World Library of Sacred Music

World Library of Sacred Music/ World Library Publications was founded in 1950, Cincinnati, Ohio, by Omer Westendorf* as an importer of church music from Europe. The name was later changed to World Library Publications (WLP) to reflect that the mission of the company had developed from importer to publisher. The company became involved in the mid-20th century liturgical movement in the Roman Catholic Church (see Roman Catholic hymnody, USA*) . In response to a need for theologically sound hymns for worship in English the People’s Hymnal was published in Cincinnati in 1955. The collection was compiled by seminarians from the Theological College in Washington, DC, and contained hymns drawn...

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