The Brébeuf Hymnal


“Hands down the best Catholic hymnal ever published”

–The Church Music Association of America

The Brébeuf Hymnal

“Hands down the best Catholic hymnal ever published”

–The Church Music Association of America

About the Saint Jean de Brébeuf Hymnal

Recognized as the definitive Roman Catholic hymnal, the Saint Jean de Brébeuf Hymnal stands out as an elegant, hardcover pew edition that contains more Catholic metrical hymns than any other collection. 

Drawn exclusively from the authentic Catholic treasury, the Brébeuf Hymnal stands alone among church hymn books by neither mimicking nor building upon popular Protestant versions. So unlike other Catholic hymnals which simply strive to avoid heresy and eliminate undignified melodies, the Brébeuf  Hymnal is Catholic to the core, containing countless traditional hymns steeped in deep theology.

Created by and for choirmasters and priests working in Catholic parishes around the globe, the melodies in the Brébeuf Hymnal are beautiful and dignified, its hymns timeless and eminently choral for the congregation.

The dazzling array of melodies – some of which are unusually rare – have been carefully sorted according to meter. Its 932 pages present exceptional translations of the authentic Catholic hymns, painstakingly wedded to simple-yet-sublime melodies. 

Our resources section (to the right on this page) includes rehearsal videos to help volunteer choirs learn to sing in parts: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass. Too many Catholic choirs refrain from singing hymns in parts! Our clips make it easy to learn. Priests who don’t read music can sample our YouTube files and see for themselves how the Brébeuf melodies are well within reach of their congregations—especially because these YouTube videos were not produced by professional singers.

The Saint Jean de Brébeuf Hymnal is giving Catholics the music for the Mass as it was intended to be experienced. By doing so, it is enriching Catholics and bringing them deeper into the Faith.

Features
  • Hardcover
  • Number of pages: 932
  • ISBN: 978-1-64413-449-8

Pricing

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Recommended hymns

View our recommended hymns for the coming Sunday or holy day, available for both Novus Ordo and Extraordinary Form

Rehearsal videos

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Find the perfect tune

Over 8.000 snippets have been catalogued from the Brébeuf Hymnal, all searchable and tagged by season.

Brébeuf Hymnal Q&A

The Brebeuf Pew Edition employs melody only for a crucial reason: if harmonies are added to the pew book, that severely limits the book because then all the verses are “perpetually locked in” to just one harmonization and one key.

Something that distinguishes the Brebeuf Hymnal is how it usually includes all the verses for each hymn. This was done because when hymns only have 2-3 verses, by the time the congregation locates the hymn it is already almost over! But many hymns have 7-8 verses.

The Brebeuf Hymnal has a related Brebeuf Choral Supplement (1 ,192 pages). The Choral Supplement should be used whenever the choirmaster decides SATB harmonies should be added, and it must be used in conjunction with the pew edition. The SATB parts in the Choral Supplement match the organ accompaniments.

There are three main differences between the Organ Accompaniment volumes and the Brebeuf Choral Supplement:

  1. The Organ Accompaniment volumes use “coil binding” so they lay flat on the organ music rack. They also have thicker, more opaque paper-since they are three volumes, whereas the Choral Supplement is just one book.
  2. The Organ Accompaniment volumes contain unison pieces, whereas the Choral Supplement does not.
  3. The Organ Accompaniment volumes are three separate books, whereas the Choral Supplement is just one book.

Introductions to the Brébeuf Hymnal

Common melodies for simplicity

Clear, usable index

A truly Catholic hymnal

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