Friends of the English Liturgy

Friends of the English Liturgy was founded in Chicago in 1963 in the midst of the Second Vatican Council. Dennis J. Fitzpatrick (nda) began the firm to sell his own ‘Demonstration Mass in English’. Within a few years he had signed a contract with songwriter Ray Repp and published Hymnal for Young Christians, subtitled ‘A supplement to adult Hymnals’, and one of the first hymnals intended for guitar accompaniment. The music of Repp and many other composers in the collection became widely popular, and the book was greatly enlarged in 1970 and 1973 editions. In the late 60s the organization became F.E.L. Publications, Ltd. and opened an office in Los Angeles. At the height of its popularity,...

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