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Join us!
Friday, April 5, 2024 from 
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

St. Paul's is legendary as a church that raises the roof with hymn singing. During a procession with incense, crowned by a thrilling descant from the boys, in our reverberant acoustic, our hymns resound all the way to heaven, lifting us all closer to God.

What hymns do you love? Do you have a favorite hymn? Does St. Paul's Parish have a favorite hymn? Is there a hymn you'd rather never sing ever again? Is there an anthem in the St. Paul's Boys Choir repertoire that you particularly love?

On Friday, April 5 at 3:00 pm in Di Giovanni Hall, you are invited to our first ever HYMNATHON, during which the Boys Choir will sing all 400 hymns in the St. Paul's Hymnal, from #197 Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding; to #579, The Star-Spangled Banner.


You may browse the entire St. Paul's Hymnal HERE


Why on earth are we doing this?

We will do it for both the challenge and joy of singing through some of Christianity's great hymns, and to raise funds for the Chicago tour, taking place from April 9th to the 14th.

Our goal is to raise $30,000.

How will it work? How will the funds accumulate?

With the boys leading the charge, everyone is invited to join in and sing along. Stop by for ten minutes, an hour, or stay for the whole thing! Hymnals and refreshments will be provided. We will sing only the first stanza of each hymn, unless someone wishes to purchase the following:

  • a second, third or fourth stanza

  • your favorite descant, sung by the boys

  • a hymn that's NOT in the St. Paul's Hymnal

  • a beloved anthem from the boys' repertoire

  • a hymn that we should skip. Be nice, though!


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Do I have to be there to donate to this great cause?


No, you do not have to be present. You can contribute in many ways.

  • Our students will be bringing home (and soliciting patrons from the parish) pledge forms for you, friends and family members to fill out. We will send out invoices for your selections on the pledge forms and you can either mail in a check or give them to your favorite student once the Hymnathon is complete.

  • Patrons can complete the pledge form electronically by using this online form HERE

  • Spread the word via email by sending a link to this website!


We would LOVE for you to join us at some point (or for the whole event) on

Friday, April 5th from 3:00 until 7:00 for the Hymnathon in person in DG Hall.

Concluding in St. Paul's Church. 

Refreshments and snacks will be served!


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