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.

Some of these collections provide only one type of antiphon: that is, only entrance chants or only communion chants, while some provide several proper chants for the different parts of Mass. Also, some are based on Anglican-tradition texts, while some are based on texts published under Catholic authority.


The American Gradual

Bruce Ford
modern notation (first edition); chant notation (second edition)
download first edition; download or buy second edition

Texts from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer and the RSV Bible, edited
Melodies adapted from the Graduale Romanum and Graduale Novum (the second edition)

Provides: Entrance, Offertory, Communion;
first edition also includes the Gradual responsory, Alleluia, and Lenten Tract

The Anglican Use Gradual

C. David Burt, Partridge Hill Press
neumes
buy
download
Texts from Graduale Romanum
English propers set to psalm tones
Provides: Entrance, Gradual, Offertory, Communion

Archdiocese of Detroit Antiphon Project

Ronald Prowse and others, AOD Academy of Sacred Music
modern notation
files
Texts from Graduale Romanum and the Roman Missal
Provides: Entrance, Offertory, Communion

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. In addition to texts for major feasts, there are eight sets of seasonal texts for Ordinary Time, two for Advent, six for Lent, two for Sundays after Easter.
Provides: Entrance, Responsorial Psalm, Alleluia, Offertory, Communion

Chabanel Psalms

Jeff Ostrowski, Corpus Christi Watershed
modern notation
buy or download from this website
Texts from US Lectionary, 2nd ed.
Accompanied modal psalms. The web site includes settings by several other composers, in addition to those in the published edition.

Choral Communio

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

Choral Graduale Simplex

Aristotle Esguerra
modern notation
download: 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.

Communio – Latin with English Verses

Richard Rice, CMAA
neumes
buy
download
Texts from Graduale Romanum
Latin communion antiphons with English psalm verses

Communion Antiphons

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

Congregational Communion Antiphons for the Church Year

Jared Ostermann
modern notation
info
Texts from Roman Missal and
Antiphons for Sundays, with verses from the Revised Grail Psalter.

Entrance Antiphon Hymns (Catholic Antiphon Renewal)

Luke Massery and Greg Heislman
modern notation
website
Texts from Graduale Romanum, translated by Greg Heislman
Introits, adapted into hymn form

Entrance Antiphons

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

Entrance Antiphons

Richard Rice
modern notation
download: at the website of the St. Michael Hymnal
Texts from Roman Missal; The Sacramentary (1985), ICEL
Introits for the liturgical year in metrical settings for schola or congregation. Includes accompaniment.

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.

Garnier Alleluias

Jeff Ostrowski, Corpus Christi Watershed
modern notation
download

Texts from US Lectionary, 2nd ed.
Accompanied chant gospel acclamations for the liturgical year.

Graduale Parvum

Rev. Guy Nicholls, Association for Latin Liturgy
neumes
buy

English texts from the Roman Missal; Latin texts from the Graduale Romanum and the Roman Missal.
Chant introits with simplified melodies for Sundays and Solemnities.

Hostia Laudis (English Chant 2020)

Richard Rice
neumes (cantor) and modern notation (accompaniment)
buy
Texts from the U.S. Lectionary, the Roman Missal, and the Confraternity Psalms
Introit, Offertory, Communion antiphons; Responsorial psalms with accompaniment; verses in Gregorian psalm tones.

Hymn Tune Introits

Kathleen Pluth and Charles Giffen
modern notation
PDF (Advent)
Texts from Graduale Romanum, adapted into hymn form
Introits

Lalemant Propers

Jeff Ostrowski, Corpus Christi Watershed
neumes
buy
download
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

Laudate Dominum Communion Antiphons

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

Lumen Christi Simple Gradual

Adam Bartlett
neumes
buy

Entrance, Offertory, and Communion Antiphons. Texts from Graduale Romanum and the Roman Missal.

Modal Responsorial Psalms & Gospel Acclamations

Aristotle Esguerra, Corpus Christi Watershed
neumes
buy
download
Texts from US Lectionary, 2nd ed.
Unaccompanied modal psalms.

Parish Book of Psalms

Arlene Oost-Zinner, CMAA
neumes
buy
download
Texts from US Lectionary, 2nd ed.
Unacccompanied modal psalms

Plainchant Gradual

Palmer and Burgess, CMAA
neumes
buy vol1&2, vol3&4
download vol1&2, vol3&4
Texts from Graduale Romanum
The melodies found in the Graduale Romanum set to English translations.
Provides: Entrance, Offertory, Communion
Note: these chants have been transcribed by Andrew Hinkley for the Gregobase collection of chant engravings and transcriptions: volumes I and II; volumes III and IV

The Proper of the Mass

Fr. Samuel Weber, OSB
neumes
buy
website
Texts from Graduale Romanum in English translation
Proper chants, fully notated, including options with full or simplified melodies. The volumes cover (1) Sundays and Solemnities, (2) weekdays, (3) the sanctoral calendar, and (4) ritual Masses. Organ accompaniments are available at the website.

Psalm 151

Brian Michael Page
modern notation
website
Texts from the Roman Missal and the Graduale Romanum
Introits, Responsorial Psalms, Offertories, Communions for Sundays and Solemnities. Gradual responsory included for some Sundays.

Psalm-Tone Lenten Tracts

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

Simple Choral Gradual

Richard Rice, CMAA
modern notation
buy
download
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.
Provides: Entrance, Offertory, Communion

Simple English Propers

Adam Bartlett, CMAA
neumes
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download
Texts from Graduale Romanum; Gregorian Missal
Melodic adaptations and textual translations of the Graduale Romanum Propers for Sundays and Feast days
Provides: Entrance, Offertory, Communion

Thanks to Ben Yanke and Noel Jones for creating the first version of this handy list.

Appendix: Additional resources for Mass Propers

Plainchant:

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