Changes in our Mass ordinary for Advent 2020

At every Mass we sing or say the words of the Ordinary (the unchangeable parts of the Mass), for example, the Gloria; Holy, holy, holy; and Lamb of God. In ordinary time—the liturgical season we’re in now—our parish has for quite a few years sung the simple ordinary in English from the third edition of the Roman Missal. In Lent …

What’s coming up for Mass on September 27

At every Mass we sing or say the words of the Ordinary (the unchangeable parts of the Mass), for example, the Gloria; Holy, holy, holy; and Lamb of God. The Mass also includes what are called the propers—texts that change for each Sunday and solemnity. These include the introit (entrance chant), the responsorial psalm, the offertory chant, and the Communion …

What’s coming up for Mass on September 20

At every Mass we sing or say the words of the Ordinary (the unchangeable parts of the Mass), for example, the Gloria; Holy, holy, holy; and Lamb of God. The Mass also includes what are called the propers—texts that change for each Sunday and solemnity. These include the introit (entrance chant), the responsorial psalm, the offertory chant, and the Communion …

What’s coming up for Mass on September 13

At every Mass we sing or say the words of the Ordinary (the unchangeable parts of the Mass), for example, the Gloria; Holy, holy, holy; and Lamb of God. The Mass also includes what are called the propers—texts that change for each Sunday and solemnity. These include the introit (entrance chant), the responsorial psalm, the offertory chant, and the Communion …

What are the propers?

Before there was a “gathering song,” there was the Introit. Before ever a cantor intoned a responsorial psalm, there was the Gradual. Before hymns were sung at Offertory and Communion, there were the Offertory and Communion chants. In short, centuries before the Mass was put into what’s been called the “four-hymn sandwich,” the Church sang the propers. Before music directors …

What’s coming up for Mass on September 6

Click the links to see what’s coming up this Sunday, September 6, the 23rd week in ordinary time: all the proper chants, readings, and Mass parts: 8 a.m. Mass 10 a.m. Mass

The Adoremus Hymnal, second edition

I’ve been a collector of Catholic hymnals for years, and I have an overflowing shelf of books to prove it. Some of my favorites are old out-of-print books that can only be found in a library or as an online pdf that some kind soul has scanned. The major Catholic music publishers provide plenty of options, but most have a …