Draft hymnal is done!

The draft version of the new hymnal is complete (for now) and has been sent to the Inter-Eparchial Music Commission for their review and improvement.

Here is the version that was submitted: Hymnal – draft – 2019-11

Formatting will be cleaned up a bit more before publication. In the meantime, if you find any errors or infelicities, please let me know and I will make sure they are fixed in the final version.

6 thoughts on “Draft hymnal is done!”

  1. Hello,

    I am a cantor at St. Nicholas Church in Clinton Township, MI (formerly in Detroit). I have to apologize, I was not really aware of this project, nor of the timeline that you were marching towards. Is it too late to offer suggestions? If it’s not too late, who should I send them to? Do I have to go directly to the Inter-Eparchial Commission at this point?

    Please advise. In a very quick glance, I did notice some things immediately that I would like to propose/suggest.

    Please feel free to reply directly to my email address, if that’s easier.

    Best Regards,
    George Nagrant

    1. Dear George,

      It is certainly not too late; I will collect any further material I receive and pass it on to the Music Commission. (For simple errors, I will just go ahead and make the changes as well.)

      You can see a fairly complete record of the work on the hymnal here:

      https://mci.archpitt.org/songs/Hymnal_project.html

      Many of the hymns have discuss links you can follow to see what has been done on each hymn.

      1. Hi Jeff,

        Thanks for the reply. This may take me a few days (at least) to review everything, but I will give it my best shot. One question– If I have feedback on multiple hymns, how would you suggest I provide that back to you? I’d rather not have to go into each individual link and itemize my responses, but if that’s how you want to keep things separated I can understand.

        Best Regards,
        George

  2. Hello Deacon Jeff,

    Thanks for the reply. Given the other things taking up time during my days and evenings, it has taken me a little while to go through these. I have reviewed quite a bit, but only have had time so far to put my suggestions in writing for a few of them. I will continue to work on this, but for now, I will be sending you my feedback regarding just the “General Hymns” section. I have suggestions for the following hymns within this section:

    Hosts of Angels on High
    So Great is God
    Accept Me Today
    Come now to us, O Christ
    Give me your Body, O Christ
    I do believe
    Heavenly King, Comforter
    O Holy Spirit, Mighty Defender
    The Holy Spirit shall come upon you

    I have just sent all of these updates to the email address listed above. There were no separate blog links for these hymns, so I trust you will find a way to share these suggestions with the other cantors on this site and around the country.

    Thanks,
    George Nagrant
    Cantor- St. Nicholas Church, Clinton Twp, MI
    Choir member, ECF singing teacher
    Lifelong Byzantine Catholic

    1. Reply sent to you directly! I will definitely incorporate some of your suggestions, and present others to the Music Commission.

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