Excerpt from The Parochial Hymn Book, Words and Melodies: Containing Prayers and Devotions for All the Faithful, Including Vespers, Compline, and All the Liturgical Hymns for the Year, Both in Latin and English
The aim of the compiler has been to aid parish priests and rectors of missions in promoting among their ﬂocks good congregational singing. He has spared neither pains nor trouble to put together in liturgical and theological order the choicest Hymns he could find, adapting to them such melodies as he considered most capable of rendering their beauty and expressing their meaning.
This collection of Hymns, the largest and most complete of its kind, contains all the chief truths of our holy religion; it likewise unfolds the meaning of the liturgical seasons and chief festivals of the ecclesiastical year; thus giving the faithful an insight into the sublimity of Catholic worship, and tending thereby to increase in their hearts love for God and Holy Church.
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