Frequently Asked Questions - Search
You can use the search at the top of every page, then click the Songs tab in the search results. Search by song title or composer. You can also use our Music Finder, which, besides a search tool, lets you browse by song title, liturgical celebration, hymn tune, language, liturgical use, ritual, scripture passage, liturgical season, music style, index topics, and composer.
All search results are based on relevancy. So, the more words in your search criteria, the more specific the results. The positioning of search results may change slightly over time as it is affected by user activity. Search results are organized into five tabs. Browse the four tabs to the right of the All tab to see results filtered by type. For instance, all results related to events will be in the Events tab.
Use our Music Finder to browse by song title, liturgical celebration, hymn tune, language, liturgical use, ritual, scripture passage, liturgical season, music style, index topics, and composer. Once you click on one browsing category, you can simply click on the other tabs to browse by a different category.
OCP.org has a special search for sheet music/octavos. With this powerful tool, you can enter the song title, composer, voicing, instrumentation, and/or thematic keywords to find the sheet music you're looking for. The search results are limited to sheet music/octavos, manuscripts and music for downloading (PDF format). On this same page, there are tools for browsing sheet music/octavos by title, style (contemporary, traditional hymns), language (intercultural and Spanish/bilingual), voicing (treble choir for adults or children), and our Trinitas choral series. You can also click the Contents tab on any music collection (CD/songbook) page. If sheet music is available for a song in that collection, a linked check mark will appear in the Sheet Music column on the right. Click the check mark to go to a song detail page. Click the Sheet Music tab there for a list of all available sheet music/octavos.
When you search or browse for songs and click on the song title, you will see a page with detailed information about the song. The title, composer and first line are shown at the top. The Music Player under the sheet music icon lets you listen to an audio sample of the song. The tabs below provide more information. The Index tab organizes information about the song according to Day, Liturgical, Ritual, Scripture, and Topical. The Products tab lists the missals, hymnals, collections/CDs, and/or songbooks that the song is part of. The Sheet Music tab lists available sheet music/octavos.