Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Eucharistic Hymns - The Catholic Hymnal by Noel Jones

Music can enhance our theological understanding, especially since music can reveal mystery in a way that prose cannot.

So it is a welcome sight to see Noel Jones' Eucharistic Hymns - The Catholic Hymnal as a further resource for us to understand and to experience the Eucharist in a deeper way. Jones is concerned about some contemporary hymns which do not strike him as theologically sound, so he has mined the past 150 years for hymns that pertain to the Eucharist. Personally, I am not one who is disturbed by most contemporary liturgical music, but I am also all for a renaissance of older hymns, especially Gregorian chant.

Catholic Online has an article about Jones' hymnal. You can also see the SJN Music website for more information about Jones' work at St. John Neumann parish in Knoxville, TN.

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