After a year of work on the Hymnal Project, and a great deal of input from cantors (thank you all!), the first formatted draft of the new hymnal is available:
I think you will be happy with the results; there are some new additions, many old favorites, and I THINK we have corrected most most of the places where the music seemed a bit off. I have incorporated all comments i have received to date, including some very valuable feedback from the annual Labor Day pilgrimage to Mount Saint Macrina.
If you are interested in our paraliturgical hymns and spiritual songs, I would greatly appreciate it if you could:
- Download the draft hymnal
- Look it over and see if:
- anything is missing that should be there
- you find any typos or obvious mistakes.
Initial versions of all entries are pretty much settled EXCEPT for an alternate, somewhat more complicated version of Rejoice, O purest Queen (Radujsja Carice), which was requested by cantor Joseph Ferenchick, it can be found in English and Slavonic after page 59 (and if we use it, several other hymns like O Father Nicholas would likely change to the more intricate version).
In three weeks, I plan to send the hymnal to the Inter-Eparchial Music Commission for their review and any changes, so please let me know what you find before then! Also, if you have questions about anything in the draft hymnal, please leave them in a comment below.