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|Preceded by||Gotteslob, 1975|
Gotteslob ("Praise of God") is the title of the hymnbook authorized by the Catholic dioceses in Germany, Austria, South Tyrol, Luxembourg and Liège, Belgium. First published in Advent 2013, it is the current official hymnal for German-speaking Catholics, succeeding the first common German hymnal, the 1975 edition of the same name. Each diocese published a book containing a common section and a regional section. The first editions amounted to around 4 million copies.
Gotteslob was developed as a sequel of the first common German hymnal, Gotteslob of 1975. It was developed over a period of 10 years by around 100 experts, who studied the use of hymns, conducting surveys and running tests in selected congregations. Gotteslob was published by Catholic dioceses in Germany, Austria, South Tyrol, and is also used by German-speaking parishes in Luxembourg and the Diocese of Liège, Belgium. It was introduced from Advent 2013, beginning on 1 December. It is intended to serve as a hymnal for church services as well as for private use. The first editions were around 4 million copies.
Each diocese published a book containing a common section called Stammteil, and a regional section with hymns for the specific diocese. The common section includes a list of songs.
Changes in 2013
Some songs were composed for the 2013 edition, including the melody for "Heilig, heilig, heilig Gott" by Oliver Sperling. Some songs were moved from regional sections to the common section, including Christoph Bernhard Verspoell's Christmas carol "Menschen, die ihr wart verloren". Some songs were added, including Tersteegen's "Gott ist gegenwärtig", the penitential "Zeige uns, Herr, deine Allmacht und Güte", written in 1982 by Raymund Weber to an older melody, the midsummer hymn "Das Jahr steht auf der Höhe", and "Herr, du bist mein Leben" (Lord, You are my life), a translation of a popular Italian 1977 "Symbolum" by Pierangelo Sequeri.
Gotteslob was critically received as a book by too few experts, with too little input from the practicing congregations.
List of hymns
This list is structured by the themes in the hymnal. The first column has the song's number in the hymnal, with an added letter ö for ökumenisch, meaning songs sung ecumenically, especially those also contained in the common Protestant hymnal Evangelisches Gesangbuch. The second column has the title, the third the origin of the text, the fourth the origin of the melody, the fifth notes such as for which occasion a song is useful.
- "Das Gotteslob (2013) – kurz zusammengefasst". Deutsches Liturgisches Institut (in German). Retrieved 1 November 2019.
- "Themen- und Projektseiten: Gotteslob – das "Buch aus der Ära Benedikt XVI."". Musik und Theologie (in German). Retrieved 1 November 2019.
- Literature by and about Gotteslob in the German National Library catalogue
- Official website
- Das neue Gotteslob (in German) Diocese of Cologne 2013
- Zur Einführung des neuen Gotteslob (in German) Diocese of Stuttgart December 2013
- Videoclips zu fast allen Gesängen aus dem "Gotteslob"-Stammteil (in German) kirchenmusikkommission.at March 2020
- Abgleich Gotteslob 1975 – Gotteslob 2013 Diocese of Würzburg 2013
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