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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
5 Jan - Eve of the Epiphany
Missa. Dum medium LU454
MV376
GR--- Same as Sunday within the Octave of Christmas.
Proper collect, gospel, secret and postcommunion.
Suppressed in 1955.
Vespers AR308 This is the 1st Vespers of the Epiphany.
1 Ant. Ante luciferum genitus
Ps. 109. Dixit Dominus
2D LU463
MV383
AR312
2 Ant. Venit lumen tuum
Ps. 110. Confitebor... in consilio
1g2 LU463
MV384
AR312
3 Ant. Apertis thesauris
Ps. 111. Beatus vir qui timet
1g2 LU463
MV384
AR313
4 Ant. Maria et flumina
Ps. 112. Laudate pueri
4E LU464
MV385
AR313
5 Ant. Stella ista
Ps. 116. Laudate Dominum omnes gentes
7c2 LU464
MV385
AR313
Hymn. Crudelis Herodes
3 LU464
MV386
AR308
D
V. Reges Tharsis
B LU466
MV387
AR318
Ant. Magi videntes
Cant. Magnificat (solemn)
8G LU455
MV377
AR311
6 Jan - The Epiphany of Our Lord
LU455
MV377
GR57
Intr. Ecce (advenit)
Malach. 3, 1 ;
1 Par. 29, 12.
Ps. 71, 1.
Ps. 71, 10-11.
2 LU459

MV378
GR57

VPC42
C/D
Classic piece in mode 2, not difficult.
- You will probably recognize the same progression of notes (ACDED) as in the Offert. Vir erat (EGABA), same intervals although different key.
- Might be worth remembering there is an identical 4th CF on dominator and et regnum.
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.
All. Vidimus stellam
Matth. 2, 2.
2 LU460

MV380
GR58
E/F
Offert. Reges Tharsis
Ps. 71, 10-11.
5 LU461

MV381
GR59

OF21
A/B
- The melody on the words omnes gentes reminds us the Intr. Dominus dixit at Christmas Midnight Mass. Even though the Offertory is in mode 5 this double pattern seems to be in mode 2. Sing these two words lightly, no breathing in between.
Comm. Vidimus (stellam)
Matth. 2, 2.
Ps. 71, 2-3, 7-8, 10-12, 17-18.
4 LU462

MV383
GR59

VPC43
MV2004
E/F
Same text as the Alleluia.
- The melody on stellam ejus in Oriente is absolutely beautiful. Sing it lightly but not slow.
- Humility and veneration over the words adorare Dominum.
Lauds AR308
1 Ant. Ante luciferum genitus
Ps. 92. Dominus regnavit
2D LU463
AR312
2 Ant. Venit lumen tuum
Ps. 99. Jubilate Deo omnis terra
1g2 LU463
AR312
3 Ant. Apertis thesauris
Ps. 62. Deus deus meus ad te
1g2 LU463
AR313
4 Ant. Maria et flumina
Cant. I. Puer. Benedicite omnia opera
4E LU464
AR313
5 Ant. Stella ista
Ps. 148. Laudate Dominum de caelis
7c2 LU464
AR313
Hymn. O sola magnarum
3 LU456 AR313
V. Adorate Deum
B LU457 AR315
Ant. Hodie caelesti sponso
Cant. Benedictus (solemn)
8G* LU457 AR315
Vespers AR308
1 Ant. Ante luciferum genitus
Ps. 109. Dixit Dominus
2D LU463
MV383
AR312
2 Ant. Venit lumen tuum
Ps. 110. Confitebor... in consilio
1g2 LU463
MV384
AR312
3 Ant. Apertis thesauris
Ps. 111. Beatus vir qui timet
1g2 LU463
MV384
AR313
4 Ant. Maria et flumina
Ps. 112. Laudate pueri
4E LU464
MV385
AR313
5 Ant. Stella ista
Ps. 113. In exitu Israel
7c2 LU464
MV385
AR313
Hymn. Crudelis Herodes
3 LU464
MV386
AR308
D
V. Reges Tharsis
B LU466
MV387
AR318
Ant. Tribus miraculis
Cant. Magnificat (solemn)
1D LU466
MV388
AR318
7-13 Jan - The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph (1st Sunday after Epiphany)
LU467
MV388
GR59 Replaced the Sunday within the Octave of the Epiphany of 1st Sunday after Epiphany
Intr. Exsultet gaudio
Prov. 23, 24 et 25.
Ps. 83, 2-3.
Ps. 83, 3 et 5.
7 LU470

MV393
GR59

VPC44
D/E
- The incipit starts a bit like the psalm tone 7.
- If you can: sing together Pater tuus and Mater tua, meaning no breathing at the second quarter bar.
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.
All. Vere tu es
Isai. 45, 15.
8 LU472

MV396
GR61
F/G
- Lovely jubilus on the word Alleluia.
- Because the verse starts on a similar melody to the Alleluia, one can get caught to continue on the same jubilus after Vere tu es... but actually the next words Rex absconditus have a different flavour, starting by a minor 3rd up AC. Little help: memorize the note A as a safeguard as it will come back often.
- You can enjoy the jubilus once again in the end with Salvator ... and again with the repeated Alleluia.
Tract. Hostiam
Sept.
2 LU---
MV---
GR61
Sung at a Votive Mass after Septuagesima instead of the previous Alleluia.
All. Beatus homo
Pasch.
1 LU---
MV---
GR62
Sung at a Votive Mass in Paschal Time.
All. Vita nostra
Pasch.
1 LU---
MV---
GR63
Sung at a Votive Mass in Paschal Time.
Offert. Tulerunt (Jesum)
Luc. 2, 22.
4 LU472

MV397
GR63

OF---
C/D
Melody similar to Offert. Laetentur on Christmas Midnight Mass... although shorter, with differences.
Here is a comparison: with the Liber Usualis and with the Graduale Romanum.
Comm. Descendit Jesus
Luc. 2, 51.
Ps. 97, 1-3, 4-8
Ps. 83, 2-3, 9-13.
1 LU473

MV397
GR63

VPC44
MV2004
F/F
- Serious tone on Descendit Jesus, followed by a lovely cum eis: I wonder if this melody expresses the happiness rewarding obedience. What do you think?
- Watch out the starting note G at et erat: same note as two notes before.
- The word subditus has five F: memorize this note to come back to it after going down FEC.
- As indicated page VPC44 communion verses are to be found VPC37 or VPC64.
Lauds AR319
Hymn. O gente felix hospita
2 AR325
E
Vespers AR319
1 Ant. Post triduum
Ps. 109. Dixit Dominus
Luc. 2, 46.
8G LU474
MV398
AR324
2 Ant. Dixit Mater Jesu
Ps. 112. Laudate pueri
Luc. 2, 48.
4E LU474
MV399
AR324
3 Ant. Descendit Jesus cum eis
Ps. 121. Laetatus sum
Luc. 2, 51.
8G LU474
MV399
AR325
4 Ant. Et Jesus proficiebat
Ps. 126. Nisi Dominus Luc. 2, 52.
2D LU474
MV399
AR325
5 Ant. Et dicebant
Ps. 147. Lauda Jerusalem
Matth. 13, 54.
8G LU475
MV400
AR325
Hymn. O lux beata
2 LU475

MV400
AR321
E
Ant. Maria autem
Cant. Magnificat (solemn)
Luc. 2, 51.
8G LU476
MV402
AR329
Sunday within the Octave of the Epiphany or 1st Sunday after Epiphany
LU477 GR64 No longer a Sunday mass. It was replaced by the Mass of the Holy Family.
This mass is only said during the ferias following the 1st Sunday after Epiphany.
Intr. In excelso throno
Ps. 99, 1.
8 LU477
GR64
Grad. Benedictus Dominus
Ps. 71, 18 et 3.
7 LU478
GR64
All. Jubilate Deo
Ps. 99, 1.
3 LU479 GR65
Melody similar to Alleluia from Advent 4th, Pentecost 20th.
Offert. Jubilate Deo omnis
Ps. 99, 1-2.
5 LU480
GR66

OF23
Comm. Fili (quid fecisti)
Luc. 2, 48 et 49.
Ps. 26, 1, 4-5, 8, 10.
1 LU481 GR66
VPC44
7 Jan - Second day within the Octave of The Epiphany
LU481
MV404
AR331
Lauds
Vespers
8 Jan - Third day within the Octave of The Epiphany
LU482
MV404
AR332
Lauds
Vespers
9 Jan - Fourth day within the Octave of The Epiphany
LU482
MV404
AR332
Lauds
Vespers
10 Jan - Fifth day within the Octave of The Epiphany
LU482
MV405
AR333
Lauds
Ant. Omnes nationes
Cant. Benedictus
7a LU--- AR333
Vespers
Ant. Omnes de Saba
Cant. Magnificat
8c LU482
MV405
AR333
11 Jan - Sixth day within the Octave of The Epiphany
LU483
MV405
AR334
Lauds
Ant. Venient ad te
Cant. Benedictus
8G LU--- AR334
Ant. Qui odit animam suam
Matth. 16, 24.
3 LU1129
MV127
AR334
Commemoration of St Hyginus.
Vespers
Ant. Admoniti Magi
Cant. Magnificat
Matth. 2, 12.
1f LU483
MV405
AR334
11 Jan - St Hyginus, Pope and Martyr (Memory)
Missa. Si diligis me LU483
MV394
GR67
From the Mass of a Holy Pope.
Proper collect.
12 Jan - Seventh day within the Octave of The Epiphany
LU--- AR335
Lauds
Ant. Manifeste magnus est
Cant. Benedictus
8G LU--- AR335
Vespers
Ant. Tribus miraculis
Cant. Magnificat (solemn)
1D LU466
LU213

MV388
MV218
AR318
AR52
Same as Epiphany.
13 Jan - Octave of Epiphany - Commemoration of Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Missa. Ecce advenit LU483
MV406
GR67 Same as Epiphany.
Proper collect, gospel, secret and postcommunion.
There is no commemoration if Holy Family falls on this day.
2nd Sunday after Epiphany
LU484
MV407
GR67
Intr. Omnis terra
Ps. 65, 4. 1-2.
Ps. 65, 3, 5.
4 LU484

MV407
GR67

VPC45
F/F
- Memorize this long F note, it will come back many times as tristopha at the beginning of each phrase to express adoration to God.
- Beware the difference between Omnis terra and psalmum dicat:
     first one goes FFF-DFE-EGAA,
second one goes FFF-DFE-EFAA.
- Watch out the minor 3rd down on the porrectus at "ti" of tibi.
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.
All. Laudate Deum
Ps. 148, 2.
4 LU486

MV410
GR68
F/G
Melody similar to Alleluia from Advent 3rd, Ascension, Pentecost.
Offert. Jubilate Deo universa
Ps. 65, 1-2 et 16.
Ps. 65, 13 et 14.
1 LU486

MV411
GR69

OF69

SOV13
B/C
Same as 4th Sunday after Easter.
- Great piece, starting on a classic 5th CD-DA-BbB.
- Because it goes as high as note top E you'd better start on a low pitch, B flat as suggested.
- The second jubilate Deo is beautiful, but very long; personally I take a quick breath in the ascending notes of "la", just after the tristropha on A, leaving others to breathe at the quarter bar.

And you need enough air to transition smoothly from jubilate to Deo.
- This proper is known to have two different B on a similar pattern (and same word terra):
1) B flat on the first word terra with FACAG-BbGA-BbA,
2) B natural on the second word terra with FACAG-BGA-CCA, etc.
In a way the second one, B natural, is pulling you up so to reach the coming top C.
- Then comes the part with high notes on venite, et audite, et narrabo. Use your classic techniques for singing the high notes: straight neck, looking down, pushing air from belly and diaphragm, etc. Relax. Sing light and smooth.
- Careful at animae: it is DF-GFGF-FFF, not DF-GEFF-FF as recently heard on the words in Jerusalem from Holy Family offertory. Also pay attention at the rest of the word animae.
Comm. Dicit Dominus
Ioann. 2, 7, 8, 9 et 10-11.
Ps. 65, 1-3, 5-6, 8-9.
6 LU487

MV412
GR70

VPC45
MV2005
D/E
Difficult piece. Invest time to practice it.
- First of all the pitch: if sung alone you can start the antiphon on E, but you might prefer D if you sing the psalm verses as well.
- Some Latin words are tricky to the pronounce: hydrias, architriclino, gustasset, architriclinus.
- Can you see on the word gustasset the B natural and the B flat?
- Another lovely B flat at the word dicit (four notes actually), quite easy to pitch.
- The next phrase Servasti vinum bonum usque adhuc is a bit acrobatic with the triple torculus-punctum CED-C. No need to rush here, but remember: the melody has to flow... like the good wine which is served now.
- Notice the psalm verses, page VPC45, are in mode 5 when the antiphon itself is in mode 6.
Lauds AR336
Ant. Nuptiae factae sunt
Cant. Benedictus
8G* LU--- AR336
Vespers LU488
MV413
AR336
Ant. Deficiente vino
Cant. Magnificat
1f LU488
MV413
AR336
3rd Sunday after Epiphany
LU488
MV415
GR70
Intr. Adorate (Deum)
Ps. 96, 7-8. 1.
Ps. 96, 6-7.
7 LU488

MV415
GR70

VPC46
D/E


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.
All. Dominus regnavit (exsultet)
Ps. 96, 1.
8 LU490

MV417
GR72
D/E
Melody similar to Alleluia from Advent 1st, Christmas Midnight, Ascension.
Offert. Dextera Domini
Ps. 117, 16 et 17.
Ps. 117, 5 et 7.
2A LU677

MV558
GR72

OF25

SOV6
C/D
From Maundy Thursday Solemn Mass (LU, MV).
Comm. Mirabantur omnes
Luc. 4, 22.
Ps. 96, 1, 4-6, 7-10, 12.
7 LU491

MV418
GR73

VPC46
MV2006
D/E
Lauds AR337
Ant. Cum autem descendisset
Cant. Benedictus
8G LU--- AR337
Vespers LU491
MV419
AR337
Ant. Domine si tu vis
Cant. Magnificat
1g2 LU491
MV419
AR337
4th Sunday after Epiphany
LU492
MV420
GR73 Same as 3rd Sunday after Epiphany.
Proper collect, epistle, gospel, secret and postcommunion.
Lauds AR338
Ant. Ascendente Jesu
Cant. Benedictus
6F LU--- AR338
Vespers LU492
MV421
AR338
Ant. Domine salva nos
Cant. Magnificat
1g2 LU492
MV421
AR338
5th Sunday after Epiphany
LU493
MV422
GR73 Same as 3rd Sunday after Epiphany.
Proper collect, epistle, gospel, secret and postcommunion.
Lauds AR339
Ant. Domine nonne bonum
Cant. Benedictus
1a3 LU--- AR339
Vespers LU494
MV423
AR339
Ant. Colligite primum
Cant. Magnificat
1g LU494
MV423
AR339
6th Sunday after Epiphany
LU494
MV424
GR73 Same as 3rd Sunday after Epiphany.
Proper collect, epistle, gospel, secret and postcommunion.
Lauds AR340
Ant. Simile est... grano
Cant. Benedictus
7d LU--- AR340
Vespers LU495
MV426
AR340
Ant. Simile est... fermento
Cant. Magnificat
1a3 LU495
MV426
AR340
Saturday before Septuagesima
Vespers LU496 AR340
Ant. Dixit Dominus ad Adam
Cant. Magnificat
8G LU496
LU212
AR341
AR52
V. Benedicamus Domino
B LU783
MV649
AR341
Last time Alleluia is said, twice at Benedicamus Domino, until Easter Vigil.



Mode Final Tenor examples M F T
 1  D A serious Kyrie XI, Jesu dulcis, Ave maris stella, Gaudeamus, Inclina, Veni Sancte Spiritus, Dies irae 1A A E
 2  D F sad/content Dominus dixit, Qui habitat, Jerusalem (surge), Vir erat, De profundis, Justus (ut palma) 2A A C
 3  E C mystic Pange lingua, Exsurge, Eripe me, Omnia, Gaudens, Dignus, Benedicite 3A A F
 4  E A harmonious Credo I, Creator alme siderum, Resurrexi, Laetentur, Confirma, Various Alleluias 4B B E
 5  F C glad Credo III, Adoro te, Salve Regina, Attende Domine, Cogitationes, Tribulationes, Timebunt 5C C G
 6  F A devout Ave verum, Ave Regina, Regina caeli, Ubi caritas, In splendoribus, Pascha nostrum, Requiem 6C C E
 7  G D angelic Asperges, Hosanna, Oculi mei, Factus est repente, Ecce panis, Signum, In paradisum
 8  G C perfect Ad te levavi, Veni Creator, O salutaris Hostia, Introibo, Jubilate Deo, Pater, Lux aeterna



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