Bonfire of the
Vanities - Fr. Martin has
started to introduce chant and Latin to his parish and blogs about it
Choir Director - Occasionally
publishes the music program for his parish.
Sacred Music for
the New Millenium -
Chant and more.
Schola Cantorum - The mission
of the St. Cecilia Schola in Auburn, AL is to assist other parish choirs
in participating in the revival of this tradition.
Liturgical Movement - Has
lots of current news and historical information on the liturgy and
Musica Sacra -
Blog of the Church Music
Association of America
Musical Musings - The articles in our "Musical Musings"
section contain solid information on topics of interest to Catholic
church musicians. The themes are varied and include fundamental
theoretical knowledge as well as practical and immediately useful ideas.
Articles are updated seasonally at the very least, so check back often
for fresh "Musings!" http://www.canticanova.com/art_main.htm
Liturgical Library This site
is dedicated to providing accurate historical and current information
about the liturgies of the Latin (Roman) rite of the Catholic Church.
Currently this includes the missal of 1970 (Novus Ordo) and the missal
of 1962 (Tridentine).
Society for the Renewal of the Sacred Liturgy -
church documents page
Association of America. Find
reference books, hymnals, teaching aids, advice and blogs regarding the
implementation and use of Gregorian chant, classical polyphony and
sacred choral works.
Society for the Renewal of the Sacred Liturgy
The mission of Adoremus is to rediscover
and restore the beauty, the holiness, the power of the Church's rich
liturgical tradition while remaining faithful to an organic, living
process of renewal. Find a comprehensive catalogue of church documents
on music and liturgy and related articles.
Guide to Square
Groove Like the Early Christians
- An idea to generate chant interest in a parish
A source of quality music for
liturgy. Provides music planning for liturgies for all the Sundays of
Domain Library -
December 1998, CPDL is one of the world's largest free sheet music sites
for choral and chant scores. You can use CPDL to find thousands of
scores, texts, translations, and information about composers.
Tutorial - This site provides
background and history of Gregorian chant, directions for reading chant,
and descriptions of performance methodology.
- History and development of liturgy
and music is explored on this site. Books and music on the subject are
– Public Domain Choral Music – Free Choral and Piano-Voice(s) Music
Sheet MIDI MP3 Files
Liturgy of the Hours Apostolate
- This website offers daily Liturgy of the Hours Night Prayer in various
languages. The prayers are offered in Adobe Acrobat formats that print
as booklets, display on PCs and mobile devices, and 'Read Out Loud' on
Twelve Latin Chants Every Catholic Should Know -
St. John Cantius Parish
stands as a unique parish in the Archdiocese of Chicago. It offers the
Novus Ordo Mass in both Latin and the vernacular, as well as the
Tridentine Mass. Its imposing historic church, solemn liturgies,
devotions, treasures of sacred art, and rich program of sacred music
have helped many Catholics rediscover a profound sense of the sacred. In
addition, throughout the year, St. John Cantius offers a diverse
selection of presentations and classes in Latin, Greek, church heritage,
catechetics, and Catholic culture. St. John Cantius Church is also the
home of the Society of St. John Cantius, a new religious community of
men dedicated to the Restoration of the Sacred.
BOOKS AND HYMNALS
Gregorian Chant Handbook –
The fundamentals of
reading and interpreting Gregorian chant for the person with no prior
experience; a “handbook” for anyone who desires to acquire a practical,
working understaind of chant notation, rhythm, modes, liturgical use
(past and present), interpretation, and conducting, as well as Latin
pronunciation. In English with Latin examples.
Liber Hymnarius -
Contains the hymns of the
Divine Office for the seasons and solemnities. The great corpus of chant
office hymns under one cover. Includes a ribbon bookmark. This 1983
“hymn book” has all the Office hymns, which are now identical for the
Roman and the Benedictine office. The melodies are restored to their
original form, as are the texts, as called for by the Second Vatican
Simple - The purity and
simplicity of Gregorian chant is what fed the musical and liturgical
life of Christianity for more than a millennium before there were any
Protestants. But after the reforms of the Vatican II Council in the
1960s, chant went into disuse. New for the second edition of this
classic work are: an entirely new interior design that is easier to
navigate and read, many additional chants, historical and spiritual
introductions to each of them, and a complete CD of recordings to
illustrate the best of Gregorian chant.
An Overview of
Gregorian Chant - The modern
liturgical movement owes a great debt to Abbey of Solesmes monk Dom
Eugène Cardine (1905-1988), whose tireless research in the ancient
manuscripts uncovered the elusice secrets of Gregorian Rhythm, thus
revealing some of the original pristine beauty of Gregorian chant. In
this volume, Dom Cardine sums up the origin, decline and restoration of
the chant, and challenges researchers to continue his work.
Psalter - The Mundelein
Psalter is the first
complete one-volume edition containing the approved English-language
texts of the Liturgy of the Hours with psalms that are pointed for the
chanting of the Divine Office. The music consists of simple yet
beautiful Gregorian-based modes composed for this Psalter. Developed at
the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, the Psalter
is designed for use by priests, deacons, religious, and laity, making
singing the hymns of the Liturgy of the Hours easier for all. The
Mundelein Psalter offers communities the opportunity to come
together in prayer and celebrate the Divine Office as it was intended,
with voices raised.
The Mundelein Psalter:
of hymns proper to each ferial day and a selection of hymns for
feasts and solemnities (taken from the editio typica).
- Music with the
ancient modal settings is provided for each hymn. Hymns are also
arranged to be sung with any long meter (lm)
- A collection
of 14 optional modes that can be used as needed.
- It uses the
Grail Psalms and contains Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Night
Prayer. It also includes the Sanctoral cycle and the Office for the
- A Pastoral
Implementation Guide for the progressive implementation of the
Liturgy of the Hours in a parish setting.
Contains authentic but simpler
propers for all the seasons, solemnities, and major feasts of the
liturgical year, the principal ritual and votive masses, the commons of
saints, a shorter Kyriale, and all the chants for the Mass. All the
texts are from the new Order of Mass. If you want to introduce
Gregorian chant to your parish but are worried about the complexities of
singing different difficult chants on a weekly basis, this book is for
A simple book of chants for Mass
including the Asperges me, Vidi aquam, Masses I through XViii, Credos I
through VI and a number of ad libitum chants.
Traditional Roman Hymnal is a collection of the ordinary chants of
the Mass, Hyms for the liturgical year, Kyriales, Credos, a
special section for Confirmation, Burial and Requiem Mass, plus the
Litany of the Saints for Rogations and 40 Hours. This book will be a
great help for congregations, choirs and religious houses. The parts of
the Mass are in Gregorian Notation while many of the hymns are in modern
notation for polyphony
Gregorian Chant By Willi Apel
Interest in Gregorian chant has
always been alive among musicologists and those devoted to preserving
early church music in all its haunting simplicity. Willi Apel's
extensive survey of the chant describes the evolutionary process of its
long history as well as its definition and terminology, the structure of
the liturgy, the texts, the notation, the rhythm, the tonality, and the
methods and forms of psalmody. Under the heading "Stylistic Analysis" it
offers chapters on liturgical recitative, the free compositions
according to types, Ambrosian chant (by Roy Jesson), and Old-Roman chant
(by Robert J. Snow). A short conclusion, titled "Prolegomena to a
History of Gregorian Style," completes this impressive volume.
Master Class -
Although various books and
websites offer help in deciphering the square-note notation printed on
unfamiliar four line staffs, experienced professionals as well as
curious newcomers will want to explore A Gregorian Chant Master Class,
an instructional handbook and CD from the Abbey of Regina Laudis, in
Bethlehem, Connecticut….The musical examples are expertly sung, and
aptly illustrate each topic.…Surely there is something here for everyone
in this beautifully presented volume." A great aid for self-help
Gregorian chant instruction.
Parish Book of Chant
- Published by the Church Music
Association of America as a unique resource for choirs, priests,
families, and congregations who seek to sing and understand the
universal musical tradition of Catholic people. It is a hardbound
volume, 182 pages, with a very beautiful cover and outstanding print
quality. It has been developed with the hope of bringing to life what
the Second Vatican Council called a “treasure of inestimable value,”
which is our Gregorian tradition of song.
Among its features:
It contains a complete
order of Mass for both the Ordinary form of the Roman Rite and the
Extraordinary form, in side-by-side Latin and English. The Ordos include
the sung responses of the people and celebrant.
It contains a large
Kyriale, which is a collection of chants that make up the “ordinary” of
the Mass: Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei. part of Catholic
history all over the world.
It collects 71 Latin
chants, with English translations, that are for occasional use in Mass
in various seasons of the year.
All music is set on
four-line staffs with newly typeset neumes that make the music
crystal-clear for singing.
It includes a tutorial on
singing chant that is invaluable for the beginner and can also teach the
more advanced singer. It teaches understanding of signs, melodies,
style, rhythms, and modes, all in a very brief section at the back of
These features were chosen with the
parish experience in mind. There is no existing resource that combines
them into a single volume: the Mass, the people’s music, tutorial, and
translations. Again, this is not a reprint but a newly created book that
offers the core of the people’s Gregorian music. This book could be the
most valuable resource yet produced to help Gregorian chant assume its
“pride of place” in Catholic liturgy.
This new publication will be
available in June 2008.