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Decades after the Liturgical reform ("Novus Ordo") in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church (1969, authorized by the Second Vatican Council 1962-1965), the Church has restored the right of the faithful to assist at the the traditional ("Tridentine", 1570) form of the Roman Catholic Mass (St. John Paul II:
Ecclesia Dei, 1988, and Benedict XVI: Summorum Pontificum, 2007). Both the language (Latin) and in particular the Liturgical chant (called "Gregorian") can appear daunting to Catholics unfamiliar with either.

          This need not be the case.

Sufficient material is now presented in this site to enable a schola or choir without prior musical or linguistic background to render in a simple (and, it is hoped, pleasing) manner the choral portion of the traditional (Extraordinary, 1962 usage) form of the Roman Mass, and with understanding of what they sing, and why. As such, it is an invitation to explore further the liturgical treasures of the Catholic Church, which are the proper inheritance of the Catholic people. Much of this material can be employed in Novus Ordo as well.

The Graduale Facilius is offered as an easier, but sufficient, chant book, and Latin through the Liturgy as an introduction to that language which requires no prior knowledge of grammar. Two additional Latin references are provided as well. How to Read Gregorian Chant, How to Sing Gregorian Chant, and a number of other musical (incl. audio) references are also offered here.

The Liturgical works on this page have been arranged scrupulously to conform with the Missale Romanum of 1962, which is easily available in .pdf format. Moreover, along with the Missa Simplex (below), they are "in  tune" (so to speak) with the original practice of the early Christian Church. Liturgical music is not merely an "art"; it is a spiritual discipline. Worship is an act of self-oblation, through which we receive far more than we are capable of giving.

 Plainsong, not Performance 1.2
Notes toward restoring use of Gregorian Chant in your parish.

      click here
(0.3 mb)

                                            includes some useful information difficult to find elsewhere

                                       Plainsong is Plain Speech 1.1  click here  (2 sheets)
the unity of music and text, the genius of Gregorian Chant;
                                            best read with reference to Plainsong, not Performance (above)

                                       How to Read Gregorian Chant 1.2  click here  (5 sheets)

                                       Gregorian Modes 
1.1  click here (2 sheets)

                                       How to Sing Gregorian Chant 
1.1  click here  (single sheet)

                                       An Outline of Holy Mass 
1.1  click here  (2 sheets)

                                                 Extraordinary Form (1962), with Cues for Choir and Congregation (High Mass)

                             of more technical interest
                                           Gapped Scales and Variant Melodies in the Graduale Romanum (1979 ed.) 
         click here  (4 sheets)

CREDO I  mp3  (8.4 mb)  pdf 1.1  (2 sheets) : also in  GRADUALE FACILIUS

                                            Compline (ad Completorium)   1962 usage
  booklet   click
here (0.15 mb)

wo simple settings from Ambrosian Chant (Milan), suitable for use ad libitum

                                                       NEW       GLORIA (Tonus Simplex)        pdf      1 page      click here
                                               NEW        CREDO (more Ambrosiáno)     pdf      2 pages     click here

                             GRADUALE FACILIUS 1.1  click here (0.9 mb)
                                                 Latin through the Liturgy 1.1  click here (0.2 mb)

                                                 Latin Grammar Study Guide 1.1  click here (2 sheets)

Pronunciation of Liturgical Latin 1.1  click here (single sheet)

                                MISSA SIMPLEX

The simplest of Gregorian Ordinaries, along with an introduction to early Medieval methods of polyphony, in which improvisation is welcome. No musical training required. Booklet form, for choral and congregational use. Appropriate for either the Extraordinary Form or Novus Ordo. Also a number of audio (mp3) files.
click here


                             An Ecumenical Harmony

Something different. A small collection of Early American hymns, set pieces and anthems suitable for choir, congregation,
or both. Curiously similar to Medieval polyphony. Some set with metrical translations of office hymns, patristic texts, etc.

Appropriate for Novus Ordo rather than EF.

                    version 1.1     click here    
FREE OF CHARGE     compatible with MissaSimplex (above)


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