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Gregorian Chant

This Department Is Provided as a Courtesy to the TRADITIO Network
By the St. John Schola for Gregorian Chant
An Independent Organization Separate from the TRADITIO Network

Gregorian Chant and Scholae

The ancient music of the Roman liturgy used for the Hours of the Divine Office and the Traditional Latin Mass is known as Greogrian chant (plainsong), after Pope St. Gregory I (590-604), who codified the existing chant melodies. The priest and schola sing the appointed parts of the Mass at a Missa Cantata (Sung Mass), High Mass (a more solemn form of the Missa Cantata including incensation), or Missa Solemnis (Solemn Mass, in which a celebrant, deacon, and subdeacon celebrate). A schola is a group of men trained to sing the chant (in convents, this may be a group of women).

A Traditional Chapel Sings Gregorian Chant Series

Although there are many recordings made in recording studios, or sometimes in larger churches or monasteries with professional or dedicated choirs, there are few, if any, recordings made by the average small lay choir, chanting what can actually be attempted in the smaller churches, chapels, and oratories, to which the Sacred Chant can be a great addition in the traditional Roman liturgy, not as mere secular performance, but in the actual religious setting for which it was composed, the Traditional Latin Mass and Divine Office.

The St. John Schola for Gregorian chant is, therefore, recording on CD and MP3 a series consisting of live recordings of the type of chant pieces that may be used at traditional churches and chapels. It makes no pretense to being professional, but to what is achievable, with a little work, by the average small lay choir. The hope is that this series will serve as a practical guide for the wider use of Gregorian chant in the traditional Roman Catholic liturgy. Supporting music sheets and booklets are available to accompany the recordings and aid small choirs in using Gregorian chant for the traditional liturgy.

Volume I: Christmas Matins of the Divine Office-An Abridgement (December 2006)
Volume II: First Mass of Christmas (December 2006)
Volume III: Fourth Sunday after Epiphany (January 2007)
Volume IV: Pentecost (May 2007)
Volumes I-IV: Box Collection (May 2007)
Volume V: 14th Sunday after Pentecost (September 2007)
Volume VI: 4th Sunday after Easter (February 2008)
Volume VII: Basilica of Sts. Peter & Paul (January 2009)
Volume VIII: Cantus Populares-Popular Chants (December 2009)
Volumes V-VIII: Box Collection (December 2009)
Volume IX: Holy Week and Easter (February 2011)
Volume X: Feast of the Precious Blood (January 2013)

St. John Schola Volume I St. John Schola Volume II St. John Schola Volume III St. John Schola Volume IV St. John Schola Box Set 1-4 St. John Schola Volume V
St. John Schola Volume VI St. John Schola Volume VII St. John Schola Volume VIII St. John Schola Box Set 5-8 St. John Schola Volume IX St. John Schola Volume X

For ordering and descriptive information on the series, click on A Traditional Chapel Sings Gregorian Chant.

Chant Sheet Music and Audio Excerpts

  1. Click on the sheets music and chant excerpts below to download them free of charge, especially as an aid to small choirs in using Gregorian chant for the traditional liturgy.
  2. For a handy card on Ecclesiastical Latin Pronunciation, click on Ecclesiastical Latin Pronunciation.
  3. For a short guide to Gregorian chant and its notation, click on An Idiot's Guide to Square Notes
(Ordinary of the Mass & Divine Office) (Propers of the Mass) (Hymns) (Organ Accompaniments)

Ordinary of the Mass & Divine Office

Sheet Music
ORDIN8.PDF SANCTUS8.WAV Ordinary Chants of Mass VIII - De Angelis
ORDIN9.PDF KYRIE9.WAV Ordinary Chants of Mass IX - Cum Iubilo
ORDIN11.PDF KYRIE11.WAV Ordinary Chants of Mass IX - Orbis Factor
TERCEORD.PDF TERCE.MP3 Ordinary of the Hour of Terce

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Propers of the Mass

Sheet Music
PROPADV2.PDF --- Propers for the Second Sunday of Advent
PROPEPI.PDF --- Propers for the Epiphany
PROPEP3-6.PDF PROPEP3-6.WAV Propers for the Third-Sixth Sundays after Epiphany
PROPSEPT.PDF PROPSEPT.MP3 Propers for Septuagesima Sunday
PROPQUIN.PDF PROPQUIN.WAV Propers for Quinquagesima Sunday
PROPL1.PDF PROPL1.WAV Propers for the First Sunday in Lent
PROPL2.PDF --- Propers for the Second Sunday in Lent
PROPL3.PDF PROPL3.WAV Propers for the Third Sunday in Lent
PROPEAST.PDF --- Propers for Easter
PROPEA3.PDF --- Propers for the Third Sunday after Easter
PROPEA4.PDF PROPEA4.WAV Propers for the Fourth Sunday after Easter
PROPEA5.PDF --- Propers for the Fifth Sunday after Easter
PROPASC.PDF --- Propers for Ascension Thursday
PROPPENT.PDF --- Propers for Pentecost
PROPP04.PDF --- Propers for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
PROPP05.PDF PROPP05.WAV Propers for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
PROPP07.PDF --- Propers for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
PROPP08.PDF --- Propers for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
PROPP09.PDF --- Propers for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
PROPP10.PDF --- Propers for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
PROPP11.PDF PROPP11.WAV Propers for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
PROPP13.PDF --- Propers for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
PROPP14.PDF --- Propers for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
PROPP15.PDF --- Propers for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
PROPP16.PDF --- Propers for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
PROPP17.PDF --- Propers for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
PROPP18.PDF --- Propers for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
PROPP19.PDF PROPP19.WAV Propers for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
PROPP20.PDF --- Propers for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
PROPP21.PDF --- Propers for the Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost
PROPP23.PDF --- Propers for the Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost
PROPCAN.PDF --- Propers for Candlemas (February 2)
PROPCAN2.PDF --- Propers for Candlemas (February 2) - Alternative
PROPMARK.PDF --- Propers for St. Mark, Evangelist (April 25)
PROPPTPL.PDF --- Propers for Sts. Peter & Paul (June 29)
PROPBLOD.PDF --- Propers for the Most Precious Blood (July 1)
PROPVIS.PDF PROPVIS.WAV Propers for the Visitation (July 2)
PROPJAMES.PDF --- Propers for St. James (The Greaster) (July 25)
PROPANNE.PDF --- Propers for St. Anne (July 26)
PROPTRAN.PDF PROPTRAN.WAV Propers for the Transfiguration (August 6)
PROPSTLW.PDF --- Propers for St. Lawrence (August 10)
PROPASSM.PDF --- Propers for the Assumption (August 15)
PROPSTBA.PDF --- Propers for St. Bartholomew (August 24)
PROPEXAL.PDF --- Propers for the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (September 14)
PROPSTMA.PDF --- Propers for St. Matthew (September 21)
PROPROS.PDF --- Propers for the Most Holy Rosary (October 7)
PROPLUKE.PDF --- Propers for St. Luke, Evangelist (October 18)
PROPALL.PDF PROPALL.WAV Propers for All Saints (November 1)
PROPIMM.PDF --- Propers for the Immaculate Conception (December 8)
Christmas Matins (December 24)
Propers for the First Mass of Christmas (December 25)
PROPDED.PDF --- Propers for the Dedication of a Basilica
PROPREQ.PDF --- Propers and Exequies of the Requiem Mass

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Hymns and Other

Sheet Music
LORETO.PDF LORETO.MP3 Litany of Loreto (Blessed Virgin Mary)
MAGNIFICAT.JPG MAGNIFICAT.MP3 Magnificat (with Epiphany Antiphon and Responsory)
PARCE.JPG PARCE.MP3 Parce, Domine with Psalm 50:1-2
SILENS.PDF SILENS.MP3 Silens Nox: Fr. Mohr's original Latin version
VENI.JPG VENI.MP3 Veni, Sancte Spiritus

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Organ Accompaniments

Sheet Music
Organ Accompaniment for Hour of Terce before Sunday Mass
ORGHOLY.PDF ORGHOLY.WAV Organ Accompaniment for the Chants of Holy Week

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