It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.

I miss singing the parts of the Mass.

Most of the information out there on how to learn to sing a Missa Cantata is aimed at established choirs. We don’t have a full time choir – I play the organ to accompany hymns for our usual Sunday Low Mass. Most of our regulars are young families without time for choir practice – also we live miles apart. In the past we’ve had a wonderful choirmaster come and sing the parts of the Mass solo, but that’s understandably a lot of work for one person and underappreciated when the people in the pews don’t know enough to join in.

So here’s the plan. Teach everybody in the congregation to sing. Aim for the stars, land in the clouds. Yesterday I handed out CDs and booklets after Mass for people to listen to. It was mostly rough recordings, but I did add some tracks from Music for the taken from recordings from Solesmes at the end to give something easy to listen to. In case it helps, here are the rough recordings.

Music for the twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
responses – you need to know these ones
ordinary – I would really like you to know these ones
proper – if you could manage these ones too that would be great
00intro – talk, no singing

01Asperges – part of the ordinary of the Mass

02introit – part of the proper of the Mass – this is not the prescribed chant but the psalm tone of the same mode. It doesn’t match the psalm tones provided on the Rene site just in case you were looking for recordings to match their very well thought out score.

03kyrie11 – ordinary

04gloria – ordinary

05collect – responses

The next two tracks came from Rene and I won’t replicate them here. They were the chants abreges versions of the Gradual and the Alleluia for the day.
08Gospel – responses

09Credo1 – ordinary

10Offertory – proper

11prepref – responses

12sanctus18 – ordinary – ideally this would be the Sanctus from Mass 11, but to keep things simple I’ve picked setting from Mass 18. This is okay.

13pater – responses

14agnusdei – ordinary

15communion – proper – I love this one.

16itemissaest – ordinary

The booklets have been updated a little from the past blog post. Today’s link will give you the exact booklet I handed out yesterday. The booklet for the actual Mass will probably be a little different again. I’d like to add Adoro (te) devote as a communion hymn and some recessional.

There are some mistakes in the recordings, but I’ll leave them as is – you can see I’m not the expert, just this wife and mother. I’m hoping to get a male cantor at least for the ordinaries. I haven’t come across any rulings that females can’t lead the singing, but it still seems rather odd to me – odd to here a female voice start off the Kyrie and so on. We are blessed to have a priest who can sing very well, so there’s no worry on that part. All in all it should be a good day. Hopefully everyone will embrace it and we can make it a regular thing.

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