Cramming for Candlemas


Rene Goupil isn’t listing Candlemas on their excellent website – it is only a second class feast after all, but you can find propers at Luis Quiroz’s Gregorian Chant site. By the way, for a look at where he made the recordings see The Monastery of Sao Bento – I think that’s the place anyway.

The easiest tune of the day is “Lumen et revelationem gentium” or a light of revelation to the gentiles. It’s the one sung at the distribution of candles. I’m not sure if we are doing all the candle part at the evening Mass, but this is so cool you’ll be humming it all day. [NOTE: looks like we will be doing this so more reason to learn it]

Booklets for practice: Either propers2.pdf 19 pages A5 or made into a booklet book.pdf 10 A4 pages to be folded. These have everything (I hope) – the Distribution of Candles, Procession, propers of Mass, ordinaries, reponses (et cum spiritu tuo etc.). Some parts have been “psalm-toned” – that is: the second antiphon of the procession, the responsory following that, the gradual, the verse of the alleluia, the offertory, and I think all the rest is the proper chant. Mass 9 and Credo 1.

Note the font is Georg Duffner’s EB Garamond and the title is in Manfred Klein’s Lombardic from his 2002 archive on fonteria.

This is also the day where we change over from Alma Redemptoris Mater to Ave Regina Caelorum as the Marian Antiphon at Compline (and other hours if you do it that way). It’s the end of Christmas time for sure now. Maybe that’s why the Alleluia is so long – making the most of it before Septuagesima sweeps all the alleluias under the carpet ’till Easter.

[UPDATE: The Mass went well. It was raining steadily so the procession was kept minimal – the priest and servers processed down the nave while we sang Adorna, then back again as we sang Obtulerunt (we skipped the middle Antiphon). Also Greg found rubrics which said the Exsurge bit at the end of the distribution of candles is omitted – a 1962 thing, so that made it a little simpler too. And by the end of Mass the rain had eased off so we had the chance to talk and eat cake and the youngsters did an admirable job of keeping out of puddles.]


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.

Holy Family

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Quick update. We had a great Epiphany with much more experienced choirmaster taking the reins.

Then I was thinking of giving this month’s 2nd Sunday a miss, but its the Feast of the Holy Family and here goes.

propers 3 page pdf with Introit, Offertory and Communion with experimental very simple antiphons. The introit and Communion are sort of a cross between psalm tone and proper antiphon – maybe psalm tone on steroids? along with some extra verses to fill up the time – otherwise there’s a gap between the end of the Kyrie and the beginning of the Gloria, though we have a great priest who helps out. And saves us having to think up a motet for Communion.

brevgradalle the relevant page from the Liber Brevior with their take on simple Gradual and Alleluia – keeping the proper Alleluia and psalm toning the verses.

alleluiaverse a short recording of me singing the above Alleluia.

And “Great St Joseph, son of David” at the end.

The feast of the Holy Family was fairly recent, and I think that’s why the music is harder to get the hang of.

Christmas 2011

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‘Tis the night before Christmas and all ’round the world musicians are fretting about Midnight Mass.

So, here I should have a booklet of propers for the choir for Midnight Mass. This is the proper Introit and Communion, with the simplified Gradual and Alleluia from the Liber Brevior and the Offertory from the simplified propers of Guam.
propers.pdf 3 pages A5

I also have a booklet for the congregation with Mass 8 and Credo 3 – like what they sing at the Vatican Midnight Mass, but with different hymns – well, the Adeste Fideles at Communion time is the same.
MidnightMass.pdf 19 pages A5

This time I have managed to get along to a rehearsal! What a feeling! Practising the music without that awful feeling that Father’s coming round the corner with a couple of altar boys ready to start the Asperges. Many thanks to the choir that has been steadily practising in the background all this time.

May as well post here another booklet with the propers for next Sunday – 1st January. This has the propers all to the one psalm tone just like Rene Goupil has for most feasts, but not this one yet.
Here it is: newyearspropers.pdf 4 pages A5.

Next Mulgoa sung Mass is Epiphany – Friday 7pm. Get your proclamation of moveable feasts here. Stay tuned for another booklet. Missa de Angelis and Credo 3 again.

Sorry, it’s all a bit last minute – it’s been a bit of a roller coaster, but it’s all for the glory of God.

Also giving some thought to how to incorporate these booklets into I guess separate tarballs for each booklet.

The big hymnbooks are starting to slowly roll off the press. Getting them printed through Lulu would be the sensible way, but instead I’m printing them at home and making them into unique hardcover books.

Merry Christmas and may God bless you richly.

PS: This is in no way an official thing of what everyone should do. Just these booklets adapted to the situation at hand. I like flipping through other people’s booklets, so I share mine too. You can see the Pope’s booklets at Liturgical Celebrations.

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.

22nd Sunday after Pentecost

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This is for Sunday 13th November 2011.

Missa Orbis Factor (Mass 11) for the Kyrie and Gloria

and simpler Sanctus and Agnus Dei like the requiem Mass.

Psalm toned propers except the Alleluia like in the Liber Brevior.

Practice the Alleluia with this video from Rene Goupil.

Someone suggested “O Sanctissima” for an offertory hymn. Being the 13th of the month I guess that could be a nod towards Our Lady’s visits to Fatima.

It is getting easier with practice – getting used to where to come in and when to relax.

Next planned sung Mass is the Third Sunday of Advent – Gaudete Sunday. We are going to have a go at the proper propers. Also, there is so much beautiful Advent music – we might keep it simple with Rorate caeli and Conditor alme siderum.

Christus vincit!

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Christus regnat!

Christus imperat!

There is such a lot of great music to celebrate Christ the King! So this Sunday we’re pulling together another short notice Missa Cantata.

Here is the booklet. This one is more for the choir.

So we have

  • Asperges
  • Missa de Angelis aka. Mass 8
  • Credo 2
  • Two simplified versions of the introit
  • Gradual and Alleluia from the Liber Brevior simple versions
  • Offertory and Communion to psalm tones
  • Gloria Laus for an offertory motet
  • Anima Christi as a communion motet – this is as typed up by Hugh Henry for the Christus Rex Pilgrimage books.

The two tricky parts here are the first version of the Introit and the Alleluia.

Dignus est Agnus dignusest.mp3

I’d like to sing this, I’m going to try get my children up to speed with it today, but there’s the alternative psalm tone version in the booklet in case it doesn’t happen.


Notice the opening notes sound like Victimae Paschali Laudes, the sequence for Easter. In English we know that sequence as the base for “Bring all ye dear-bought nations, bring”.

For better recordings see Domini Nostri Iesu Christi Universorum Regis from Luís Henrique Camargo Quiroz’s webpage of Gregorian Chant. Rene doesn’t have its usual links to the recordings of the monks of Triors for this particular feast.

That guiltless Lamb who bought your peace
And made His Father’s anger cease…

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