Gregorian Chant for the Congregation

Jubilate Deo, a collection given to all the world’s bishops by Pope Paul VI in 1974 (G-1909) and then expanded in 1987. The title means something like “Shout to God.” It provided the entire order of Mass for congregational singing in Latin, including all the responses and some settings of the ordinary. A few other miscellaneous chants are also included. The pope’s idealistic wish was that this would become the core repertoire known by all Catholics.  

Liber Cantualis, a “book of chant” published in 1978. It is quite extensive, with the order of Mass, seven chant Ordinaries, the Mass for the Dead, the four sequences of the postconciliar liturgy, and various antiphons and hymns for seasons of the liturgical year. (G-2589)  

Kyriale Simplex, a “simple Kyriale” issued right after Vatican II in 1965. A kyriale is a collection of Mass ordinaries. Although most congregations will have more than enough Mass settings in the resources listed above, this is an interesting collection of additional settings. It has five Mass ordinaries and 4 creeds. The editors astutely drew from non-Roman traditions of Latin chant (e.g., Mozarabic, Ambrosian) to find the most singeable congregational Mass settings. The entire Kyriale Simplex is included in the Graduale Simplex (see G-5393).

The Graduale Romanum (G-2414) also has the order of Mass with the Latin responses beginning on page 798, and an extensive kyriale beginning on page 709, with many mass settings too difficult for most congregations. (Historically, most of these mass settings were used in monasteries, or else sung by the choir rather than the congregation.) Note: The accompaniment volumes do not include the kyriale portion.  

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