The Newman Hymnal

The Newman Hymnal is a new website from the University of Notre Dame. The website is designed to assist liturgy teams with planning. Besides music selections for Sundays and major feasts, the website includes videos of several Mass settings.



  1. That’s a weird calendar. It designates the Baptism of the Lord as part of Ordinary Time (no, it’s the end of Christmastide), and there’s a place for the Second Sunday of Christmas, which is never observed in the US because Epiphany is transferred here (and Holy Family is included because it’s usually a Sunday, and Xmas is not because it’s not – except for this coming liturgical year….).

    1. It also suggests Holy Trinity and Corpus Christi fall within the Easter Season. I haven’t read anything post-liturgical reform that indicates Easter extends beyond Pentecost. Even then it was “after Pentecost.” Maybe its just an issue with their graphics?

    2. Karl, The Baptism of the Lord is the 1st Sunday of Ordinary Time, not the end of Christmastide. Take a look at the Ordo Lectionum Missae if you don’t believe me.

      1. Actually, Christmastide ends with Evening Prayer II of the Baptism of the Lord. So indicates the Liturgy of the Hours, and the Missal likewise indicates that Ordinary Time begins after the Baptism of the Lord.

        The usage “Sunday of Ordinary Time” is a misleading one. More accurately, it is Sunday of the Nth week of the Year, or of Ordinally Counted Time. The first such week is incomplete, in terms of propers – it has a Sunday whose propers are the final propers of the Christmas Season. Much like the week following Pentecost has a Sunday whose propers are the final proper of the Easter Season.

      2. I’m at home with no access to anything other than the 1970 Lectionary for Mass (US) which, however, states at the top of p. 136:

        The First Sunday of the Year is the feast of the Baptism of the Lord (see no. 21)

      3. Paul

        I suspect the Lectionary text is the anomaly. The General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar indicate as follows: “33. The Christmas season runs from Evening Prayer I of Christmas until the Sunday after Epiphany or after 6 January, inclusive.” (not the “until” is expressly inclusive, therefore not equivocal. Further on, it indicates that the Baptism of the Lord is that Sunday. This concords with indications given in the Missal and the Liturgy of the Hours.

      4. Karl,

        The solution is much simpler.

        The different Consilium working groups did not communicate with each other, and have left many anomalies as a result. This can be seen in many other areas. This means that we are both right, and we are both also wrong.

        The Ordo Lectionum Missae was one of the first documents to be available in draft form (as far back as late 1968), and thus predates the General Norms for the Liturgical Year, etc. In other words, they got in first!

      5. The different Consilium working groups did not communicate with each other, and have left many anomalies as a result. This can be seen in many other areas.

        Some things never change! “Chalice of my blood” … “and drink this Cup”.

      6. I don’t think so. Canon Law states that where a later law cannot be harmonized with an existing law, then it needs to be adjusted (cf. Canon 21)

      7. My experience is that different (legitimate) sources from Holy See or USCCB say either or both. A Canadian lectionary online ( seems to indicate that BotL is in Christmastide. A conference of bishops cannot determine the end or beginning of a season, right? So perhaps the US lectionary is in error anyway.

        I assume someone dropped the ball: one can find many psalm refrains in the weekday lectionary that conflict with Sundays due to translation errors, so there is precedent for this sort of “copying error”.

    3. Where the Sunday observance of Epiphany is Jan 7 or 8, the Feast of the Baptism is now moved to Monday of the First Week of Ordinary Time. It used to be omitted. Perhaps this is unique to the U.S.?

      The LoH includes Baptism in its Advent and Christmas volume. If the Sunday observance of Epiphany fell on (say) the 5th, the rest of that week would still be part of the Christmas season — even where Epiphany remains firmly on the 6th — and Baptism would be observed on the following Sunday.

      In either case, OT begins on the Monday following the Sunday on which the Christmas season is concluded — even though you still have to use Vol 1 of the LoH for the daily Office.

      1. That is not a change in practice in the US: BoTL has been transferred to Monday in the US Ordo in such an instance for as long as I can remember.

  2. Looks like an excellent resource for the students at Notre Dame…hope they don’t mind if I use it also!

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