Ash Wednesday!

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We have a sung Mass for Ash Wednesday! Hooray!

First cab off the rank is the little introit sort of thing at the beginning before the blessing of ashes.

Ideally we would sing straight from the Liber Usualis. We’re not quite up to that yet, especially with only a few days notice and maybe an hour’s practice before Mass on the night. If all else fails we can even sing it monotone. For now have a listen to this simplified antiphon:

exaudinos.mp3 (only 2.4Mb)
I sing it through once as it will be sung then I do the antiphon part one more time for good measure.
And the sheet music: exaudinos1.pdf

We will be singing Mass 18 – the easiest one in the book. Lent is a great time for simple easy music – and the organist has a holiday!

Probably the rest will be psalm tones, but I’m looking at the chant for the distribution of ashes next. Responsories are fun – they have something like a recurring catch and if I can just do that bit properly and the rest psalm toned… Just wish I had more time here.

It’s also time to get out the lenten hymns. Our Latin repertoire is Parce Domine, Attende Domine and Audi Benigne Conditor. If I just bung all three into the end of the booklet and we can take our pick on the night depending what our makeshift choir knows.

Ready set GO!

UPDATE! propers2.pdf – 16 pages with Mass 18 and all the propers psalm toned or simplified with safety net psalm tone version provided. Lots of extra verses for Communion too. I haven’t included the extra hymnish things (Parce Domine, Attende Domine, Audi benigne conditor) as the words are in the pew books and I’ll bring copies of the Parish Book of Chant along and Libers and that will be better for now.

Printed pew sheets – words and translations, courtesy of Maternal Heart of Mary resources.


Regina Caeli/Coeli

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I’m getting in a little early here, but you need time to get practice, don’t you?

On Sunday, it will be Easter! In Easter time we replace the Angelus with the Regina Caeli. The cool thing about the Regina Caeli is that you can sing it. For background and a great story on the origin of the hymn, see Regina Caeli at Thesaurus Precum Latinarum.

Here is the Regina Caeli arranged for one A5 page with the music followed by the versicle, response and the collect – even if you don’t read music, it can help you get the hang of the tune.

Here is a gregorian schola from Milan to run you through the music three times – I guess they’re singing it thrice because it’s such a short antiphon. Usually we only sing it through the once.

And here is Pope Benedict XVI reciting the Regina Caeli – a little choppy, but still cool. It has chopped off the beginning and has extra prayers on the end.

Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto, sicut erat in principio et nunc et semper et in saecula saeculorum x 3

Requiem aeternam, dona eis domine. Et lux perpetua luceat eis. (Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord…)
Requiescant in pace.

Sit nomen Domini benedictum. (May the name of the Lord be blessed)
Ex hoc nunc et usque in saeculum. (From now and forevermore.)
Adjutorium nostrum in nomine Domini. (Our help is in the name of the Lord)
Qui fecit caelum et terram. (Who made heaven and earth)

Benedicat vos omnipotens Deus, Peter et Filius et Spiritu Sanctus. (May almighty God bless you…)

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.

Haec Dies

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Haec Dies or This is the Day

Haec Dies or This is the Day

You may be wondering why I’m typing an Easter antiphon in October. I’m working on a calendar with short pieces for each month and this is April.

This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. This is the original gregorian chant version. It recurs through Easter week. It is the most complicated thing I can sing so I like it.

To listen you can find it in Easter Sunday at St. Benedict’s Monastery, Sao Paolo.

Start with an Antiphon

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Under thy patronage we fly

Under thy patronage we fly

The first installment in what hopes to be a good collection of hymns.  Starting with an ancient antiphon in honour of Mary, Mother of God.

This piece was set using gregorio with the free font

And a free mp3 recording – Capsicum mundi – after the St Anthony pic
or go straight to the mp3 file.