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Archbishop Hart set to launch new Catholic Worship Book 8 April

Friday 1 April 2016

Media and Communications Office

PRESIDENT of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Archbishop Denis Hart will launch the new Catholic Worship Book II on Friday 8 April at the Catholic Leadership Centre in East Melbourne.

Catholic Worship Book II is an exciting milestone for the Australian Church. It is a joint project of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and the National Liturgical Music Board of the Bishops Commission on Liturgy. Australia’s bishops have commended the book for use in parishes, schools and religious communities in Australia.

‘This new Catholic Worship Book,’ said St Patrick’s Cathedral Director of Music, Dr Paul Taylor, ‘is a revision of the first Catholic Worship Book that was produced in Melbourne in 1985. This new resource is considered to be the official liturgical music resource for Australia.’

Dr Taylor predicts that the new Worship Book will become the standard resource for all of Australia’s cathedrals, churches, parishes, schools, seminaries and theological colleges.

He has also announced that in two years’ time, a full electronic version of the ‘pew edition’ will be available for those parishes and other organisations with data projection.

The new book brings together under the one cover music for the Order of the Mass, as well as the six recommended Mass settings, liturgical music for the rites and sacraments, and all the hymns and songs for the Church’s entire liturgical year.

Director of the Australian Catholic University (ACU) Centre for Liturgy Professor Clare Johnson also hails the new hymnal as an exciting and fresh national resource that will advance the quality of Australia’s liturgical music.

‘With the changes to the liturgy resulting from the 2010 translation of the Roman Missal, Australia needed to update its chief liturgical music book, and the new Catholic Worship Book II provides a wonderfully rich and contemporary resource that brings together music from the best of Australia’s composers alongside those from overseas, ‘ she said.

Professor Johnson added, ‘one of the great parts of the Catholic Worship Book II is its detailed suggestions for choosing appropriate music not only for the Mass throughout the liturgical year, but for the other rites of the Church as well. It has a huge range of liturgical music styles – something for everyone – from traditional Latin chant to contemporary songs. I will certainly be introducing my students to the riches of this new resource.’

The launch by Archbishop Hart will take place on Friday evening 8 April at the Catholic Leadership Centre in East Melbourne For those who cannot attend in person, the launch will be webcast live nationally via from 6—7pm AEST. 

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