Published by: Ignatius Press
Note type: Square-note neums
This book contains English chant settings for the Entrance and Communion Antiphons given in The Roman Missal 2010, as well as suggestions for the Offertory Antiphons, following the pattern of the Graduale Romanum 1974.
Four or five levels of settings, from complex to very simple, are provided for each antiphon:
- through-composed melismatic
- through-composed simple
- Gregorian psalm tone
- English psalm tone.
Optional psalm verses are provided in the Gregorian psalm tone style.
This collection is versatile, providing an option to suit the abilities and needs of any choir or cantor.
Ordination and Nuptial Masses are also included, as well as the Asperges me and Vidi aquam.
The Gloria Patri is given in the eight Gregorian tones, solemn and simple.
Here's an excerpt from the Foreward, by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone:
Father Samuel F. Weber has provided the Church in the English-speaking world a most valuable resource in this book, which offers musical settings of the [Propers] provided by the Church for the celebration of the Eucharist.
It is often said, and rightly so, that we should aim at singing the Mass, not just singing at Mass, but old habits die hard, and in many places the "four-hymn sandwich" is still being served, a relic from the days before the Second Vatican Council when provisions were made to allow vernacular hymns to be sung at Mass.
Written in square-note Gregorian notation, the performance of these unison chants is well explained in an Introduction by Fr. Weber.
Introduction concerning Chant Technique
Proper of Time
- Christmas Time
- Holy Week
- The Scared Paschal Triduum
- Easter Time
- Ordinary Time
- Solemnities of the Lord during Ordinary Time
Proper of Saints
- Solemnities of the Saints
- For the Conferral of Holy Orders
- For the Celebration of Marriage
- For the Blessing and Sprinkling of Water
- Tones for the Glory Be to the Father