Son, Holy Spirit and Holy Trinity; and for use in the Offices from Morning to Evening; Opening and Closing hymns; plus songs about the Church; a collection of Praise hymns; and dozens of Doxologies used by Christians during the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. From the tradition of the Church of England and the Episcopal Church, I have included the Venerable Bede’s Ascension Day hymn, A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing, set to the tune Lasst uns erfreuen, with its 5-alleluia chorus; restored from the Episcopal Hymnal (1892) Horatio Nelson’s hymn for the saints, From All the Saints in Warfare, with its special second verse for the eighteen saints with Feast Days in the 1928 B.C.P., setting it to the tune Aurelia; and Marcus Wells’ tuneful hymn, Holy Spirit, Faithful Guide, set to the Welsh tune Aberstwyth; and, from the Charleston Hymnal (1792), O Come Let Us Unite to Praise, set to the English tune Royal Oak. There are also many hymns translated into the English language and English metrics for the first time by John Mason Neale and Catherine Winkworth, two of the greatest pioneers in bringing back into the English tradition the hymns of the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Lutheran traditions..
From the Latin tradition, I have included 10 hymns traditionally credited to St. Ambrose of Milan, including his tribute to the Holy Spirit, Come, Holy Ghost, Who Ever One (also set to Lasst uns erfreuen) and Bernard of Clairveaux’s O Jesus, King Most Wonderful, set to the venerable English tune Winchester Old. From the Lutheran tradition, I have included Good News from Heaven the Angels Bring, written by Martin Luther, and When In the Hour of Utmost Need. From the Presbyterian tradition, I have added God Be With You Til We Meet Again, using the 1895 version with 4 verses and a choral refrain, O My Soul, Bless God the Father and Blest Is He Who Loves God’s Precepts (based on Psalm 1), both set to the familiar tune Stuttgart; and A Parting Hymn We Sing, set to the tune Boylston.
From the Methodist tradition I have included 24 hymns attributed to Charles Wesley, one of the most productive hymnwriters in Church history (along with Isaac Watts). From the Moravian Brethren tradition I have included many songs by the gifted writer James Montgomery, whose sense of Christian Spirituality is so badly needed in the modern Church in the West. Continuing in the path started in the Episcopal Church in the 19th century, I have included many hymns from the various congregational churches in the United States. Last, but not least, are 32 hymns by the celebrated non-conformist clergyman Isaac Watts, the godfather of Psalms-based poetic music for the Western Church.
The St. Chrysostom Hymnal will be available in late June in both paperback and Kindle editions through our virtual bookstore: https://www.amazon.com/author/ronald-e-shibley. 100% of all book royalties are contributed to the Anglican Internet Church ministry.