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Mass Propers in English

The Propers of the Mass are liturgical texts that vary from day to day according to the calendar: the Introit, the Gradual, the Responsorial Psalm, the Alleluia Verse (and the Lenten Tract which substitutes for it), the Offertory Chant, and the Communion Antiphon.

In recent years, there has been a flowering of musical settings in English for the proper texts of Mass, providing easy ways for choirs, cantors, and congregations to sing these authentic liturgical texts.

Over twenty collections of propers in English have appeared, and this page is a catalog of them. Many are available as free downloads or as printed books, so that you can sample some of the pieces while you decide which ones are most useful for your parish.

The collections are grouped here according to which parts of the Mass they provide:

Entrance, Offertory, and Communion Chants

By Flowing Waters

Paul Ford, Liturgical Press
modern notation
buy
Texts from Graduale Simplex (2nd ed., 1975); The Simple Gradual (ICEL, 1968)
Melodies adapted from the Graduale Simplex

Simple English Propers

Adam Bartlett, CMAA
neumes
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D/L
Texts from Graduale Romanum; Gregorian Missal
Melodic adaptations and textual translations of the Graduale Romanum Propers for Sundays and Feast days

Ferial English Propers

Ben Yanke
neumes
info
Texts from Graduale Romanum; Roman Missal, Revised Grail Psalms, Aristotle Esguerra
Propers in the style of Simple English Propers for daily Masses. Work in progress.

The American Gradual

Bruce Ford
modern notation
D/L
Texts from Graduale Romanum
The melodies found in the Graduale Romanum set to English translations.

The Anglican Use Gradual

C. David Burt, Partridge Hill Press
neumes
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D/L
Texts from Graduale Romanum
English propers set to psalm tones

Plainchant Gradual

Palmer and Burgess, CMAA
neumes
buy vol1&2, vol3&4
D/L vol1&2, vol3&4
Texts from Graduale Romanum
The melodies found in the Graduale Romanum set to English translations.

Simple Choral Gradual

Richard Rice, CMAA
modern notation
buy
D/L
Texts from Roman Missal Second Edition (The Sacramentary, 1985)
Proper texts of the Mass set for an SATB choir and congregation. A Braille adaptation of the first edition is on-line.

Choral Graduale Simplex

Aristotle Esguerra
modern notation
D/L: files listed here
Texts from Graduale Simplex
Melodies adapted from the Graduale Simplex, and set to SATB harmony. They can also be used a capella on the S line, or sung by an accompanied cantor.

Lalemant Propers

Jeff Ostrowski, Corpus Christi Watershed
neumes
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D/L
Texts from Graduale Romanum, Gregorian Missal, Revised Grail Psalter
The Graduale Romanum in English, set to the music of Gregorian Psalm Tones, for Sundays and Solemnities

Entrance, Offertory, and Communion Chants

Peter R. Johnson
modern notation
D/L: 1 (antiphons only)
2 (antiphons with psalm verses)
3 (choral settings)
Texts from Roman Missal, Revised Grail Psalter
Antiphons from the Roman Missal in English, for Sundays and Solemnities, set to simple plainchant melodies; choral settings in Anglican chant style

Entrance Chants

Entrance Antiphons

Richard Rice
modern notation
D/L: vol1, vol2, vol3, sample refrains
Texts from Roman Missal; The Sacramentary (1985), ICEL
Introits for the liturgical year in metrical settings for schola or congregation. Includes accompaniment.

Hymn Tune Introits

Kathy Pluth and Charles Giffen,
modern notation
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Texts from Graduale Romanum
Introits for much of the liturgical year, adapted into hymn form

Entrance Antiphons for the Advent Season

Fr. James Chepponis, Morning Star Music
modern notation
buy
sample
Texts from Roman Missal (2011, ICEL)
These entrance antiphons from the Roman Missal are scored for SATB choir with optional organ. They can be used in a call/repeat style, if desired.

Entrance Antiphons

Fr. Columba Kelly, OSB
neumes
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Texts from Roman Missal
Antiphons for Sundays, with verses from the Revised Grail Psalter.

Responsorial Psalms

Chabanel Psalms

Jeff Ostrowski, Corpus Christi Watershed
modern notation
buy,
D/L
Texts from US Lectionary, 2nd ed.
Accompanied modal psalms. These correspond with the psalms in The Vatican II Hymnal.

Modal Responsorial Psalms & Gospel Acclamations

Aristotle Esguerra, Corpus Christi Watershed
neumes
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D/L
Texts from US Lectionary, 2nd ed.
Unaccompanied modal psalms. The antiphons can be found in The Vatican II Hymnal.

By Flowing Waters

Paul Ford, Liturgical Press
modern notation
buy
Texts from Graduale Simplex (2nd ed., 1975); The Simple Gradual (ICEL, 1968)
Melodies adapted from the Graduale Simplex

Parish Book of Psalms

Arlene Oost-Zinner, CMAA
neumes
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D/L
Texts from US Lectionary, 2nd ed.
Unacccompanied modal psalms

Responsorial Psalms June 2017

Richard Rice
modern notation
download
Texts from US Lectionary, 2nd ed.
With accompaniment. Verses in Gregorian psalm tones.

Gradual

The American Gradual

Bruce Ford
modern notation
D/L
Texts from Graduale Romanum
The melodies found in the Graduale Romanum set to English translations.

The Anglican Use Gradual

C. David Burt, Partridge Hill Press
neumes
buy
D/L
Texts from Graduale Romanum
English propers set to psalm tones

Lalemant Propers

Jeff Ostrowski, Corpus Christi Watershed
neumes
buy
D/L
Texts from Graduale Romanum, Gregorian Missal, Revised Grail Psalter
The Graduale Romanum in English, set to the music of Gregorian Psalm Tones, for Sundays and Solemnities

Tract

The American Gradual

Bruce Ford
modern notation
D/L
Texts from Graduale Romanum
The melodies found in the Graduale Romanum set to English translations.

The Anglican Use Gradual

C. David Burt, Partridge Hill Press
neumes
buy
D/L
Texts from Graduale Romanum
English propers set to psalm tones

Psalm-Tone Lenten Tracts

Aristotle Esguerra,
neumes
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D/L
Texts from Graduale Romanum
The tracts of the Sundays and feast days of Lent, set to psalm tones for easy singing.

Lalemant Propers

Jeff Ostrowski, Corpus Christi Watershed
neumes
buy
D/L
Texts from Graduale Romanum, Gregorian Missal, Revised Grail Psalter
The Graduale Romanum in English, set to the music of Gregorian Psalm Tones, for Sundays and Solemnities

Gospel Acclamations

By Flowing Waters

Paul Ford, Liturgical Press
modern notation
buy
Texts from Graduale Simplex (2nd ed., 1975); The Simple Gradual (ICEL, 1968)
Melodies adapted from the Graduale Simplex

Garnier Alleluias

Jeff Ostrowski, Corpus Christi Watershed
modern
D/L

Texts from US Lectionary, 2nd ed.
Accompanied chant gospel acclamations for the liturgical year. Also found in The Vatican II Hymnal.

Modal Responsorial Psalms & Gospel Acclamations

Aristotle Esguerra, Corpus Christi Watershed
neumes
buy
complete copy
Texts from US Lectionary, 2nd ed.
Unaccompanied modal psalms. The antiphons can be found in The Vatican II Hymnal.

The American Gradual

Bruce Ford
modern notation
D/L
Texts from Graduale Romanum
The melodies found in the Graduale Romanum set to English translations.

The Anglican Use Gradual

C. David Burt, Partridge Hill Press
neumes
buy
D/L
Texts from Graduale Romanum
English propers set to psalm tones

Lalemant Propers

Jeff Ostrowski, Corpus Christi Watershed
neumes
buy
D/L
Texts from Graduale Romanum, Gregorian Missal, Revised Grail Psalter
The Graduale Romanum in English, set to the music of Gregorian Psalm Tones, for Sundays and Solemnities

Communion Chant only

Communio – Latin with English Verses

Richard Rice, Hostia Laudis Co.
neumes
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D/L
Texts from Graduale Romanum
Latin communion antiphons with English psalm verses

Choral Communio

Richard Rice, Hostia Laudis Co.
modern notation
buy
Texts from Graduale Romanum
SATB Settings of each Sunday’s communion chant

Laudate Dominum Communion Antiphons

Andrew Motyka
modern notation
D/L
Texts from Graduale Romanum
Accompanied settings of the communion chant for congregational use in a responsorial psalm style. Also includes practice recordings.

Communion Antiphons

Fr. Columba Kelly, OSB
neumes
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Texts from Roman Missal
Antiphons for Sundays, with verses from the Revised Grail Psalter.

Thanks to Ben Yanke and Noel Jones for collecting this handy list.

Appendix: Additional resources for Mass Propers

Plainchant:

More English resources (many suitable for Ordinary Form Masses in English):

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