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The Pange Lingua Hymnal, compiled by Paul Newton

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 Contents - Mar 2001AD2000 March 2001 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: ACU theology: prompt action needed - Peter Westmore
New cardinals to continue John Paul II's agenda - AD2000 Report
News: The Church Around the World
Seminary numbers up in orthodox US dioceses - Michael S. Rose
How Archbishop Pell will implement Statement on Women in the Church
Elizabeth Anscombe, R.I.P. - Robert P. George
ACU theology: how orthodox, how accountable? - Michael Gilchrist
Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter ordinations
How monastic life can reinvigorate the Church - Fr Peter Knowles OP
Cardinal Ratzinger on 'Third Secret' of Fatima
What we must teach our children: Archbishop Chaput - Archbishop Charles J. Chaput
New Catholic radio program to start in WA
The surprise Cardinal: Fr Avery Dulles SJ - Zenit News Service
Letters: Euthanasia in S.A. (letter) - Errol P. Duke
Letters: Science and Christianity (letter) - Scot Chaston
Letters: Enneagram workshop (letter) - Br Con Moloney CFC
Letters: Church doctrine? (letter) - Frank Mobbs
Letters: Anti-Catholicism (letter) - Frank Bellet
Letters: Old liturgical books (letter) - Frank Carleton
Letters: Latin (letter) - Karmenu Attard
Letters: Supernatural order (letter) - Fr G.H. Duggan SM
Letters: Misguided compassion (letter)
Letters: G.K. Chesterton (letter) - Nancy McKelson
Letters: EWTN tapes (letter) - John Lovegrove
Letters: Vocations and orthodoxy (letter) - John Schmid
Letters: Third Rite in Toowoomba (letter) - Mark Power
Letters: Poem to Our Lady - Marion Craig
Letters: Appeal from India (letter) - Kevin L. Fernandes
Letters: Catholic education (letter) - Daniel Bryce
Letters: Boredom? (letter) - Josephine Landsberg
Books: Come To The Father: An Invitation to Share the Catholic Faith, Aidan Nichols OP - Christopher Quinn (reviewer)
Books: Streams of Living Water: Autobiography of a Charismatic Leader - Anthony Cappello (reviewer)
Books: Why the hopes of the Council Fathers of Vatican II are yet to be realised - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: Why I Am A Priest: Thirty Success Stories, ed. Boadt, Hunt - Katie Lindorff (reviewer)
Books: The Pange Lingua Hymnal, compiled by Paul Newton - Fr Gregory Pritchard PP (reviewer)
Reflection: Liturgy in the true spirit of Vatican II - Ralph McInerny

The Pange Lingua Hymnal, compiled by Paul Newton (Corpus Christi College, Melbourne, 2001, RRP $7.00 postage included). Available from Paul Newton, Corpus Christi College, 180 Drummond Street, Carlton, Vic 3053, email: pnewton69@hotmail.com)

Responding to the production of a new hymnal by one of his seminarians, Archbishop George Pell wrote to its editor: "The book is very nicely produced and I can see why it has earned Bishop Hart's congratulations. Well done on this practical and devotional initiative. I hope that the hymnal has great success and will certainly bring it to the attention of interested parties."

The Pange Lingua Hymnal is a very welcome addition to the many musical resources currently available for parish and devotional use. The young editor's hope is that the immense wealth of Catholic hymnody remain available and used by the worshippers of the third Christian millennium. Many will be comforted and encouraged by this new collection of well known and much-loved hymns and familiar melodies.

The young editor, Paul Newton, is a seminarian at Melbourne's Corpus Christi College. He has left no stone unturned in collating an affordable hymnal [spiral bound accompaniment and paperback people's edition for popular use]. Every hymn is free of copyright. He has assembled 174 hymns and Latin chants, and put them under various headings: Christmas, Lent, Easter, Saints, Thanks and Praise, etc. Everyone's favourites are there. The Marian section is very abundant - 28 hymns, including a very beautiful new composition by the editor. Every hymn has full musical accompaniment, and the indices are very comprehensive.

It is pleasing to see that the Church's desire for dignified music and hymns that express the mystery of faith is now finding a response in the work of hymn writers and those who undertake the collation of hymnals. After many years, the Church's English and Latin heritage is returning to the surface. Now, let those responsible for music in our parishes - including priests who have a special responsibility for the Sacred Liturgy - rediscover these riches, and commit themselves and their communities to good music and meaningful words which sing of the mystery of God.

Fr Gregory Pritchard is parish priest of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Church, Ringwood, in the Melbourne Archdiocese.

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 14 No 2 (March 2001), p. 16

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