Gregorian Chant – Online Study with Anthony Ruff

May 22 – July 25, 2020
Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary
Instructor: Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB

Content: Comprehensive introduction to Gregorian Chant, with practical emphasis on singing it in the liturgy. Treatment of historical development, notation, modality, rhythmic interpretation, repertoire and liturgical use, Latin pronunciation, English adaptations, and conducting. Some knowledge of the basics of music theory is expected.

Full info here.

Gregorian Chant at Emmanuel Hermitage

From the Gregorian Chant at Emmanuel Hermitage – Resources for singing the Liturgy of the Hours with the Latin Texts website:

The Divine Office in this Web follows the current official Liturgy of the Hours in Latin language: Liturgia Horarum – Iuxta Ritum Romanum, Editio Typica Altera -1985– It is presented in a PDF booklet for every liturgical date.

The booklets for Sundays and Solemnities of the whole liturgical year contain: I Vespers, Lauds, and II Vespers.

The text of every single antiphon is written before the chant antiphon. Some times when the exact Gregorian antiphon was not found, an alternate one with a similar or related content is used.

The proper antiphons for the Gospel Canticles, are considered in its 3 Cycles A, B, and C, – as per the 1985 edition of the Latin Liturgia Horarum – in sequence, with the canticle in the respective chant tone.

Since this is a work in progress, not all the chant antiphons are included yet. I’m updating the contents as I have them available.

I’ll be uploading and/or updating the booklets I’ve been creating over the last couple years for personal use in separate “Pages”.

The size of the pages allows for good reading on a small tablet or device.

Stella cæli

Stella cæli exstirpavit quæ lactavit Dominum
Mortis pestem quam plantavit primus parens hominum.
Ipsa stella nunc dignetur sidera compescere,
Quorum bella plebem cædunt diræ mortis ulcere.

O gloriosa stella maris, a peste succurre nobis:
Audi nos, nam te filius nihil negans honorat.
Salva nos, Jesu! Pro quibus virgo mater te orat.

The star of heaven who suckled the Lord
Has rooted out the plague of death which the first parent of men planted.
May that very star now deign to restrain the constellations
Whose wars kill the people with the sore of terrible death.

O glorious star of the sea, save us from the plague.
Hear us, for thy Son honours thee, refusing thee nothing.
Save us, Jesus, on whose behalf the virgin mother beseeches thee.

Gregorian Chant: Perfect Music for the Sacred Liturgy

…The Second Vatican Council says that chant is a necessary or integral part of the solemn liturgy; it gives a nobler form to the celebration of the liturgy; and above all, it is specially suited to the Roman Rite and deserves the foremost place within it. When performed in an edifying manner, chant in and of itself “accords with the spirit of the liturgical action,” which cannot be assumed for any other type of music.

Full transcription here.

Traduzione in italiano qui.