Hymnarium O.P.

Hymnarium OP

The Dominican Province of St. Joseph is pleased to announce the upcoming publication of its new Hymnarium.

The Hymnarium O.P. is a hymnal for the Liturgy of the Hours that makes available the Dominican heritage of liturgical hymnody. It is has been published by the Liturgical Commission of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph in response to our 2010 Provincial Chapter’s wish that “the Dominican and wider Gregorian Chant traditions in the Conventual Mass and Office” and the desire of the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council that chant “be given pride of place in liturgical services.”

The Hymnarium presents hymns for the major and minor hours for Sundays and weekdays throughout the year, the Proper of Time, the Proper of Saints (including proper hymns for many Dominican saints), and the Common of Saints.  Each hymn is provided in Latin and English versions set to a limited variety of chant melodies that are reused on various occasions throughout the book. Each verse is set to a chant melody, while also providing indications for singing the texts to metrical hymn melodies. The limited yet balanced number of melodies allows the repertoire to be easily learned and used, while still offering a rich variety that avoids monotony. The hymns contained in the Hymnarium belong to the musical patrimony of the Order, having been authored or compiled by friars over the course of centuries.

The Hymnarium will be approximately 774 pages, 6″ x 9″ in size, and about 1″ thick, printed on 45# paper. Currently, we are in the process of the final preparation of the volume for production. For more information, see the Hymnarium O.P. website.  There you can see Sample Pageshear recordings of a selection of hymns in the volume, and ask questions through our Contact Form. Individual copies are available by making a $25.00 donation. For bulk orders, contact admin@hymnarium.org.


— Fr. Pius Pietrzyk, O.P.

(October 2, 2013)