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Through interviews with composers, text writers, and more, "Open Your Hymnal" explores the most consequential liturgical music heard in churches around the world.

Open Your Hymnal Zack Stachowski & Matt Reichert

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Through interviews with composers, text writers, and more, "Open Your Hymnal" explores the most consequential liturgical music heard in churches around the world.

    Songs for This Time of Pain and Darkness

    Songs for This Time of Pain and Darkness

    As with all of you, things at Open Your Hymnal have been different the last several weeks. So, we’re behind with our new episodes. We promise we’ll get back to them very soon. 

    In the meantime, though, we can’t ignore the things that are happening in our communities. We’re feeling the pile up of grief, sadness, anger, and hopelessness. So, we offer these songs to you, hoping they meet you wherever you are, that they accompany you, speak to you. At a time when, on the one hand we’ve lost our ability to sing together and, on the other hand, we’re made speechless by so much pain and injustice, we hope that we can still be fed, lead, and joined together by a power that can only come through music. 

    There won’t be any conversation in this episode, just the music. Thank you for spending this time with us in prayer and reflection. May we be healed, but never the same. May we all respond to the call, accept the commission, for real work, real action, real justice. 

    • 58 min
    OYH Prayer Series: Easter Vigil

    OYH Prayer Series: Easter Vigil

    This is the night! Our prayer series concludes with this offering for the Easter Vigil. You’ll hear prayers written by John Kyler, a reflection given by Fr. Michael Joncas, and music selections from several composers. May it be a way for you to enter deeply into these holy days, and may it serve as a way for us all to pray together, though we are apart.

    So, please pray with us!

    OYH Prayer Series: Good Friday

    OYH Prayer Series: Good Friday

    Our prayer series continues with this offering for Good Friday, or Friday of the Passion of the Lord. You’ll hear prayers written by John Kyler, a reflection given by Fr. Michael Joncas, and music selections from several composers. May it be a way for you to enter deeply into these holy days, and may it serve as a way for us all to pray together, though we are apart.

    So, please pray with us!

    OYH Prayer Series: Holy Thursday

    OYH Prayer Series: Holy Thursday

    These holy days of Triduum are unlike any other days of the year. This year, for many in areas affected by COVID-19, our celebration will be unlike any other year. In order to provide a way for us to still pray together, we are presenting a special podcast series for Triduum. You’ll hear prayers written by John Kyler, a reflection given by Fr. Michael Joncas, and music selections from several composers.

    So, please pray with us!

    OYH Prayer Series: Stations of the Cross

    OYH Prayer Series: Stations of the Cross

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    At this time of year, communities gather together to pray the Stations of the Cross. However, due to the spread of COVID-19, this is not possible for many parishes around the world. In order to provide a way for us to still walk the way of the Cross together, we are presenting a special podcast version of Stations of the Cross with original reflections and prayers as well as a newly composed music setting by Zack Stachowski. You’ll also hear several selections from several composers you know..
    So, please pray with us!

    Notes and resources
    You can find the music you heard via the following links: “Way of the Cross” (Francisco), “Restless is the Heart” (Farrell), “Sing Out, My Soul” (Whitaker), “When One Among Us” (True), “The Cross of Jesus” (O’Brien), “Psalm 22: My God, My God” (Montgomery), and “Ave Verum Corpus” (Moore).













































    Download the guide for use in your home or parish by following the links below!
    The Way of the Cross: A Prayer of Hope and Healing Amidst a Global PandemicPARISH USE versionINDIVIDUAL/FAMILY USE versionPURCHASE MUSIC for the sung introductionsGuided Video Prayer





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    2020 Hymn Tune Madness Tournament

    2020 Hymn Tune Madness Tournament

    It’s back! Our favorite podcasting event of the year returns with the 2020 “Hymn Tune Madness” Tournament. This year our bracket is populated with hymn tunes voted on by you, our faithful listeners. There are some returners from our first tournament last year, with favorites like NETTLETON, HYFRYDOL, SLANE, and PASSION CHORALE. There are also several upstarts who are making their first appearance in the tournament, like OLD HUNDREDTH, LAND OF REST, and AR HYD Y NOS.

    You can download and fill-in your own bracket here. Share it with us on social media and join the conversation on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. The voting will begin on Monday, March 23 with one match-up being decided each day. Voting will take place on our social media pages, so follow us for more information and updates.

    Today’s episode is an exploration of the first round match-ups, talking through each pairing in our two divisions, “New Britain” and “Darwall.” You’ll hear excerpts of each tune, and a special tribute to the 2019 Grand Champion, THAXTED.

    So, please open your tournament brackets!

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