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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

    • Christianity
    • 4.8 • 40 Ratings

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

    OYH Selects: Creator of the Stars of Night

    OYH Selects: Creator of the Stars of Night

    We are proud to bring you this interview replay! This episode was originally posted in December, 2018.

    Happy New Liturgical Year! Advent has just begun, and to kick things off, we’re bringing you one of our favorite seasonal episodes from the past four years. Join Zack Stachowski and Matt Reichert as they speak with composer Carol Browning about “Creator of the Stars of Night.” Bob Moore stops by to talk about Carol’s music, and Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB, gives some historical background to the 1,000-year-old chant hymn at the core of this piece. Plus, you’ll hear a bunch of great music in the OYH Playlist.

    So, please open your hymnal to "Creator of the Stars of Night."

    In Memoriam, 2020

    In Memoriam, 2020

    This week we celebrate the Feast of All Souls, and in this time of remembrance, we thought we’d take some time to honor the composers, text authors, and pastoral musicians who passed away over this last year. 

    In this episode, you’ll hear music from six members of our field who died between November 2019 and November 2020. As we celebrate their lives and their contributions, we hope you’ll join us and add in the names of your loved ones, colleagues, friends, mentors, choir members, neighbors – who died in 2020.

    In Every Age

    In Every Age

    We’ve been featuring the music of Janét Sullivan Whitaker in our episodes for several seasons. If you’re a long-time listener of the podcast, you’ve heard her compositions in many “OYH Playlist” segments and special themed episodes. We’re excited to finally feature an interview with Janét, and we discuss all of the usual topics: setting text, crafting melody, and more. We’ll also hear one of our favorite cringe-worthy cantor moments, and you don’t want to miss it.

    So, please open your hymnals to “In Every Age.”

    • 58 min
    Season 4 Kick-Off!

    Season 4 Kick-Off!

    It’s finally here! After an extended summer “break,” we’re happy to be back with an all new episode! Today we’re kicking-off Season 4 of Open Your Hymnal with a special preview episode. You’ll hear a run-down of the songs and composers we’ll be featuring in our upcoming season. You’ll also hear a little more about some of our new approach to programming and interviewing. Our first full interview episode will be out in just a few weeks.

    Of course, we have more plans in the works for Season 4 than we were able to talk about in today’s episode. We’ve got additional interviews, some surprise guests, lots of themed episodes, and more. If you haven’t already done so, follow us on social media (Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter). Subscribe so you’ll never miss an episode! You can subscribe to OYH on Apple Music, Spotify, and Google Play.

    We’re glad to have you with us for another season of the show. So, please open your hymnals to Season 4!

    • 58 min
    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!

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

Notsureofmyself163 ,

Love the hymns

I tune in JUST to listen to the hymns. Bonus is the back story on them. You won’t be disappointed.

bodacious becky ,

Fantastic!

I highly recommend this podcast. Don’t wait to listen!

JesGarceau ,

History in the Making

Thanks for capturing the stories behind some of the most known pieces of our time while also introducing your listeners to new music and music that represents the wide diversity of our Church!

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