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The Internet Brings Forgotten Catholic Hymns Back To Life

4/8/2009 - 8:43 AM PST

Catholic PRWire

ENGLEWOOD, TN (APRIL 8, 2009) - One Catholic publisher feels the answer to may be free mp3's and ringtones. At The Catholic Hymnal Project you may download hymns played live on an organ to your Pod, Itunes and Cell Phone music without charge. Sample ringtones with a choir singing a Gregorian Chantare a preview of the plans for adding the sound of choirs singing many of the hymns as well.

As part of a much larger project,recently published hymnnals Eucharistic Hymns and Hymns To Mary are being promoted by free downloads of mp3 files of 86 of the hymns, played live on the organ by editor, Noel Jones, an Associate of the American Guild Of Organists. And to go one step further, imagine having your cell phone ring accidentally during Mass, but hearing a Gregorian Chant Kyrie or Immaculate Mary played on chimes?

The website of this new hymnal project has links to all of this and more. When interviewed Jones said, "As part of editing, I had to sit down and play through all the hymns to find errors and decided to record the session." The results were burned to CD's now available for purchase on the website. The Catholic Hymnal Project is always exploring new ways to reach people and ringtones so making the CD music also available as free mp3's seemed to be the logical way to spread the news and get these hymns sung once again.

"The words of these hymns from the last 150 years are as meaningful today as they were the day they were written, but have been forgotten as the hymnals they were in fell in popularity." and he goes on to say, "There's no profit in printing hymns today that are only to be sung once a year on the Feast of the Assumption or Annunciation in the eyes of modern publishers, but they have been restored in our hymnals and have already grabbed the interest of church musicians."

Why are the downloads free? Jones says, "It's frustrating to search out a hymn that you want to hear and find it only to have to pay for it. Making them free in mp3's means that you can play them using the free iTunes program and load to your iPod so more people have the opportunity to discover the faith through the music of traditional Catholic Hymns." Audiophiles may purchase the CD's for full fidelity, but all this music is free for download on mp3's. All the music scores may be downloaded in reference files as well, non-printing files that may be viewed on your computer screen. The staff feels that it helps people to be able to see the music before they buy it.

The collection includes famous hymns such as Bring Flowers of the Fairest, Mother and Dear O Pray For Me, as well as multiple versions of Soul of My Saviour and O Lord I Am Not Worthy.

The website address is


The Catholic Hymnal  TN, 37329 US
Noel Jones - Editor, 423 887-7594


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  1. Madeline Mitchell
    5 years ago

    I want to know what happened to the most beautiful, speaking to God, and would especially be appropriate for these troubled times, "Heart of Jesus, Meek and Mild"?

    I am disappointed to see this has been erased from our hymn books of today. This is the most effective hymn, and there are older hymns still out there, and not this one? Who is in charge of doing this?

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