Laetare Sunday plans

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The booklets are done:


See the earlier post for links to recordings. Laetare part one.

Going with the order in the booklets:

repleator2 – is not for the Mass, but a prayer before choir practice.

The Asperges is the ad lib one they do in Lent at Maternal Heart. It’s a little simplified from the regular one. I think it’s still okay to do the regular one though if it makes things easier.

laetareantiphon just the antiphon part. The psalm part is prett easy and I’m out of time right now so see how you go!

Hopefully I’ll update this later, but for now you have lots to go on.


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.

Next Sung Mass – Sexagesima

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The “gesima”s are so cool. Growing up Novus Ordo, Ash Wednesday just springs out at you and suddenly it’s Lent. Back in the 1962 calendar you had a little warning with Septuagesima, Sexagesima and Quinquagesima Sundays. They mean Seventieth, Sixtieth and Fiftieth respectively, counting down the days to Easter. Now we only have seven days in a week so they’re fudging the numbers a little here, but you get the idea. Some Orthodox phase out the goodies bit by bit – first its carnival – bye bye meat, then cheesefare – farewell to cheese and dairy, ready for Great Lent.

Also, if you can, the Saturday before Septuagesima is the day to farewell the Alleluia. Vespers has one last Alleluia party before packing them all away for Easter. Now we say “Laus tibi Domine, Rex aeterne gloriae” instead.

So, if we keep the Second Sunday of the month pattern then the next sung Mass is Sexagesima, 12th February this year. We’ll be doing Mass XI and Credo 1 (see Antoine Daniel for music and recordings. I’d like to try for proper Introit and Communion antiphons – see the videos at Rene Goupil. The videos use recordings from French monks and sound tonnes better than the mp3s, but either will help.

brevgradtract.pdf – the relevant page out of the Liber Brevior with the Gradual and Tract.

So the only thing left to type is the Offertory. A quick trip to jgabc and fix up the gabc into propers.pdf.

And then I realise the next sung Mass is actually Candlemas 2nd February – Mass 9. But hopefully that will be a Girraween choir Mass.

So to recap

  1. first, make sure you know Mass XI and Credo I.
  2. then look at Introit and Communion videos from Rene Goupil. If they look awful that’s okay. We should have a go the week before and see and I can always do another psalm tone.
  3. then have a look at Liber Brevior’s brevgradtract.pdf and the offertory in propers.pdf

Don’t worry if you only get as far as the first point – that’s still a great start.

We usually end with a hymn in English. The collect mentions St Paul. We can always go for a Marian hymn. We can flip for it.

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.

First draft for next Sung Mass

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Plans are shaping up already for the next sung Mass at Mulgoa. The date is 9th October, the seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost.

I’m sticking with the same ordinary parts as before. The new propers I’ve just recorded tonight. This is not the interpretation of an expert – My background is in listening to the music at the Maternal Heart Church for a few years (1998-2007 roughly). I welcome feedback and any offers of recordings.

There’s a geek rule that says release early, release often. My main motive for getting these out so early is a week off next week and budding interest from unexpected sources.

First the draft booklet here: OctobersSungMass

Next the propers:


Gradual The Gradual and Alleluia are taken from the Liber Brevior – they put the text to psalm tones, except they keep the original “Alleluia”.

Alleluia This may seem very complex, but it gets easier with familiarity – believe me, I had to go over this many times for the recording! Most Masses the Rene Goupil site has very good recordings from the Monks of Solesmes, but not 17th Sunday After Pentecost. They do have a simplified tune for the Alleluia from Chantes Abreges. We did these last time but they were unfamiliar so harder to get a hold on.



Lastly, the extra communion hymn is Jesu dulcis memoria – this is just a random pick on my part. Last month’s Adoro te devote was great.

For responses and ordinaries see the earlier post To prepare for a simple sung Mass. Kyrie and Gloria from Mass 11, Credo 1, Sanctus and Agnus Dei from Mass 18.

You’re all set, you got your booklet, you got your recordings, listen, read, sing!

To prepare for a simple Sung Mass


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.

Next How the Sung Mass Went

Missa Cantata simplicissimo

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12th Sunday after Pentecost – just your average Sunday – or is it?

Have you heard the term “four hymn sandwich”? It’s been bugging me lately. We have a newish Latin Mass community and its still putting down roots. I’ve volunteered to pick hymns and even play the organ (!) for Sunday Mass, but I really miss singing along to the parts of the Mass like we did in the days when we went to Maternal Heart of Mary Church, Lewisham. Now, not everyone knows the parts to sing along. The best way to learn is to have everyone singing them regularly – not just for special occasions. The best way would be to learn the everyday, simpler music first and work your way up to the big occasions.

So, this is the plan: to have a sung Mass once a month. To make booklets to make it easy to follow and CDs to give people a chance to learn the parts at home.

FirstSundaySept.pdf is the booklet.

There are three grades of music to learn.

  1. The Mass responses – Amen and Et cum spiritu tuo.
  2. The Ordinary of the Mass – Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei, Ite Missa Est.
  3. The Propers – Entrance hymn/Introit, Gradual, Alleluia, Offertory, Communion hymn.

Now the first are pretty easy. The second are a bit more challenging, but you can choose whichever Mass setting you can manage. Mass XVIII is the simplest – intended for the simplest of masses.

The third level, the propers, are very intimidating, but again, you don’t have to use the elaborate chants which set the standard. You can sing the texts to psalm tones.

Rene Goupil is a website with all the propers for all the Sundays and feast days of the year. In pdf and mp3 recordings – even some with videos! They give the standard elaborate chants along with a simplified version from a book called Chants Abreges. They also give an extremely simplified version – all the texts sung to the one psalm tone – typed up on 4 pages ready to sing. It’s all spelled out, even the Gloria Patri.

The booklet I’ve put together has the Mass responses, ordinaries from Mass XI, Credo I and Mass XVIII, propers to the psalm tone matching the settings in the Liber Usualis, except for the Gradual and Alleluia which I’ve typed up from the Chants Abreges. I’ve put in the readings too, thanks to the Mass Propers available from Maternal Heart of Mary Traditional Latin Mass Community.

Next is to patch together a CD. I’ve already mentioned the mp3s available through Rene Goupil. The Ordinaries are available at the site Antoine Daniel Mass Ordinaries. You can see the full collection at

Until then, hope you enjoy the booklet – 16 pages a5.

Next installment (with CD tracks) To prepare for a simple sung Mass.

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