Pater noster for September

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Here is a relatively brief post as I prepare for a week away and tie up any loose ends.

First the part of the Mass scheduled for today is the Lord’s Prayer or the Our Father.

Today is also Our Lady’s Birthday. A great day for singing in honour of the Mother of God. The drama class needs to learn the Salve Regina, so we’ll be running through that today.

Lastly, usually we have three clips – one gregorian chant, one renaissance polyphony and one classical, but the Pater Noster is just chanted. We could look at arrangements of the Salve Regina, but like the Pater Noster, it tends to stay in chant. Here is a Pilgrim Song from the Red Book of Montserrat. Its not explicitly in honour of Our Lady, but who else could be our guiding star on our life’s journey?

And maybe this can be our jubilant song for the end of year concert?

On the day we had Los Set Goyts instead of Stella Splendens. It is similar song also from the Red Book of Montserrat. The Latin class is followed by a Spanish class so I thought it would tie in linguistically, but Los Set Goyts is in Catalan so mostly difficult to decipher except the Latin chorus:

“Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum, Virgo serena”

Which we sang while attempting a circle dance – bad idea if the class is already restless. But overall you get the message – Latin isn’t just for solemn music, also for fun.



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Sequence for Pentecost Sunday with words:

and the great hymn Veni Creator from Notre Dame de Paris:

From my old hymnbook here are the relevant pages Veni Sancte Spiritus and Veni Creator.

Credo for June

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In the past I’ve made the mistake of assuming too much. I put up the words and asked students if they knew what they meant. And the students looked at me blankly. This time I’ll start with telling you what the words mean! Then we can go through the hymn or prayer and you’ll actually have some inkling of what’s going on! Brilliant! It’s only taken me a year and a half…

I’ll paste the list of words and meanings at the end of this post, to save you scrolling through. Learning vocab takes more than reading a list once through, so there are lots of programs to help you on your way., home of free online educational games They let you make flashcards, quizzes and games. Use this link to see flashcards and games for this lesson’s vocabulary : Credo in unum Deum

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First the chant:

Then polyphony:

Then classical:

And to check how much you learned: The Credo Crossword puzzle.

Vocab for this lesson:
all things:omnia
out of:ex
true:verus vera verum
dead:mortuus mortua mortuum
alive:vivus viva vivum
holy:sanctus sancta sanctum
first:primus a um
second:secundus a um
third:tertius a um

Gloria for May

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Not sure if anyone will notice how late this post is, but as I prepare for the June lesson on the Creed I realise I didn’t post about May’s lesson on the Gloria.

First the chant version. I think this is from Mass 8, known as the Missa de Angelis or Mass of Angels. It is the Mass setting with the most modern sound.

Next is the rennaissance era with polyphonic Mass settings. Now the gloria takes about twice as long.

Notice the first line is a simple chant tune? The priest gets that first line.

Here is Vivaldi’s rendition of just the first three words. The whole Gloria takes about 30 minutes, ten times as long as the chant.

We had a quick quiz on latin vocabulary and it was fun and I hope to do more in that direction in future lessons.

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…)

Parce Domine

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Parce Domine

Parce Domine

A short antiphon for Lent. Our local Latin Mass sometimes sings this three times as a recessional hymn after Mass. Unaccompanied it makes a plaintive cry to the Lord.

Download pdf

I can’t find a straight mp3 recording, but the ubiquitous youtube has several renditions. Here’s one with the piece sung antiphonally with verses like Audi Benigne Conditor (hope I got that right) Another Lenten hymn to type up. Maybe tomorrow?

And for a more contemporary take on the piece, here’s a simple soulful version.