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Thanks and Praise
The Church of Ireland has officially launched its
new supplement to the Church Hymnal, Thanks and Praise, at
St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. Around 140 guests attended
the event in the Lady Chapel on Friday evening, 11th September.
Thanks and Praise contains some 227 hymns,
songs and liturgical settings reflecting the best of church music
to emerge since the most recent edition of the Church Hymnal was
compiled in 2000. It is accompanied by recorded church music
and Braille editions and an updated version of 'Sing to the Word',
the lectionary hymn guide edited by the Rt Revd Edward Darling.
The congregation sang from the hymnal supplement,
including 'Our father we have wandered', 'O God of Faith', and 'We
shall go out with hope of resurrection'.
The junior choirs of Taney and Kilternan parish
churches, Dublin, sang 'He made the stars' and 'Faith as small as a
mustard seed' while 'Wonderful Lord' and 'Don't build your house'
were performed by the choir of St Gall's, Carnalea, Bangor. Edwin
Brown, from Bushmills, sang a solo version of his own hymn 'See the
Lamb of God'.
'Thanks and Praise is born,' remarked the
Rt Revd Harold Miller, Chairman of the Liturgical Advisory
Committee. He noted that it will be a book that 'we will grow to
really love and nurture and value, and will be a blessing to us in
The book was formally launched by the Archbishop of
Armagh, the Most Revd Dr Richard Clarke who thanked Bishop Miller
as editor and the Revd Dr Peter Thompson as music editor, for their
energy, drive and enthusiasm.
Archbishop Clarke commended Thanks and
Praise as 'a wonderful addition to the Church of Ireland' and
added: 'Every parish should have this book because every parish can
use this book and every parish can benefit from this book.'
The Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Revd Michael
Jackson, highlighted that the accompanying resources will allow
many more people to enjoy it as part of church life. He
commented: 'I have great pleasure in being associated with the
launch of Thanks and Praise this evening in St Patrick's
Cathedral. The involvement of singers from right around the country
bodes well for its inclusion in the worshipping life of the Church
Thanks and Praise is one of the first
books to be published first in a Braille edition, produced by the
Braille unit at HMP Maghaberry. A gift was presented to
Braille instructor Mark Mooney towards the work of the unit.
Find out more about Thanks and
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Thanks & Praise: A new hymnal
supplement for the Church of Ireland
We are delighted to be publishing this new supplement - full
music and words only plus electronic words download editions - all
early autumn 2015.
Thanks & Praise will contain some 200 hymns, songs
and liturgical settings reflecting the best of church music to
emerge in recent years, plus a new setting for the Eucharist, short
songs and chants - alleluias, kyries, blessings etc, a number of
items in the Irish language, music from the world church and some
completely new compositions and arrangements.
Two years in preparation, the selection has been overseen by a
team of parish and cathedral musicians and clergy.
Fully authorised by the Synod of the Church of Ireland.
Find out more about Thanks & Praise
Relaunch of The Sign
First published in 1905, parish magazine insert The Sign
was relaunched this year with a complete redesign, new
content and a new website.
The brand new online service allows magazine editors to create
their own publication, picking and choosing from a wide range of
topical articles, reviews, Bible reflections and wordsearches.
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launch later this year. Over 130,000 apps have been downloaded by
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the Christian Journey
The Pilgrim Course, which is
published by Church House Publishing and has sold more than 40,000
books in its first year, is the Church of England's national
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Norwich Books and Music, part of the
Hymns Ancient & Modern group, will become the exclusive sales
agent and distributor for Liturgical Press book titles in the UK
and rest of Europe from 1st July 2014.
Based in Collegeville, Minnesota, Liturgical Press publishes
Catholic and ecumenical works in liturgy, Scripture, theology,
spirituality and monasticism for academic and professional
audiences as well as individual readers.
"We are very pleased to be working with Norwich Books and
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A brand new
edition of Hymns Ancient & Modern
Ancient & Modern: Hymns and Songs for Refreshing
150 years since its first publication and after
sales of 170 million copies, this brand new edition contains
845 items, ranging from psalm settings to John Bell, Bernadette
Farrell, Stuart Townend and others.
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"if Common Worship was graded as 'Good' in 2000,
this 2013 edition of A&M will certainly be a
grade higher. It is a volume which deserves to be in regular use by
all church musicians and worship leaders."
- Ian Sharp, Chair of the Hymn Society of Great Britain and
150 years of Hymns Ancient & Modern
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