What’s coming up for Mass on September 13

Mary C. Weaver Music for Mass

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?

Mary C. Weaver Music and liturgy

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 …

The Adoremus Hymnal, second edition

Mary C. Weaver Music and liturgy

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 …