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Ps. 107, 1. Parátum cor meum, Deus, parátum cor meum: * cantábo, et psallam in glória mea.

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Intr. = Introitus, Introit
Grad. = Graduale, Gradual
All. = Alleluia
Tract. = Tractus, Tract
Seq. = Sequentia, Sequence
Offert. = Offertorium, Offertory
Comm. = Communio, Communion

Ant. = Antiphona, Antiphon
Ps. = Psalmus, Psalm
Hymn. = Hymnum, Hymn
Cant. = Canticum, Canticle
Missa. = Missa, Mass
      LU = The Liber Usualis 1961 - PDF
GR = Graduale Romanum 1961 - PDF
GV = Graduale Vatican 1908 - PDF
MV = Mass and Vespers 1957 - PDF
LB = Liber Brevior 1954 - PDF
OF = Offertoriale 1935 - PDF
VPC = Vers. Psalm. & Cant. 1962 - PDF
SOV = Simple Offert. Verses 2008 - PDF
AR = Antiphonale Romanum 1949 - PDF
LR = Liber Responsorialis 1895 - PDF


Singing rules.
     
Mode Final Tenor     M F T
 1  D A serious 1A A E
 2  D F sad/content 2A A C
 3  E C mystic 3A A F
 4  E A harmonious 4B B E
 5  F C glad 5C C G
 6  F A devout 6C C E
 7  G D angelic
 8  G C perfect

(examples at the bottom of the page)

Proper mode
/
tone
LU
1961
GR
1961
Comments
1st Sunday of Advent
1st Week of Advent, Monday
1st Week of Advent - Tuesday
1st Week of Advent - Wednesday
1st Week of Advent - Thursday
1st Week of Advent - Friday
1st Week of Advent - Saturday
2nd Sunday of Advent
Grad. Ex Sion
Ps. 49, 2-3 et 5.
5 LU328

MV275
GR4
D/E
- On the word veniet: smoothen the transition between "ve" and "ni-et".
- The long Congregate has a double climacus at the end: BbAG-AGF followed by a dotted A, difficult to pitch. For that I memorize the same A three notes before on the climacus AGF.
- The end of ordinaverunt has a distropha on B natural, it is tempting to sing B flat instead.
- Notice the word sacrificia has a B natural then three B flat.
2nd Week of Advent - Monday
2nd Week of Advent - Tuesday
2nd Week of Advent - Wednesday
2nd Week of Advent - Thursday
2nd Week of Advent - Friday
2nd Week of Advent - Saturday
3rd Sunday of Advent
Great Antiphons
17 Dec - O Sapientia
18 Dec - O Adonai
19 Dec - O Radix Jesse
20 Dec - O Clavis David
21 Dec - O Oriens
22 Dec - O Rex gentium
23 Dec - O Emmanuel
Monday before the Vigil of the Nativity
Tuesday before the Vigil of the Nativity
Wednesday before the Vigil of the Nativity
Thursday before the Vigil of the Nativity
Friday before the Vigil of the Nativity
Saturday before the Vigil of the Nativity
3rd Week of Advent - Monday
3rd Week of Advent - Tuesday
3rd Week of Advent - Wednesday in Ember Week
2 Grad. Prope est Dominus
Ps. 144, 18 et 21.
5 LU354

MV295
GR21
D/E
Same as 4th Sunday of Advent.
3rd Week of Advent - Thursday
3rd Week of Advent - Friday in Ember Week
3rd Week of Advent - Saturday in Ember Week
4th Sunday of Advent
Grad. Prope est Dominus
Ps. 144, 18 et 21.
5 LU354

MV295
GR21
D/E
On this one too, take a good breath for the long incipit.
- I make a longer pause at the full bar after eum ending on F just to "visualise" AC followed by GF on the word omnibus.
- And in veritate start a 3rd higher E but comes back to C.
- Notice the C key moves from the 1st to 2nd line at the verse, which starts a 5th higher from the end of the antiphon.
4th Week of Advent - Monday
4th Week of Advent - Tuesday
4th Week of Advent - Wednesday
4th Week of Advent - Thursday
4th Week of Advent - Friday
24 Dec - Vigil of the Nativity
Christmas - Matins
Christmas - Midnight Mass
Christmas - Lauds
Christmas - Prime
Christmas - Mass at Dawn
Grad. Benedictus qui venit
Ps. 117, 26, 27 et 23.
5 LU404

MV316
GR31
Christmas - Terce
Christmas - Mass of the day
Grad. Viderunt omnes
Ps. 97, 3 et 2.
5 LU409

MV320
GR33
D/E
Christmas - Sext
Christmas - None
Christmas - Vespers
26 Dec - St Stephen, the First Martyr
Grad. Sederunt (principes)
Ps. 118, 23 et 86.
Ps. 6, 5.
5 LU416
MV331
GR36
27 Dec - St John, Apostle and Evangelist
Grad. Exiit (sermo)
Ioann. 21, 23 et 19.
5 LU422
MV338
GR39
28 Dec - Holy Innocents
Grad. Anima nostra
Ps. 123, 7-8.
5 MV346 GR41
From the Mass II of two or more Martyrs (LU).
Sunday within the Octave of Christmas
29 Dec - St Thomas Becket of Canterbury, Bishop and Martyr
Grad. Ecce (sacerdos magnus)
Eccli. 44, 16. 20.
5 LU1183

MV1560
GR[32]
D
From the Mass I of a Confessor Bishop.
From the Mass of St Martin (MV).
30 Dec - 6th day within the Octave of the Nativity
31 Dec - St Silvester, Pope and Confessor
1 Jan - Octave day of Christmas (Circumcision of Our Lord)
Grad. Viderunt omnes
Ps. 97, 3 et 2.
5 LU409

MV320
GR33
D/E
Same as Christmas Mass of the day.
2-5 Jan - Most Holy Name of Jesus (Sunday between Circumcision and Epiphany or 2nd Jan if no Sunday)
5 Jan - St Telesphorus, Pope and Martyr (Memory)
5 Jan - Eve of the Epiphany
6 Jan - The Epiphany of Our Lord
Grad. Omnes (de Saba)
Is. 60, 6 et 1.
5 LU459

MV379
GR57
C/E
- Be very careful at the drop a major 3rd down AF at deferentes. The notes A and F (even G) have been heard before but not this major 3rd. It is actually a classic mode 5 reverse progression of 3 notes CAF from the F Major chord. Three notes CAF which can be heard again at Domino, twice at annuntiantes, twice at Surge.
7-13 Jan - The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph (1st Sunday after Epiphany)
Grad. Unam petii
Ps. 26, 4.
Ps. 83, 5.
5 LU471

MV395
GR60
D/E
Not particularly difficult but:
- Watch out the B flat on the word inhabitem.
- The final melisms are common to Graduale in mode 5.
Sunday within the Octave of the Epiphany or 1st Sunday after Epiphany
7 Jan - Second day within the Octave of The Epiphany
8 Jan - Third day within the Octave of The Epiphany
9 Jan - Fourth day within the Octave of The Epiphany
10 Jan - Fifth day within the Octave of The Epiphany
11 Jan - Sixth day within the Octave of The Epiphany
11 Jan - St Hyginus, Pope and Martyr (Memory)
12 Jan - Seventh day within the Octave of The Epiphany
13 Jan - Octave of Epiphany - Commemoration of Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ
2nd Sunday after Epiphany
Grad. Misit Dominus
Ps. 106, 20-21.
5 LU485

MV409
GR68
D/E
- It goes top D on the first eos, no need to force the voice there.
- Be very careful at the words de interitu eorum, the melody is tricky. I think the difficulty is to hit the G after B at the beginning of "rum", a major 3rd down GB so to be able to reach bottom D at the end of "rum" and start the verse on the same note. Maybe that's why this G is dotted: to make sure the pitch is right before going further.
- Big breath for the long Confiteantur, it is doable.
- Be careful at the end of Domino: carried by the melody one could sing an additional CBA...
- The melody on et mirabilia is not particularly difficult but could be an occasion of tripping if not practiced enough.
3rd Sunday after Epiphany
Grad. Timebunt gentes
Ps. 101, 16-17.
5 LU489

MV416
GR71
C/C
Same as 16th Sunday after Pentecost.
- High notes (top F) on Sion: use the previous episemed notes on D to relax your voice and prepare the jump on this top F.
4th Sunday after Epiphany
5th Sunday after Epiphany
6th Sunday after Epiphany
Saturday before Septuagesima
Septuagesima
Septuagesima Week - Monday
Septuagesima Week - Tuesday
Septuagesima Week - Wednesday
Septuagesima Week - Thursday
Septuagesima Week - Friday
Saturday before Sexagesima
Sexagesima
Sexagesima Week - Monday
Sexagesima Week - Tuesday
Sexagesima Week - Wednesday
Sexagesima Week - Thursday
Sexagesima Week - Friday
Saturday before Quinquagesima
Quinquagesima
Monday after Quinquagesima
Tuesday after Quinquagesima
Ash Wednesday (Quadragesima)
Thursday after Ash Wednesday
Friday after Ash Wednesday
Grad. Unam petii
Ps. 26, 4.
5 LU--- GR92
D/E
Melody similar to Grad. Unam petii from Holy Family.
Saturday after Ash Wednesday
1st Sunday of Lent (or 1st Sunday in Quadragesima)
1st Week of Lent - Monday
Grad. Protector noster
Ps. 83, 10 et 9.
5 LU1003

MV855
GR108
B/C
Same as 5th Sunday after Pentecost (LU, MV).
Same as Saturday in Ember week of Lent (GR).
1st Week of Lent - Tuesday
1st Week of Lent - Wednesday in Ember Week
Grad. Tribulationes cordis
Ps. 24, 17-18.
5 LU546

MV477
GR112
D/E
Same as 2nd Sunday of Lent.
1st Week of Lent - Thursday
1st Week of Lent - Friday in Ember Week
1st Week of Lent - Saturday in Ember Week
1 Grad. Propitius esto
Ps. 78, 9 et 10.
5 LU999

MV850
GR107
B/C
Same as 4th Sunday after Pentecost (LU, MV).
2 Grad. Protector noster
Ps. 83, 10 et 9.
5 LU1003

MV855
GR108
B/C
Same as 5th Sunday after Pentecost (LU, MV).
3 Grad. Convertere Domine
Ps. 89, 13 et 1.
5 LU1007

MV862
GR108
B/C
Same as 6th Sunday after Pentecost (LU, MV).
2nd Sunday of Lent
Grad. Tribulationes cordis
Ps. 24, 17-18.
5 LU546

MV477
GR112
D/E
2nd Week of Lent - Monday
2nd Week of Lent - Tuesday
2nd Week of Lent - Wednesday
2nd Week of Lent - Thursday
Grad. Propitius esto
Ps. 78, 9 et 10.
5 LU999

MV850
GR107
B/C
Same as 4th Sunday after Pentecost (LU, MV).
Same as Saturday in Ember Week in Lent (GR).
2nd Week of Lent - Friday
Grad. Ad Dominum
Ps. 119, 1-2.
5 LU961

MV823
GR321
B/D
Same as 2nd Sunday after Pentecost.
2nd Week of Lent - Saturday
Grad. Bonum est confiteri
Ps. 91, 2-3.
5 LU1041

MV914
GR360
C/C
Same as 15th Sunday after Pentecost.
3rd Sunday of Lent
3rd Week of Lent - Monday
3rd Week of Lent - Tuesday
3rd Week of Lent - Wednesday
3rd Week of Lent - Thursday
3rd Week of Lent - Friday
Grad. In Deo speravit
Ps. 27, 7 et 1.
5 LU1025

MV889
GR348
B/C
Same as 11th Sunday after Pentecost.
3rd Week of Lent - Saturday
4th Sunday of Lent
4th Week of Lent - Monday
Grad. Esto mihi
Ps. 30, 3.
Ps. 70, 1.
5 LU1013

MV872
GR339
D/E
Same as 8th Sunday after Pentecost.
4th Week of Lent - Tuesday
4th Week of Lent - Wednesday
4th Week of Lent - Thursday
Grad. Respice Domine
Ps. 73, 20, 19 et 22.
5 LU1033

MV903
GR354
C/E
Same as 13th Sunday after Pentecost.
4th Week of Lent - Friday
Grad. Bonum est confidere
Ps. 117, 8-9.
5 LU1037

MV908
GR358
C/E
Same as 14th Sunday after Pentecost.
4th Week of Lent - Saturday (Saturday before the 1st Sunday of the Passion)
Passion Sunday (1st Sunday of the Passion)
Passion Week - Monday
Passion Week - Tuesday
Grad. Discerne causam
Ps. 42, 1 et 3.
5 LU--- GR158
Passion Week - Wednesday
Passion Week - Thursday
Grad. Tollite hostias
Ps. 95, 8-9.
Ps. 28, 9.
5 LU--- GR162
Passion Week - Friday
Grad. Pacifice loquebantur
Ps. 34, 20 et 22.
5 LU--- GR164
Passion Week - Friday - Seven Dolours of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Passion Week - Saturday
Palm Sunday (2nd Sunday of the Passion), with procession of palms
Monday in Holy Week
Tuesday in Holy Week
Wednesday in Holy Week
Maundy Thursday Tenebrae
Mass of the Holy Oils
Grad. In Deo confisum est
5 LU662 GR197
Maundy Thursday Solemn Mass
Grad. Christus factus est
Philipp. 2, 8-9.
5 LU669

MV548
GR202
D/E
This piece is also sung at the end of Lauds during Tenebrae.
Grad. Christus factus est - chant abrégé 5
Good Friday Tenebrae
Good Friday afternoon liturgy
Holy Saturday Tenebrae
Holy Saturday Paschal Vigil
Holy Saturday Paschal Mass
Easter Sunday
Easter Monday
Easter Tuesday
Wednesday in Easter Week
Thursday in Easter Week
Friday in Easter Week
Saturday in Easter Week (Sabbato in Albis)
1st Sunday after Easter - Low Sunday / Quasimodo / Dominica in Albis
Saturday before the 2nd Sunday after Easter
2nd Sunday after Easter
Saturday before the 3rd Sunday after Easter
3rd Sunday after Easter
3rd Week of Easter - Monday
3rd Week of Easter - Tuesday
3rd Week of Easter - Wednesday
3rd Week of Easter - Thursday
3rd Week of Easter - Friday
Saturday before the 4th Sunday after Easter
4th Sunday after Easter
4th Week of Easter - Monday
4th Week of Easter - Tuesday
Saturday before the 5th Sunday after Easter
5th Sunday after Easter
Rogations - Greater and lesser litanies
Rogations - Greater and lesser litanies (Out of Paschal Time)
5th Week of Easter - Monday - Rogations
5th Week of Easter - Tuesday - Rogations
Vigil of the Ascension
Ascension - Matins
Ascension
Friday after Ascension
Sunday after Ascension
Vigil of Pentecost (Whitsun Eve) before 1955
Vigil of Pentecost (Whitsun Eve)
Pentecost (Whit Sunday) - 1st Vespers
Pentecost (Whit Sunday) - Matins
Pentecost (Whit Sunday)
Monday in Whitsun Week (Whit Monday)
Tuesday in Whitsun Week (Whit Tuesday)
Wednesday in Whitsun Week (Ember Wednesday)
Thursday in Whitsun Week (Whit Thursday)
Friday in Whitsun Week (Ember Friday)
Saturday in Whitsun Week (Ember Saturday)
1st Sunday after Pentecost - Trinity Sunday
Grad. Benedictus es
Dan. 3, 55-56.
5 LU910

MV781
GR308
B/C
- Be careful at the word Cherubim: it is pronounced Kerubim.
Former 1st Sunday after Pentecost
Grad. Ego dixi
5 LU--- GR311
Corpus Christi - Matins
Corpus Christi
2nd Sunday after Pentecost (formerly known as Sunday within the Octave of Corpus Christi)
Grad. Ad Dominum
Ps. 119, 1-2.
5 LU961

MV823
GR321
B/D
1. First trap: be careful at the Bb at the end of the word Domine; until then the B natural is used but suddenly it switches to B flat. Usually you find a B flat coming from A, rarely coming from C like here. My suggestion: once you reach the top D sing the 3 notes DCBb like Mi-Re-Do which has tone-tone interval between each note.

2. Second trap: memorize the Bb at the end of Domine because it will be used for the "li" of libera, actually the descending DCBb like Mi-Re-Do becomes an ascending BbCD like Do-Re-Mi.
It's tempting to start libera on ABbC (semitone-tone) instead of BbCD (tone-tone). Actually this error gives a totally different flavour to the melody, going down to some gloomy notes. The melody here was really meant to go up with a strong 'tone-tone' as a cry to the Lord, calling for liberation of one's soul (libera anima meam).
Sacred Heart of Jesus
3rd Sunday after Pentecost (formerly known as Sunday within the Octave of the Sacred Heart)
4th Sunday after Pentecost
Grad. Propitius esto
Ps. 78, 9 et 10.
5 LU999

MV850
GR107
B/C
Same as Saturday before 2nd Sunday of Lent (GR), which is Ember Week. The three Graduale from that Saturday in Ember Week are sung on the 4th, 5th and 6th Sunday after Pentecost.
5th Sunday after Pentecost
Grad. Protector noster
Ps. 83, 10 et 9.
5 LU1003

MV855
GR108
B/C
Same as Saturday before 2nd Sunday of Lent (GR).
- Watch out the jump a sixth CA after the incipit.
6th Sunday after Pentecost
Grad. Convertere Domine
Ps. 89, 13 et 1.
5 LU1007

MV862
GR108
B/C
Same as Saturday before 2nd Sunday of Lent (GR).
- Lovely CDEDDC at the end of aliquantulum, which means: "a little".
7th Sunday after Pentecost
Grad. Venite filii
Ps. 33, 12 et 6.
5 LU1010

MV867
GR336
B/C
8th Sunday after Pentecost
Grad. Esto mihi
Ps. 30, 3.
Ps. 70, 1.
5 LU1013

MV872
GR339
D/E
9th Sunday after Pentecost
Grad. Domine (Dominus noster)
Ps. 8, 2.
5 LU1017

MV878
GR342
C/E
- Watch out the transition between Dominus and noster, no dragging on the punctum "no" of noster.
- Pay attention to the return to B natural at the end of terra followed by a descending major third BG.
10th Sunday after Pentecost
11th Sunday after Pentecost
Grad. In Deo speravit
Ps. 27, 7 et 1.
5 LU1025

MV889
GR348
B/C
12th Sunday after Pentecost
13th Sunday after Pentecost
Grad. Respice Domine
Ps. 73, 20, 19 et 22.
5 LU1033

MV903
GR354
C/E
- Notice that the word tuorum is sung with a B flat but the last B is natural.
- Take a good breath before Exsurge and try to sing it with one breath to the end of Domine.
- On the word judica: relax your voice on the distropha CC before jumping to top F.
- As well: take a good breath before servorum and sing with one breath to the end. The end is a classic pattern.
14th Sunday after Pentecost
Grad. Bonum est confidere
Ps. 117, 8-9.
5 LU1037

MV908
GR358
C/E
- Try not to breathe at the quarter bars of the words quam confidere in homine, it will sound better, especially the bottom DEC of "ne" is beautiful. If you can't, take a quick breathe before in homine.
- At the beginning of the verse, the word "est" of Bonum est is interesting: very melismatic, going up and down with 3rd and 4th, frequently the same notes FAD and C. Not difficult but listen to each other to synchronize the jumps of 4th and 3rd. My suggestion: use the bottom F as a trampoline to gently bounce back to A, like this: DA-F(baam!)-AC. Also I tend to breathe not at the quarter bar but just before the tristropha.
- Do not forget the "pi" on D at the word principibus.
- The end is a classic ending for a gradual in mode 5.
15th Sunday after Pentecost
Grad. Bonum est confiteri
Ps. 91, 2-3.
5 LU1041

MV914
GR360
C/C
- Lovely top G on mane. Relax your voice and sing gently.
- Some patterns are typical of a Graduale in mode 5, for example on the word misericordiam similar to sperare of the Graduale the previous week.
16th Sunday after Pentecost
Grad. Timebunt gentes
Ps. 101, 16-17.
5 LU489

MV416
GR71
C/C
Same as 3rd Sunday after Epiphany.
17th Sunday after Pentecost
Wednesday in Ember week of September
Friday in Ember week of September
Grad. Convertere Domine
Ps. 89, 13 et 1.
5 LU1007

MV862
GR108
B/C
Same as 6th Sunday after Pentecost.
Saturday in Ember week of September
1 Grad. Propitius esto
Ps. 78, 9 et 10.
5 LU999

MV850
GR107
B/C
Same as 4th Sunday after Pentecost (LU, MV).
Same as Saturday in Ember week of Lent (GR).
2 Grad. Protector noster
Ps. 83, 10 et 9.
5 LU1003

MV855
GR108
B/C
Same as 5th Sunday after Pentecost (LU, MV).
Same as Saturday in Ember week of Lent (GR).
3 Grad. Convertere Domine
Ps. 89, 13 et 1.
5 LU1007

MV862
GR108
B/C
Same as 6th Sunday after Pentecost (LU, MV).
Same as Saturday in Ember week of Lent (GR).
18th Sunday after Pentecost
19th Sunday after Pentecost
20th Sunday after Pentecost
21st Sunday after Pentecost
22nd Sunday after Pentecost
23rd Sunday after Pentecost
Sundays between 23th and 24th after Pentecost
24th and Last Sunday after Pentecost