Resources for the Congregation

Welcome! This page contains resources to help you sing with us from the pews. Some of the information, below, may seem a bit overwhelming, at first, so let’s begin with some general guidelines that are useful to keep in mind about the music.

You are welcome to sing along with the hymns at Mass. If a hymn is in the hymnal, then usually a hymn number will be on the hymn board for it (at the top or bottom). Otherwise, it might be on a hymn sheet provided near the bulletins. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to provide hymn sheets for hymns that are not in the hymnal.

You are also welcome to sing along with the Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei whenever they are sung in plainchant. Often, the particular Mass setting and/or Credo will be indicated with numbers on the hymn board. Typically when we sing these chants at our parish, men and women take turns singing, switching at the double barlines. Feel free to sing with the appropriate group.

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On many chants, the men and women switch off at the double barlines.

The most common music for the Kyrie, etc., is provided in the front of the hymnal (the larger blue book in the pews). If you cannot find a particular setting of the Mass or Credo in the hymnal, then you might find it in the Kyriale book (the thinner blue book).

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The hymnal contains common settings of the Mass and Credo, as well as many hymns.

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The Kyriale contains more settings of the Asperges, Mass, and Credo than the hymnal.

Whereas hymns are referred to by a large number in the top corner of the hymnal page, the Mass settings are instead referred to by a numeral that is found before the Kyrie of each Mass. Similarly, the Credo settings are also referred to with numerals.

Whether the hymn board refers to a Mass or Credo by using Roman numerals or by using standard Arabic numerals, it is still referring to the same Mass or Credo. For example, whether you see “MASS VIII” or “MASS 8” written on the hymn board, it is referring to the same music.

Sometimes the hymn board will say “MASS” followed by the appropriate number, but sometimes this simply will be abbreviated as “M” followed by a number. For example, “MASS 8” and “M 8” mean the same thing. Likewise, “CREDO IV” and “C 4” mean the same thing.

Many of the chant settings of the Mass are associated with particular times of the liturgical year or with particular kinds of feast days. For example, Mass I is associated with Paschaltide; Masses IX and X are associated with the Blessed Virgin; Mass XI, with Sundays throughout the year; Mass XVII, with Advent and Lent; and Mass XVIII, with penitential times and Requiems.

On another topic, the section at the very beginning of a chant up until the first asterisk * is called the incipit. Almost always, the incipit is sung by cantors (or by the celebrant) alone. Then, if other people are going to sing, they will join in at the asterisk * in the text (or–if there is no asterisk–then after the first section or bar). For example, the celebrant alone sings, “Gloria in excelsis Deo,” at the start of the Gloria and “Credo in unum Deum” at the start of the Credo.

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The incipit of a chant is sung by the celebrant alone or by cantors alone.

In chants that contain Psalm verses (marked by Ps. or V. in the text), cantors usually will sing through the verse until the nearest asterisk * in the text, by themselves. This includes, for example, two sections of the Asperges Me: the phrases, “Miserere mei Deus,” and, “Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto.”

We hope that you’ve found the general guidelines, above, to be helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to ask a member of the choir! Now let’s look at some specifics about upcoming music.

Music for Lent 2016

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(Any sheet music and recordings, below, that are under copyright are provided for educational purposes only.)

What When Where to Find It Looks Like Sounds Like How to Sing It
Asperges ad lib. I Sundays of Lent Bottom of p.6 in Kyriale
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This alternate setting of the Asperges text sounds like a simplified version of the more usual music for this text. At the beginning, the priest sings the words, “Asperges me,” by himself. The cantors sing “Miserere mei Deus” and “Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto,” by themselves. Feel free to sing everything else.
Mass XVII: Kyrie A Sundays of Lent p.28 in Hymnal
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The cantors sing by themselves up until the first * in the text. After that, men and women alternate at the double barlines. Feel free to sing with the appropriate group.
Credo II Sundays of Lent Bottom of p.69 in Kyriale
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This setting of the Credo text is in some ways very similar to Credo I. The priest sings “Credo in unum Deum,” by himself. After that, men and women alternate at the double barlines. Feel free to sing with the appropriate group.
Mass XVII: Sanctus Sundays of Lent After Kyrie on page mentioned above
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The cantors sing by themselves up until the first * in the text. After that, men and women alternate at the full single barlines. Feel free to sing with the appropriate group.
Mass XVII: Agnus Dei Sundays of Lent After Sanctus on page mentioned above
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Each time the words, “Agnus Dei,” occur, they are sung only by the cantors (male or female). Beyond that, men and women alternate at the double barlines. Feel free to sing with the appropriate group.
Hymn: O Kind Creator Feb. 14 & 21 #47 in Hymnal
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Hymn: Forty Days and Forty Nights Feb. 14 & 21 Lenten Hymn Sheet Copies of the Lenten Hymn Sheet will be available, near the bulletin.
Hymn: O Come and Mourn with Me Awhile Feb. 28 & Mar. 13 Lenten Hymn Sheet Copies of the Lenten Hymn Sheet will be available, near the bulletin.
Hymn: Kind Maker of the World, O Hear Feb. 28 & Mar. 6 Lenten Hymn Sheet Copies of the Lenten Hymn Sheet will be available, near the bulletin.
Hymn: The Glory of These Forty Days Mar. 6 & 13 #50 in Hymnal
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