[See Christopher Mahon’s article at the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society’s blog. An excerpt is provided below.]
Originally published in 1906 and edited by the renowned (& patrimonial) composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, the English Hymnal went through many editions over the course of the twentieth century and was followed by an updated version, the New English Hymnal, in 1986, which has itself gone through numerous printings. The EH & NEH have been strong influences on the ecclesial musical culture of the English-speaking peoples for more than a hundred years and are still used by Anglicans, Catholics, and others all around the world.
Thanks be to God – and Pope Benedict XVI – we in the ordinariate are able to continue worshipping God as Catholics according to our beloved Anglican tradition, and thanks to the generosity of anonymous benefactors, our Toronto parish does so with our own set of New English Hymnals.