Format: Audio CD [2-CD set]
Produced by: The Music Makers
The Importance of Singing
39. The Christian faithful who come together as one in expectation of the Lord's coming are instructed by the Apostle Paul to sing together psalms, hymns, and spiritual canticles (cf Col 3:16).
Singing is the sign of the heart's joy (cf Acts 2:46).
Thus Saint Augustine says rightly, "Singing is for one who loves," and there is also an ancient proverb: "Whoever sings well prays twice."
40. Great importance should therefore be attached to the use of singing in the celebration of the Mass, with due consideration for the culture of peoples and abilities of each liturgical assembly.
Although it is not always necessary (e.g. in weekday Masses) to sing all the texts that are in principle meant to be sung, every care should be taken that singing by the ministers and the people not be absent in celebrations that occur on Sundays and on Holydays of Obligation.
However, in the choosing of the parts actually to be sung, preference is to be given to those that are of greater importance and especially to those which are to be sung by the priest or the deacon or the lector, with the people responding, or by the priest and people together [General Instruction of the Roman Missal].
This 2-CD set is a guide and tutorial for priests, deacons and seminarians in how to sing the Mass according to the new English translation of the Missale Romanum – Third Edition (2010).
The importance of music in the Mass is clearly emphasised in the new Missal both by its layout and the sheer quantity of music contained in it.
It is hoped that this recording will prove to be an invaluable resource for all those wishing to learn to sing the Mass and also help the faithful appreciate the richness of the language of the new translation.
Disc 1 contains all the parts of the Mass including the English 'default' setting of the Ordinary of the Mass (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus & Agnus Dei), all the People's Responses, the four main Eucharistic Prayers and a selection of Prefaces.
Disc 2 contains much of the additional chant to be found in the new Missal including Credo III, two alternative settings of the Lord's Prayer, further Prefaces (some at a lower pitch), music for Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter and other useful chant.
The shorter and longer versions of the Exsultet [Easter Proclamation] are also included and sung in two pitches to suit different voices.
There are over ninety Prefaces with full music notation in the new Missal.
As is not possible to fit all these on to a CD, The Music Makers is pleased to offer these as a free resource, which may be downloaded in mp3 file format, available here.
The Music Makers has always strongly supported the continued use of Latin in the Ordinary Form of the Mass, in line with Vatican II and subsequent teaching documents.
Although these chant has been sensitively set in English, the original Latin chant has greater beauty.
The Latin parts of the Mass are not that difficult to learn and we would particularly recommend two of our earlier CDs, Orate fratres (for priests and deacons) and Plainsong for Parishes to be used as learning tools to help the faithful sing the Mass.
The new Missal encourages us to sing the Mass.
Why not go a step further and sing in Latin?
There is no necessity for all priests to sing the Mass at the same pitch.
However, the pitch we have selected should be within the scope of most priests and celebrants should be careful not to make their chosen tone pitch either too high or too low for their congregations comfortably to reply.
Cantate Domino canticum novum.
Jeremy de Satgé, The Music Makers, May 2011
Disc 1 tracks: The Order of Mass
- Introductory Rites
- Greeting: Solemn Tone (p.548)
- Greeting: Simple Tone (p.1479)
- Penitential Act: Solemn Tone (p.550)
- Penitential Act: Simple Tone (p.1480)
- Kyrie (p.555)
- Gloria (p.556)
- Example: Collect for the First Sunday of Advent: Solemn Tone (p.1485)
- Example: Collect for the First Sunday of Advent: Simple Tone (p.1487)
- Liturgy of the Word
- Dialogue: Simple Tone (p.558)
- Tones for the Readings: I. Old Testament and Acts of the Apostles Introduction (p.1488)
- Example: First Reading for the First Sunday of Advent, Year B (p.1489)
- Tones for the Readings: II. The Epistle and the Book of Revelation Introduction (p.1491)
- Example: Second Reading for the First Sunday of Advent, Year A (p.1493)
- Tones for the Readings: Gospel: Simple Tone (p.1494)
- Example: Gospel Reading for Pentecost: (p.1495)
- Tones for the Readings: Gospel: Solemn Tone (p.1496)
- Example: Gospel Reading for Pentecost: Solemn Tone (p.1497)
- Credo I (p.560)
- Prayer of the Faithful (p.1500)
- Liturgy of the Eucharist
- Orate fratres (p.565)
- Prayer over the Offerings: Example – Solemn Tone [Epiphany] (p.1485)
- Prayer over the Offerings: Example – Simple Tone [First Sunday of Advent] (p.1487)
- Eucharistic Prayer
- Preface Dialogue (p.566)
- Common Preface I: The renewal of all things in Christ (p.645)
- Common Preface VI: The mystery of salvation in Christ (p.655)
- Sanctus (p.567)
- Proper Forms of the Communicantes and Hanc igitur: Example – Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper (p.739)
- Memorial Acclamation (p.674)
- Eucharistic Prayer I [Simple Tone] Part 1 to the consecration (p.729)
- Eucharistic Prayer I [Simple Tone] Part 2 post consecration (p.734)
- Eucharistic Prayer I [Solemn Tone] Part 1 to the consecration (p.743)
- Eucharistic Prayer I [Solemn Tone] Part 2 post consecration (p.748)
- Eucharistic Prayer II Part 1 to the consecration (p.752)
- Eucharistic Prayer II Part 2 post consecration (p.755)
- Eucharistic Prayer III Part 1 to the consecration (p.758)
- Eucharistic Prayer III Part 2 post consecration (p.760)
- Eucharistic Prayer III Mass of the Dead (p.763)
- Eucharistic Prayer IV Part 1 to the consecration (p.765)
- Eucharistic Prayer IV Part 2 post consecration (p.770)
- Doxology (p.737)
- Communion Rite
- Lord's Prayer, Embolism, and Doxology (p.698)
- Sign of Peace (p.700)
- Agnus Dei (p.702)
- Invitation to Communion (p.704)
- Prayer after Communion: Example – Solemn Tone [First Sunday of Advent] (p.1484 explanation of the tone, p.161 text)
- Prayer after Communion: Example – Simple Tone [First Sunday of Advent] (p.1486 explanation of the tone, p.161 text)
- Concluding Rites
- Blessing: Solemn Tone (p.706)
- Blessing: Simple Tone (p.1482)
- Solemn Blessing: Solemn Tone (p.1503)
- Solemn Blessing: Simple Tone (p.1504)
- Dismissal (p.708)
Disc 2 tracks: Additional Chant
- Order of Mass
- Credo III (p.1498)
- Lord's Prayer Tone B [Mozarabic] (p.1501)
- Lord's Prayer Tone C [Solemn Anaphora Tone] (p.1502)
- Proper of Saints
- Nativity of the Lord: Mass at Midnight
- Negotiations took place during the production of these tutorial CDs with the Secretariat for Divine Worship, part of the USCCB, with the hope of including the Christmas Proclamation among these recorded selections.
The officials there were less than cooperative, and in the end forbade the inclusion of this American text on these CDs.
We deeply regret this decision of the USCCB and apologize to deacons, priests and cantors who may be looking for this music in order to practice.
- Announcement of Easter and the Movable Feasts (p.1505)
- Presentation of the Lord
- Blessing of the Candles and the Procession (p.851)
- Palm Sunday
- Commemoration of the Lord's Entrance into Jerusalem: Hosanna to the Son of David (p.298)
- Beginning of Procession: Invitation to Process (p.304)
- Good Friday
- Solemn Intercessions (p.348)
- Showing of the Holy Cross (p.362)
- Great Easter Vigil
- Lucernarium (p380)
- Exsultet [Easter Proclamation] Longer Form (p.382)
- Exsultet [Easter Proclamation] Shorter Form (p.390)
- Exsultet [Easter Proclamation] Longer Form (p.382) sung at a lower pitch
- Exsultet [Easter Proclamation] Shorter Form (p.390) sung at a lower pitch
- Easter Alleluia (p.403)
- Baptismal Liturgy (p.404)
- Litany of the Saints (p.406)
- Blessing of Baptismal Water (p.408)
- Blessing of Water (p.414)
- Vidi aquam (p.420)
- Dismissal (p.423)
- Eucharistic Prayers for Reconciliation
- Eucharistic Prayer for Reconciliation I (p.788)
- Eucharistic Prayer for Reconciliation II (p.796)
- Eucharistic Prayer for Use in Masses for Various Needs
- I. The Church on the Path of Unity (p.804)
- II. God Guides His Church along the Way of Salvation (p.810)
- III. Jesus, the Way to the Father (p.816)
- IV. Jesus, Who Went About Doing Good (p.824)
- Additional Prefaces sung at a lower pitch
- Preface I for Sundays in Ordinary Time: The Paschal Mystery and the People of God (p.607)
- Preface IV for Sundays in Ordinary Time: The history of salvation (p.613)
- Preface I for Nativity of the Lord (p.573)
- Preface for Holy Thursday: The Sacrifice and Sacrament of Christ (p.336)
- Preface I for Easter: The Paschal Mystery (p.593)
- Preface for Pentecost: The Mystery of Pentecost (p.494)
- Preface for Christ the King: Christ, King of the Universe (p.544)
Order #: 9031
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