Oremus Hymnal

This online hymnal contains texts and MIDI files of tunes used in much of the English-speaking world, with particular emphasis on the Anglican tradition. Eventually there will be over 5000 pages on this site; currently the number is about 2250. Currently, thirty-seven hymnals are indexed on this site.

At present, not all of the files are available. The public domain texts of the first six hymnals (marked with an asterisk in the hymnal indexes below) are completely uploaded. I am now working on standardizing the page formats, adding additional MIDIs and another 3000 or so pages of texts from an additional 40 Anglican hymnals published since the first appearance of Hymns Ancient & Modern in 1861. It is my hope that this site become the comprehensive source of information about the extensive tradition of Anglican and English-language hymnody.

Some MIDI files have yet to be uploaded, so you may find an occasional error message. In the coming months, several more indexes will be created. Also, you may find that URLs will be changing, especially to specific hymns as I work on renumbering the hymns to account for the expanded indexes. If you link to a specific hymn, be aware that its URL may change.

For the full text or a tune to be included, it must be in the public domain, which means for the most part written before 1923.

Please note: You may find that the text of a hymn is not exactly the one found in a given hymnal--most often, this page includes the original or an older version of a text. Hymnal editors have been editing the texts of hymns for centuries; some of these changes are included here; many are not. Please make sure you check the text thoroughly before using it in public worship. This especially applies to those using hymnals published in the last twenty years.

Accompanying the text of each hymn you will find information about the author of the text, its meter and various settings of music for each text. Also, MIDI files have been provided for many of the texts. The MIDI file you hear when the page opens is for the first tune named. This site is meant as a companion to the hymnals of the Anglican Communion and does not provide musical notation for the hymns.

For Scorch scores of the 1940 Hymnal, you may want to try this site.

If you do not find what you are looking for here, you may find it at The Cyber Hymnal.

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Tune Index

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Numerical Indexes to the Hymnals

Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874

The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868

The Sarum Hymnal, 1869

The Church Hymnal (US), 1874

The Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874

Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874

Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924

A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879

The Universal Hymn Book, 1885

The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892

The Hymnal Companion to The Book of Common Prayer, 3rd edition, 1890

The Yattendon Hymnal, 1900

Church Hymns, New Edition, 1903

Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904

The English Hymnal, 1906 *

The Book of Common Praise, 1908

The Hymnal 1916

Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917

Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919

Church Hymnal Revised (Hutchins), 1920

The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925

Songs of Praise, 1925

Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931

The Book of Common Praise, 1938 *

The Hymnal 1940 *

Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950 *

The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1960

Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960

Anglican Hymn Book, 1965

The Hymn Book 1971

The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977

The Hymnal 1982 *

Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983

The New English Hymnal, 1985 *

Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988

Church Family Worship, 1988

Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996

Common Praise, The Anglican Church of Canada, 1998

Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999

Sing Glory, 1999

Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000

Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000

Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000

Complete Mission Praise, 2000

Seasonal Indexes

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Christmas
Epiphany
Lent
Holy Week
Easter
Ascension
Pentecost

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This site was created by Steve Benner
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