What People Are Saying
"The St. Michael Hymnal represents extraordinary sensibilities--theological, liturgical, literary, musical. The editorial team made so many smart choices. Making the St. Michael available beyond the parish that created it is a kind of gift to those looking for such a resource. Although there are others like it, the SMH is in a class by itself. It is also such a handsome book. The binding and typography and layout are worthy of the contents. This landmark hymnal is inspired and inspiring."
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York City
St. Mary's Church, Dover, New Jersey
"We wanted a hymnal which would help students come more fully to a reverent encounter with Christ in the liturgy and a hymnal that would make the depth and range of the Church's rich heritage of music accessible to the students. The St. Michael Hymnal was a great fit. Our students come from parishes, and they will go back out to parishes. They will benefit from what the St. Michael Hymnal can teach them about integrating this heritage into their own contexts."
Msgr. James Patrick Shea, President
University of Mary, Bismarck, ND
"We at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary are especially pleased with the new Mass settings in English. The well-crafted melodies are memorable and present the texts of the Ordinary of the Mass in a way that evokes participation in the singing from the seminarians.
The seminarians appreciate the collection of time-honored hymn texts and tunes that comprises the book. Having access to the Marian antiphons, the sequences and hymns from various Spanish traditions in a single volume makes the new edition of the St. Michael Hymnal very useful. . . .Thanks for your work on this fine hymnal."
Julia R. Parker
Director of Liturgical Music/University Organist
Mount St Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD
"The service that Linda has provided us has been exceptional. . . . The arrangement of hymns in alphabetical order seems to work well as do the various indexes in the back of the hymnal . . . it is quite easy to follow the year through and chose hymns from the suggested lists. . . . We are thankful that we made the choice for this . . . Thanks for all your hard work on our behalf!"
Keith Rasmussen, Organist & Music Coordinator
Prince of Peace Catholic Church
Sun City Center, FL
"We have thoroughly enjoyed our musical exploration of the new St. Michael Hymnal. Several positive factors influenced our choice of the St. Michael Hymnal such as inclusion of the Entrance antiphons, high quality settings of the Mass Ordinary, and hymns presented in 'original' keys (rather than in lowered keys). This means that the body of organ literature surrounding these traditional hymns is still usable as prelude and postlude material, since the keys are the same.
This hymnal is expertly edited and beautifully crafted. It meets our theological and liturgical needs, while at the same time offering us a variety of engaging music. Our parish will be challenged by and satisfied with this hymnal for decades to come."
Charles Peters, Visiting Librarian for Music Cataloging
William & Gayle Cook Music Library, Indiana University
Director of Music
St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Bloomington, IN
"Of the slew of hymnals released in the wake of the new translations, the St. Michael Hymnal may be the finest of the bunch. The Order of Mass is laid out beautifully in Latin and English, the Mass settings are high-quality, but the greatest strength of the hymnal are the hymns themselves. The finest melodies of Christendom are paired with texts that have nourished the Christian faithful for centuries; this results in well over 400 hymns that will sustain a congregation throughout the liturgical cycle. A beautiful hymnal that I'm thrilled to have in my pews for years to come."
Heath Morber, Director of Music
St. John's Catholic Newman Center, Champaign, IL
"I am happy to recommend the St. Michael Hymnal to any parish that is serious about sacred music. As an organist and choirmaster, I am comforted to know that the contents are theologically sound, musically excellent, and beautifully typeset. . . . The selection of ordinaries, including the most common Gregorian ones, is wonderful. One of the main selling points for me was the inclusion of simple congregational entrance antiphons for the entire liturgical year. This is a great step toward the recovery of the propers. Thank you for you all you do to promote quality sacred music in the English speaking world."
Raphael Micca, Organist & Choirmaster
St. Martha's Church, Fairmount Springs, PA
St. Mary, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Mocanaqua, PA
"Last Fall a new hymnal made an appearance in Saint John’s Seminary Chapel. The St. Michael Hymnal was first published in 1998 by St. Boniface Church in Lafayette, Indiana, growing out of the parish’s need for congregational music that was liturgically appropriate, doctrinally precise, and accessible to all parishioners . . ."
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Msgr. James P. Moroney
St. John's Seminary
“I have found the St. Michael Hymnal to be the music source I have desired for quite some time. The solid selection of Catholic hymns allows me to entrust liturgy planning to choir directors and organists without hesitation.”
Fr. Joseph Nemec, Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska
“I have found no other hymnal to match its commitment to orthodoxy, its collection of fine traditional and contemporary hymns, and its selection of the most beautiful lyrics. . . . I can entrust this hymnal to our musicians without reserve.”
Fr. Leo Kosch
Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska