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Music and hymns: Useful links

PUBLISHED 26 November 2021
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A curated selection of useful and inspiring resources and articles from around the web to support and equip liturgical musicians and music leaders

The ACBC’s recommended hymns and songs—an alphabetical list by first line of hymns that are not included in Catholic Worship Book II but that are still recommended by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

Digital version of the Catholic Worship Book II index (by first line)

Liturgy and worship resources from the Royal School of Church Music in the United Kingdom, including free downloads from Sunday by Sunday, their subscription-based worship-planning magazine.

Website of the US-based National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM), where members can access a range of events, resources and publications

Saint Louis University’s Sunday Website, which includes a number of music resources, suggestions and planning lists for each Sunday of the liturgical year under the ‘Music of Sunday’ tab

Marist Music, featuring free music downloads from Michael Herry FMS, including responsorial psalms, gospel chants and specially composed hymns for the Australian Church

The Liturgy Tools website, which includes a range of hymn suggestions, as well as other music-related resources and articles

Ministers of Music’—a range of useful music resources from Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Wentworthville, including music suggestions for each Sunday, guidelines on music and the Mass, and links to relevant Church documents

The Litmus Productions website—produced by Michael Mangan and Anne Frawley-Mangan, and including, for purchase, a range of liturgical music and other creative resources for Australian schools and parishes

Liturgical Song—an Australian publisher of liturgical music and other useful music and liturgy resources, including free music suggestions from Australian hymnals for each Sunday of the liturgical year

Emmaus Productions—a subscription-based website offering the music of Monica Brown, as well as a range of online prayer and meditation videos

Music resources from the Catholic Diocese of Auckland, including music-planning suggestions for each Sunday, and psalm suggestions (with melody line, guitar chords and sound file for easy learning)

Guidelines for liturgical music and for composers, and hymn suggestions from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

Website of the Australian Pastoral Musicians Network (APMN), supporting dioceses and Christian worshipping communities by promoting excellence in liturgical, catechetical and religious music, with a special focus on Australian composers

Liturgical music resources from the Catholic Diocese of Maitland–Newcastle, including liturgical guidelines, music for the psalm responses of Clare Tobin RSJ and links to many of the Mass settings used in Australian parishes

Great Catholic Music—a streaming app for sacred hymns and contemporary favourites

Choosing Music for a Funeral—guidelines from the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth’s Centre for Liturgy

Liturgical Song Selections’—Willow Digital Publishing’s free liturgical music planner (note that hymnal references are not given, and music downloads must be purchased)

Liturgy Help—a comprehensive, subscription-based Australian liturgy-planning tool, including music suggestions

Liturgia—Liturgy Brisbane’s subscription-based liturgy-planning tool, including searchable hymn indexes

Hymnary.org—a comprehensive index of hymns and hymnals, including biographical information about authors and composers

One License—a subscription-based service that makes it easy for worshiping communities to obtain reproduction permissions of copyrighted music for congregational use from an extensive list of member publishers

CCLI—a subscription-based licensing service, giving parishes access to a range of Christian music and media while easing the burden of copyright administration

The ‘Gospel Communion’ series on the Pray Tell blog—commentaries on the Psallite communion antiphon for each Sunday and feast day, including a short demo recording of each antiphon

GIA Publications—publisher of an extensive range of liturgical music and resources, including their ‘Music by Date Planner’, which suggests choral editions for every season, Sunday and feast day

OCP—a major international publisher of liturgical music and worship resources, including a range of helpful music-focussed blogs and podcasts

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