Gearing up for Gaudete Sunday

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Sung Mass, second Sunday of the month, 10.45am St Mary’s, Mulgoa.

Choir practice booklet: advent3.pdf

The plan: Mass 17 – the one for Sundays in Advent and Lent
Credo 1
Proper propers, except the gradual and alleluia, which are like what I think the Liber Brevior would have (note to self, I must get myself a printed copy, currently on special at Fraternity Publications)
Rorate Caeli at the offertory – as per Mr Philip’s Mass Propers at Maternal
Hugh Henry‘s Anima Christi for Communion.

The proper propers are the thing to work on. For great videos with recordings from a French Monastery (Triors) and the chant up on the screen see Rene Scroll down to Third Sunday of Advent and click the Video link (the mp3s are alright – usually sung solo by Matthew Curtis)

The ordinaries are at Antoine Daniel

Notice there’s a prayer before Choir Practice at the beginning of the booklet. We need all the help we can get.

Two sundays for practice – it should be fine. If anyone turns up at 10am we can go through music before Mass – I’d like to add in some Latin singing at the Low Masses too – Veni O Sapientia, Conditor alme siderum, … So much music, so little time! and I’ve burnt the dinner, so back down to earth.

Advent – Rorate coeli

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The new idea is to post sheet music and recordings from the Church’s treasury of liturgical music.

Advent is an odd time, we await the Saviour, make straight His paths, fixing things up, pulling out weeds, check the compass, that sort of thing. Getting ready for a Big Party-time.

So, here’s the new resolution – to provide enough here to get people singing everyday gregorian chant. The focus will be on simple seasonal things you can pick up quickly and share with your family. The recordings are just me and my family. I’ll link to more polished recordings when I find them.

Rorate caeli (or coeli) is a great little antiphon with a melancholy feel looking forward to the coming of the Just One. We sing it when lighting the Advent Wreath in the evening.

Rorate caeli desuper et nubes pluant justum

This image comes from my old book called New Book of Old Hymns.

Rorate coeli mp3

Thanks for visiting. If you have any ideas about what would help you sing gregorian chant, I’m all ears.