While CMAA is active in providing music for the Mass in English, we also remember the Second Vatican Council’s exhortation found in Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy:
Nevertheless steps should be taken so that the faithful may also be able to say or to sing together in Latin those parts of the Ordinary of the Mass which pertain to them. (SC 54)
Core chant editions
The following chant editions should be part of any parish musician’s library.
- Gregorian Missal (Latin/English, first edition, 1990): Complete Mass Ordinary and Propers for the modern Roman rite for Sundays and Solemnities
- Parish Book of Chant (CMAA): Mass Ordinary in Latin for modern and traditional forms of the Roman rite; hymns, sequences, and other popular chants
- Graduale Romanum 1961: Complete Propers and Ordinary for traditional Masses (1962 Missal)
- Liber Usualis (1961): Complete Mass Ordinary; Propers for Sundays, Feasts, common Votive Masses, Rogation Days, and Mass for the Dead; Office for some feasts; for traditional Masses (Extraordinary Form, 1962 Missal)
Kyriale: the Ordinary of the Mass
The Kyriale contains the chant repertoire for ordinary parts of the Mass: the Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus/Benedictus, and Agnus Dei, as well as the dialogue chants. This music is included in the books above, but when a separate book is useful, these editions are free to use and distribute.
- Kyriale, Solesmes edition
- Kyriale, based on the classic Vatican edition (with no rhythmic markings)
- Kyriale Brevis (the incipits only)
The Graduale Simplex: simpler music for the Ordinary Form
The Graduale Simplex, prepared at the request of the Second Vatican Council, provides simple chants for the Ordinary Form Mass “for use in smaller churches”. In addition to settings of the Mass Ordinary, it provides seasonal chants to use in place of the propers.
- Graduale Simplex
- Kyriale Simplex (excerpt from Graduale Simplex)
- Alleluias from the Graduale Simplex (article)
- The Communio project: communion antiphons for Ordinary Form or Extraordinary Form Masses.
Simpler options for the propers of the Extraordinary Form
- Chants Abreges (1926), Graduals and Alleluias: easier chants for the Gradual and Alleluia proper texts
- Graduels Versets Alleluia Traits (Simplified Graduals and Alleluias, Solesmes, 1955)
- Propers of the Church year set to tones (1962 Missal)
- Propers of the Mass by Fr. Rossini
- Simplified Graduale, Major Propers (R. Rice)
Additional chant anthologies
- Cantus Selecti (1957): seasonal and devotional chants
- Chants of the Church (Latin/English 1953): Mass ordinaries, hymns, popular chants
- Chants of the Church (1954), Modern Notes
Additional chant books for Masses in the Extraordinary Form
- Cantus Passionis (1952): Palm Sunday Gospels: Volume I, Volume II, Volume III
- Dominican Liturgical Books
- Graduale Romano-Seraphicum (1924, Franciscans)
- Laudes Festivae (1940): Christmas proclamation, from the Roman Martyrology, the sung Gospel for Mass on solemn feast days, the sung lessons of Triduum vigils (Tenebrae).
- Liber Brevior (1954): a handy substitute for the Liber Usualis, containing music for Mass on Sundays and Solemnities (omitting offices and lesser days)
- Mass and Vespers (1957)
- Offertoriale with Offertory Verses (1935)
- Offertory Verses (printable booklet)
- Officium Majoris Hebdomadæ Et Octavæ Paschæ (Sung Liturgy of Holy Week) (1923)
- Proprium de Tempore (excerpt from the Graduale Romanum, 1961)
- Versus Psalmorum et Canticorum (psalm verses for introits and communion antiphons)
References for the Ordinary Form
The 1974 edition of the Graduale Romanum (published by Solesmes) is the reference collection for chant in the Ordinary Form.
- Older editions:
- Anthologia Quinta Vocalis (1927)
- Secunda Anthologia Vocalis (Trios, Ravanello, 1907)
- New compositions:
- Introits for Treble Choir (Richard Rice)