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Cantus Christi 2020: Psalter & Hymnal

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Cantus Christi

Recover our great Christian musical heritage!

Our affections are shaped and molded by the music we sing and hear. Currently, the happy clappy Evangelical church is limited to a very small range of musical expression, and if our music does not train us to vigorously celebrate or to bitterly lament, how will we and our children be prepared when great victories or great tragedies confront us. Will we have the right words come to our minds?

What songs are inside?

This hymnal includes

  • some familar classics (A Mighty Fortress; And Can It Be; Holy, Holy, Holy; When I Survey the Wondrous Cross)
  • some memorable but unknown compositions (St. Patrick's Breastplate; The Son of God Goes Forth to War) and
  • over a hundred and twenty Psalms
  •  Complete Psalter with triple the settings: Cantus 2020 contains at least one complete metrical setting of every Psalm (increased from 114 to 300)
  • More than double the number of Hymns (increased from 189 to 402, yes now it includes Amazing Grace!)
  • More Service Music (increased from 28 to 42)
  • More fuguing tunes (increased from 6 to 26)
  • Removed all chants, decreased the bulk of the Genevan Psalms by half, and added all 50 through-composed Erb Psalms.
Cantus features
  • Minor updates and corrections have been made.
  • Page count doubled: 478 to 830 pages. The price did not double: $29.95 list price
  • Easy-clean gray Kivar cover stock
  • Weight increase: 2.3lbs to 2.7lbs (width increase: 1.5” to 1.75”)
  • All-new formatting with high-visibility page numbers and text
  • Introductions by Douglas Wilson, Ben Zornes, and Michael E. Owens
  • Original, unabridged lyrics for classic songs
Recordings & resources
Publishing details

AUTHOR: Christ Church

PREFACE: Douglas Wilson


SIZE: 6x9.5"

BINDING: Hardback

ISBN-13: 9781734676501

ISBN-10: 1734676507

Product information

This is a preorder. Cantuses are scheduled to ship by Feb 9.

Bulk orders continue to receive a 10% discount for quantities over $40, but they do not receive free shipping after Dec 15.

This is not a new edition of the 2020 Cantus as only two changes have occurred.

  • typo corrections
  • price adjustment from $23 to $29 to cover costs enough to maintain stock



like the once imprisoned minister John Durie, joined by thousands of Scots whose praises alarmed a chief persecutor more than anything else he'd seen in Scotland.



that trains you to vigorously celebrate or to bitterly lament, that prepares us and our children when great victories or great tragedies confront us.


Spiritual Songs

that flexes muscles long atrophied by happy clappy, Jesus-is-my-boyfriend radio hits, and hear strong harmonies by your congregation, not just a special choir.

Customer Reviews

Based on 149 reviews
Jacob P.

Cantus Christi 2020: Psalter & Hymnal

george k.
Love this Psalter/hymnal

I really wanted to learn how to sing the psalms. I go to a Baptist Church. We sing some of these hymns but we never sing psalms so I wanted to learn how to do it with the help of this book and the videos online it's very helpful for learning.

Ann M.H.

Cantus Christi 2020: Psalter & Hymnal

Zachary M.
One of the greatest treasures I own

This Psalter and Hymnal is amazing. I love how it has all the psalms as well as the other categories of hymns. I sometimes feel as though I could conquer all the world and the great powers of hell when singing some of the psalms and battle hymns, and I feel as though I have reached greater depths of adoration and faith.

Ashtyn B.
Our Favorite Psalter/Hymnal

Our family and many members of our church love the Cantus Christi. We use this for singing in our home with our children and friends. It is beautiful and we love how the psalms/songs are organized.

Maggie S.

Cantus Christi 2020 is full of worship for the LORD.

Travis D.
Great tool

Perfect for family worship!

Ryan K.
An heirloom.

I am a newbie to singing psalms or leading family worship, but with this excellent collection I hope to start soon! Good tunes, well organized.

Landon T.

Cantus Christi 2020: Psalter & Hymnal

Miles R.
This will be a labour, but a worthy outcome.

Christ Church went all the way with this. I didn't realize how much more of a hymnal this was. This would take some time and effort as a church to sing these songs well, but its perfectly fitting and glorifying to God to labour in this and create a beautiful praise to the LORD!