These have been very exciting days here at World Library Publications and J.S. Paluch. Our new hardbound hymnal, One In Faith, and its accompaniments have arrived. Yesterday, we had a prayer of blessing and thanksgiving here in our warehouse, presided over by Fr. Jim Marchionda, OP. Some photos from the event:
Our proud owner, Mary Lou Paluch Rafferty.
The hymnals (without readings version), ready for shipment.
Allow me to take some time to talk about One In Faith, and to share more photos.
The hymnal comes in two versions, with and without Sunday readings:
We have two styles of keyboard accompaniments, portrait and landscape.
We made the decision to use seven-ring super-sturdy binders for the keyboard accompaniment editions.
The reason why? We heard from many musicians (some of whom are part of the aging population), saying that they sometimes find it difficult lugging around these heavy accompaniment volumes. So, we decided to publish in the seven-ring format so that the music chosen for a particular Mass could be removed and placed in a smaller service binder, which we have produced in both landscape and portrait versions, for those who wish to take advantage of this feature. In this way, the binder is attractive for worship and much lighter to handle. Here are those beautiful service binders:
The guitar accompaniment is in a spiral-bound version.
While the hymnals and the accompaniments contain indexes, we decided to publish a smaller, spiral-bound book of complete indexes for the hymnal. Very cool, indeed!
In the production stage now is the choral edition. We have commissioned composers working on the B-flat and C instrument books; we expect the entire line to be complete in about 18 months.
This has been a long process and tons of work for our teams here at World Library Publications. I can't begin to describe my own pride over this accomplishment of our fine employees here.
At a meeting on Tuesday, I became distracted and began to thumb through the pages of the hymnal. You know how sometimes one does that with a hymnal and one can discover page after page of unknown hymns and songs? Well, I was so happy that I was turning page after page after page of hymns and songs that I know and love. This is a hymnal that will serve the needs of parishes with a wide variety of musical styles in place.
Please take a closer look by walking through the index yourself. And if you have any comments or questions, please share them here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.