Greetings to all on this Wednesday of Holy Week.
I am excited to announce that a new, very helpful, resource arrived in our warehouse here at WLP this week, J. Michael Thompson's For All the Saints: Hymns for the Saints of the Roman Missal in the United States. Click on the link and check it out, then click on "Sample Pages" to see some of these texts and their rich imagery.
Up until now, these marvelous texts have been only available to our WLP license holders on our web site. In order to be more faithful to our mission here, we wanted to find a way to make them more available to the singing and praying Church. We decided to publish all of these hymn texts in one volume. The book contains a CD-ROM, which allows for easy download of the text-only files. If, however a WLP annual license holder uses these hymns, we request that the use be reported.
A few paragraphs from J. Michael Thompson from his introduction to the book:
"The calendar of the saints makes present to us the 'great cloud of witnesses' that surround us, encouraging us to continue running the race of our faith until all have completed the course set before us, and we join that 'great throng beyond number' gathered before the throne of the Lamb."
"The relevance of these texts will be obvious for use in parochial grade schools, religious communities that have common celebrations of the Liturgy of the Hours, and individual parishes, which can find here a specific hymn to personalize for their parish 'feast of title.' "
Imagine, every saint honored in The Roman Missal has a freshly composed text for their feast day!
This is one of those occasions where I can safely and honestly say that every parish should have a copy of For All the Saints by J. Michael Thompson!
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Gotta sing. Gotta pray.