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Organ Accompaniment Music CDs
Forty Anglican Episcopal Hymns


Chapel of St. Mary Magdalene

ST. MARY MAGDALENE'S RETREAT is pleased to offer a set of two CDs designed to accompany the singing of hymns during worship services. While it would be fantastic to always have an church organ and organist, it is not always possible. Organ accompaniment music on compact disc is the ideal choice for home churches, small parishes, outdoor services, and those times when an organist is unavailable.

These CDs were made by music freely accessible in the public domain and were originally prepared for use exclusively at the Chapel of St. Mary Magdalene located on the retreat grounds. Each hymn has a short musical introduction so that everyone can begin singing at the same time and each ends with an "amen." There are a total of 40 different tunes and, depending upon which hymnal is used (1940 Hymnal or 1982 Hymnal), can provide accompaniment for 56-59 different hymns.

Each set of two CDs comes with a Hymn Cross Reference Guide* organized into the following categories:

  • Tunes on each CD (in alphabetical order)
  • First Line
  • 1940 Hymnal Number
  • 1982 Hymnal Number,
  • and Theme

* If, by chance, you already have one or both of Roger Read's organ accompaniment CDs from Cecilia Recordings (Twenty Favourite Hymns and/or Christmas Carols), please indicate that you would like the FOUR-CD Hymn Cross Reference Guide sent with your order which includes entries from these CDs. Sadly, Mr. Read passed away in October, 2005, and at present these CDs are no longer available for purchase, but if you already have either one, the four-CD guide is definitely what you want sent. Otherwise, the standard two-CD guide will be sent.

List of Hymns:

Bethany (5 vs) Nearer, my God, to thee
Coronation (6 vs) All hail the power of Jesus' Name
Cranham (4 vs) In the bleak mid-winter
Creation (3 vs) The spacious firmament on high
Diademata (5 vs) Crown him with many crowns
Dix (4 vs) As with gladness men of old
Praise to God, immortal praise
Down Ampney (3 vs) Come down, O Love divine
Dundee (5 vs) Let saints on earth in concert sing
O God of Bethel
The people who in darkness walked
Ein Feste Burg (4 vs) A mighty fortress is our God
Erie (3 vs) What a friend we have in Jesus
Greensleeves (3 vs) What child is this
Halifax (2 vs) And have the bright immensities
We limit not the truth
Heinlein (5 vs) Forty days and forty nights
Hollingside (2 vs) Jesus, Lover of my soul
Take my life and let it be
Hyfrydol (3 vs) Alleluia! sing to Jesus!
Love divine, all loves excelling
Kingsfold (3 vs) O Jesus crowned with all renown
When Jesus left his Father's throne
Laudes Domini (5 vs) When morning gilds the skies
Melita (4 vs) Almighty Father, strong to save
Eternal Father, strong to save
Mendon (3 vs) Come gracious Spirit, heav'nly Dove
Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest
Lord of all being, throned afar
Moscow (4 vs) Christ for the world we sing!
Come thou almight King
Thou, whose almighty word
Nova Vita (4 vs) Breathe on me, breath of God
Nun Danket (3 vs) Lord God, we worship thee!
Now thank we all our God
Ora Labora (5 vs) Come, labor on
Passion Chorale (4 vs) Commit thou all that grieves thee
O sacred head, sore wounded
Picardy (4 vs) Let all mortal flesh keep silence
Praise to the Lord (4 vs) Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
St. Denio (4 vs) Immortal, invisible, God only wise
St. Elisabeth (3 vs) Fairest Lord Jesus
Father of mercy, Lover of all children
St. Flavian (5 vs) Lord, who throughout these forty days
O God, unseen yet ever near
Thy kingdom come! on bended knee
Lo! what a cloud of witnesses
St. George’s Windsor (4 vs) Come, ye thankful people, come
St. Patrick (7 vs) I bind unto myself today
Sine Nomine (8 vs) For all the saints who from their labors rest
Slane (4 vs) Angels and ministers
Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart
Lord of all hopefulness
Stuttgart (4 vs) Come, thou long expected Jesus
Earth has many a nobel city
Toplady (3 vs) Rock of ages, cleft for me
Veni Emmanuel (7 vs) O come, O come, Emmanuel
Vigiles et Sancti (4 vs) All creatures of our God and King
Ye watchers and ye holy ones
Were You There (3 vs) Were you there when they crucified my Lord
Woodbird (4 vs) Hail to the Lord's annointed
O day of rest and gladness
Woodworth (6 vs) Just as I am, without one plea

Customer Comments:

"I just received the CDs I ordered from you and have been listening to them. They are just absolutely beautiful! I am truly blessed to have them. Many, if not most, of the hymns are in traditional Catholic hymnals. Otherwise I am familiar with a lot of them growing up as a Lutheran. I just love and enjoy organ music and music like what is on these CDs is a great blessing in times of meditation, and even traveling in my car. Again, thanks so much for them!"
~ Gary McClard, Missouri

"I am glad to know this collection of CD hymns in available to help churches of any size with their worship of Jesus Christ. Your selection of hymns is excellent, representing many of the greatest hymns of all times, and the tempos are, in my estimation, just right - lively yet dignified, not too draggy as some organ recordings are wont to be. Some thirty years ago I was a missionary starting new congregations from scratch, and how I would have loved to have this set available back then...If you use an average of three hymns per service, these forty hymns alone would provide enough for an entire church year with something like one repetition every 13 weeks - that is, no hymn would need to be repeated more often than about once per quarter year. JJW+"
~ The Rev'd Jeff Williams, Canon Ordinary, The Traditional Protestant Episcopal Church of Atlanta, Georgia


The two CD set comes in slimline jewel cases with your choice of Hymn Cross Reference Guide for $34.95. This price includes shipping within the United States and Canada. For shipping to other countries, please contact us for additional costs.

You may purchase your two CD set instantly with your credit card through PayPal by using the link below.

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This page last updated on 2019-oct-07

St. Mary Magdalene's Retreat
Yreka, California
Rev'd Chris Enda-Luke CCS, Director

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Community of Christ the Sower (CCS)
St. Mary Magdalene's Church, Yreka
Anglican Church in North America
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