Latin Mass Homeschool Family
By Veronica Brandt
Latin Mass Homeschool FamilyDec 17, 2019
Litany of the Holy Name in Gregorian Chant
There is no rose of such virtue
Quick video of a piece. Someone asked which tune we knew, so here it is.
Astra quae terram - Gregorian chant hymn to St Philomena in Latin
It was St Philomena's feast day 12 August. Someone requested me to sing a hymn to St Philomena in Latin. Sure enough there was a thread on the Musica Sacra forum about chant hymns for St Philomena and you can read the rest of the story, and download the PDF on my website:
Corda Pia Inflammantur - Hymn for St Francis - Gregorian chant
Ave Maria - Gregorian Chant mode 1
Da pacem Domine - grant peace, O Lord - short antiphon for Peace in our days
Day 99 of #100daysofchant
Da pacem Domine, in diebus nostris. Quia non est aliud qui pugnet pro nobis nisi tu Deus noster.
Give peace, O Lord, in our days because there is no one else who will fight for us if not you, our God.
Virgo Dei Genitrix - the short hymn to Our Lady with the most elisions
Day 98 of #100daysofchant
1. Virgo Dei Genitrix, quem totus non capit orbis:
In tua se clausit viscera factus homo.
1. O Virgin Mother of God, He Whom the whole world does not contain, enclosed Himself in thy womb, being made man.
2. Vera fides Geniti purgavit crimina mundi,
Et tibi virginitas inviolata manet.
2. True faith in thy begotten Son has cast out the sins of the world, and for thee virginity remains inviolate.
3. Te matrem pietatis, opem te clamitat orbis:
Subvenias famulis, O benedicta, tuis.
3. Thou art the Mother of divine love, Thou the aiding power the world cries out to: come in aid, O blessed one, of thy servants.
4. Gloria magna Patri, compar sit gloria Nato,
Spiritui Sancto gloria magna Deo.
4. Great glory be to the Father, equal glory to the Son, great glory to God the Holy Spirit.
Adoremus in Aeternum - responsary-ish hymn for the end of Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
Day 97 of #100daysofchant
Adoremus in aeternum, sanctissimum sacramentum.
Let us adore forever the most Holy Sacrament (Jesus truly present under the appearance of bread)
Tantum Ergo - Such therefore a Sacrament, we venerate bowing down
Day 96 of #100daysofchant
One webpage about this hymn - plus the PDF that I'm singing from:
Another webpage on learning the Latin for Benediction, based on the Catholic's Latin Instructor by Fr Caswall:
O Salutaris Hostia - O saving Victim - penultimate verse of Verbum Supernum
Day 95 of #100daysofchant
Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament is one of those old devotions that sometimes gets taken for granted, but seems to be a bit rarer than it should be.
For learning the words, see this interactive page at Kids Chant:
or this more mundane page:
Little Office BVM Compline in Gregorian Chant with updated Psalm Tone
Day 94 of #100daysofchant
So close to finishing!
For anyone new, I have been working on a course teaching people how to Sing the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Latin since 2020. Recently someone asked about the Psalm tone I was using for Compline compared with page 158 of the Baronius Press book, so I made a technical video exploring what was going on there - you'll have to get the course to find the video. In the process, I updated the booklets - available at littleoffice.brandt.id.au. Today I got around to fixing up the Psalm tone in a recording with one of my sons.
So now you have the definitive way to sing Compline from the Little Office.
Except I've still got the Monastic Sub Tuum in there, but no one has asked me about that yet, so it's staying for now as a nod to Maternal Heart Church, Lewisham.
God bless you!
Illuxerunt coruscationes - Introit for the Transfiguration - Lightning!
Day 93 of #100daysofchant
The Introit for the feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (6 August)
ILLUXÉRUNT coruscatiónes, tuæ orbi terræ: commota est, et contrémuit terra. Ps. Quam dilécta tabernácula tua, Dómine virtútum! concupíscit, et déficit anima mea in atria Dómini. Gloria Patri.
Thy lightnings enlightened the world: the earth shook and trembled. Ps. How lovely are Thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! my soul longeth and fainteth for the courts of the Lord. Glory be to the Father.
Visionem quam vidistis - Communion antiphon for the Transfiguration
Day 92 of #100daysofchant
Visionem quam vidistis, nemini dixeritis, donec a mortuis resurgat Filius hominis.
Tell the vision which you have seen to no man until the Son of Man is risen from the dead.
or Television to no man. No TV. Dixit Dominus.
Another Quae est ista + Magnificat for the Catena Legionis Mariae - from Lauds of the Assumption
Day 91 of #100daysofchant
The visuals are pages 207 and 1600^4 from the Liber Usualis 1961.
Here's my earlier version using a Communion Antiphon:
Vexilla Regis - Abroad the regal banners fly - Gregorian chant - sonorous Passiontide meditation
Day 90 of #100daysofchant
We sang this as an intermission procession for a production of The Man Born to Be King at the Great Hall in Sydney University. That was my introduction to it. The whole audience processed out after the Crucifixion, giving the stage crew time to change the set.
Sacris Solemniis - cool hymn to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament
Salve Festa Dies - Cool chorus, tricky verses - Easter procession hymn - Hail festival day!
Day 88 of #100daysofchant
You guys probably all go to the Easter Vigil and sleep in on Easter Sunday, don't you? Well, some really cool stuff happens while you guys are all sleeping. Easter Sunday has this little known optional procession.
Do you need a translation here when the words are in the video?
Way back when I put A New Book of Old Hymns together, I could not find a translation anywhere. Now they seem to abound on the internet! So many different versions though! There are even variations for Ascension Thursday and Pentecost.
Salve festa dies toto venerabilis aevo
In tempore paschale: qua Deus infernum vicit et astra tenet.
In die ascensione: qua Deus ascendit victor et astra tenet.
In die pentecoste: qua sacer accendit Spiritus igne suos.
Hail festal day, hallowed forever; On which God defeats hell and seizes heaven.
Ecce renascentis testatur gratia mundi
Omnia cum Domino dona redisse suo.
Behold the beauty of the world reborn bears witness that all gifts have returned with their Lord.
Namque triumphanti post tristia tartara Christo
Undique fronde nemus gramina flore favent.
For indeed, from every side leafy groves and meadow flowers greet Christ as he returns in triumph after the gloom of hell.
Qui genus humanum cernes mersisse profundo,
ut hominem eriperes, es quoque factus homo.
When Thou sawest mankind buried in sin Thou becamest man to rescue man.
Tristia cesserunt infernae vincula legis
Expavitque chaos luminis ore premi.
The cruel bondage of hell's tyranny has passed away, Chaos is in terror of being overwhelmed by the face of light.
Pollicitam sed redde fidem, precor, alma potestas,
Tertia lux redii, surge sepulte meus.
O Nourishing Power, fulfil Thy promise, I pray. The third day dawns. Arise, my buried Lord.
Solve catenates inferni carceris umbrae,
et revoca sursum, quiquid ad ima ruit.
Loose the gloomy chains of hell's prison house and call back whatever is plummeting.
Redde tuam faciem, videant ut saecula lumen
redde diem, qui nos, te moriente, fugit.
Show us Thy face again, that the world may see its light. Show us the daylight that fled from us while Thou wast dying.
Ubi Caritas est vera (with one slip into "et amor") Gregorian Chant
Day 87 of #100daysofchant
I went with the "est vera" version thinking that it would be the better version as the new books were using it - like the way some of the Pre-Urbanite versions of hymns were being revived. Unfortunately, this isn't the way most of the groups I sing with sing it. "Ubi caritas et amor" is pretty entrenched. If I ever get around to the new version of A New Book of Old Hymns, this is one of many little changes to be made.
Stabat Mater - the easy hymn version - Our Lady of Sorrows by the Cross
Day 86 of #100daysofchant
This one's a classic hymn to accompany the Stations of the Cross. The Latin is so brief and concise and beautiful. There's also a Sequence version with a bit more variety to the tune, but when I put together A New Book of Old Hymns, this simpler one was the only one I knew.
For more info see:
Crux Fidelis - Faithful Cross - the 1962 Liber Usualis version
Day 85 of #100daysofchant
I love how the chorus repeats in two parts. Keeps you awake figuring out which chorus comes next. Also makes it a bit more interesting to sing along the chorus. And it is beautiful - recounting the story of Redemption from Eden to Bethlehem to the Upper Room to Calvary to Heaven.
Crux fidelis, inter omnes arbor una nobilis: nulla silva talem profert, fronde, flore, germine. Dulce lignum, dulces clavos, dulce pondus sustinet. Faithful cross, above all other: one and only noble tree! None in foliage, none in blossom, none in fruit thy peer may be: sweetest wood and sweetest iron, sweetest weight is hung on thee. De parentis protoplasti Fraude Factor condolens, Quando pomi noxialis In necem morsu ruit: Ipse lignum tunc notavit, Damna ligni ut solveret. Hoc opus nostræ salutis Ordo depoposcerat; Multiformis proditoris Ars ut artem falleret, Et medelam ferret inde, Hostis unde læserat. Quando venit ergo sacri Plenitudo temporis, Missus est ab arce Patris Natus, orbis Conditor; Atque ventre virginali Carne amictus prodiit. Vagit infans inter arcta Conditus præsepia: Membra pannis envoluta Vrigo Mater alligat: Et Dei manus pedesque Stricta cingit fascia. Lustra sex qui jam peregit, Tempus implens corporis, Sponte libera Redemptor Passioni deditus, Agnus in Crucis levatur Immolandus stipite. Felle potus ecce languet: Spina, clavi, lancea Mite corpus perforarunt: Unda manat, et cruor: Terra, pontus, astra, mundus, Quo lavantur flumine! Flecte ramos arbor alta, Tensa laxa viscera, Et rigor lentescat ille, Quem dedit nativitas; Et superni membra regis Tende miti stipite. Sola digna tu fuisti Ferre mundi victimam; Atque portum præparare Arco mundo naufrago, Quam sacer cruor perunxit, Fusus Agni corpore. Sempiterna sit beatæ Trinitati gloria, Æqua Patri, Filioque; Par decus Paraclito: Unius Trinique nomen Laudet universitas.
Pange Lingua - sing my tongue - Benediction Hymn by Thomas Aquinas
Day 84 of #100daysofchant
You know this one, don't you?
There's a bit more information here (along with a crossword puzzle to test your vocabulary skillz):
Adoro Te Devote - Thomas Aquinas' really cool hymn to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament
Day 83 of #100daysofchant
Everyone should know this one. I keep assuming everyone does, and that's probably why I haven't recorded it already. This is one I loved reading in our parish hymnbook during Mass way back in the 80s, in the Gerard Manley Hopkins translation without the Pelican verse. I would spend Mass memorizing it, even though I'm not sure if I understood it all.
You can find more info about it, plus the pdf for the visuals here:
Haec Dies - This is the day that the Lord hath made - Melismatic Easter Chant
Day 82 of #100daysofchant
This is the day that the Lord hath made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Haec dies quam fecit Dominus: exsultemus et laetemur in ea.
Inclina aurem tuam - Communion antiphon for 7th Sunday after Pentecost
Day 81 of #100daysofchant
This is the Communion Antiphon for this Sunday. I've sung it with the extra verses as found in the Goupil Gradual from Corpus Christi Watershed.
INCLÍNA aurem tuam, accélera ut erípias me.
Bow down Thy ear, make haste to deliver me.
Sicut in holocaustis - Offertory 7th Sunday post Pentecost
Day 80 of #100daysofchant
This is the offertory antiphon for Mass this Sunday
SICUT in holocáustis aríetum et taurórum, et sicut in míllibus agnórum pínguium: sic fiat sacrifícium nostrum in conspéctu tuo hódie, ut pláceat tibi: quia non est confúsio confidéntibus in te, Dómine.
As in holocausts of rams and bullocks, and as in thousands of fat lambs; so let our sacrifice be made in Thy sight this day, that it may please Thee: for there is no confusion to them that trust in Thee, O Lord.
Omnes gentes plaudite manibus - clap your hands! Introit 7th Sunday after Pentecost
Day 79 of #100daysofchant
This is the Introit for Mass this Sunday
OMNES gentes, pláudite manibús: jubiláte Deo in voce exsultatiónis.
Ps. 46. 3. Quóniam Dóminus excélsus, terribílis: Rex magnus super omnem terram. V. Glória Patri.
Clap your hands, all ye nations: shout unto God with the voice of joy.
Ps. For the Lord is most high, He is terrible; He is a great King over all the earth. V. Glory be to the Father.
O Filii et Filiae - an Easter hymn
Compline: Chant Little Office of the Immaculate Conception
Vespers: Chant Little Office of the Immaculate Conception
None: Chant Little Office of the Immaculate Conception
Sext: Chant Little Office of the Immaculate Conception
Terce: Chant Little Office of the Immaculate Conception
Prime: Chant Little Office of the Immaculate Conception
Matins: Chant Little Office of the Immaculate Conception
Little Office of the Immaculate Conception in Gregorian Chant
Taking an Antiphon from the Little Office and adding a matching Alleluia
Flos Carmeli - ready for 16 July - remember to kiss your scapular
Day 68 of #100daysofchant
The Carmelite sequence for 16 July. Two of my children help me out here.
sed viri nescia
nos ad esse
tecum in saeculum
quae crescis lilium
clavis et ianua,
fac nos duci
quo, Mater, gloria
Flower of Carmel,
Tall vine blossom laden;
Splendour of heaven,
Childbearing yet maiden.
None equals thee.
Mother so tender,
Who no man didst know,
On Carmel's children
Thy favours bestow.
Star of the Sea.
Strong stem of Jesse,
Who bore one bright flower,
Be ever near us
And guard us each hour,
who serve thee here.
Purest of lilies,
That flowers among thorns,
Bring help to the true heart
That in weakness turns
and trusts in thee.
Strongest of armour,
We trust in thy might:
Under thy mantle,
Hard press'd in the fight,
we call to thee.
Our way uncertain,
Surrounded by foes,
You give to those
who turn to thee.
O gentle Mother
Who in Carmel reigns,
Share with your servants
That gladness you gained
and now enjoy.
Hail, Gate of Heaven,
With glory now crowned,
Bring us to safety
Where thy Son is found,
true joy to see.
Salve Mater misericordiae - Hail, Mother of mercy (have mercy on this recording!)
Day 66 of #100daysofchant
I didn't do a great job here - I missed a verse accidentally and went flat, but hoping that on the balance, it may illuminate another corner of the treasure trove of the Church's patrimony of sacred music.
Refrain: Hail, Mother of mercy, Mother of God, and Mother of pardon, Mother of hope, and Mother of grace, Mother full of holy joy, O Mary!
1. Hail, honor of mankind; hail, Virgin worthier than others, who surpass all virgins and in heaven occupy the highest seat of honor, O Mary!
2. Hail, happy child-bearing Mother, for He Who sits at the right hand of the Father, ruling heaven, earth, and sky, didst enclose Himself within Thy womb, O Mary!
3. The Father created thee, the Only-Begotten One loved thee, the Holy Spirit made thee fruitful, thou art made wholly divine, O Mary!
4. God wondrously created thee; looks on thee, the humble handmaid; seeks thee, the amiable spouse; no one was made similar to thee, O Mary!
5. All the just desire to praise thee, but it is never sufficient; Many praises of thee they receive, but they are utterly deficient, O Mary!
6. O Mother, be our solace; thou Virgin, be our joy; at last, after this exile, join us, rejoicing, to the heavenly choirs, O Mary!
Regina Mundi - Queen of the World and Lady of Mt Carmel
Day 67 of #100daysofchant
Regina Mundi - the communion antiphon for the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel coming up on the 16th July
REGÍNA mundi digníssima, María Virgo perpétua, intercéde pro nostra pace et salúte, quæ genuísti Christum Dóminum, Salvatórem ómnium.
Most worthy queen of the world, Mary, ever a virgin, intercede for our peace and safety, who didst bring forth Christ, Our Lord, the Saviour of all.
Stella caeli - hymn to Our Lady against plague
Day 65 of #100daysofchant
The Star of Heaven that nourished the Lord drove away the plague of death which the first parents of man brought into the world. May this bright Star now vouchsafe to extinguish that foul constellation whose battles have slain the people with the wound of death.
O most pious Star of the Sea, preserve us from pestilence; hear us, O Lady, for Thy Son honours Thee by denying Thee nothing. Save us, O Jesus, for whom Thy Virgin Mother supplicates Thee.
Maria Mater Gratiae - quick 2 verse hymn to Our Lady, Mother of Grace
Day 64 of #100daysofchant
Wikipedia interleaves the text with the English translation:
Maria, mater gratiae,
Mary, gracious mother,
Dulcis parens clementiae,
Sweet fount of mercy,
Tu nos ab hoste protege,
Protect us from the foe,
Et mortis hora suscipe.
And receive us in our hour of death.
Jesu, tibi sit gloria,
Jesu, glory be to Thee,
Qui natus es de Virgine,
Born of the Virgin,
Cum Patre et almo Spiritu,
With the Father and the Holy Spirit,
In sempiterna saecula. Amen.
For ever and ever. Amen.
Ut queant laxis - the do-re-mi hymn to cure sore throats
Exaudi, Domine, vocem meam - 5th Sunday after Pentecost
Day 62 of #100daysofchant
The Introit for the 5th Sunday after Pentecost (that's next Sunday, so get practising!)
EXAUDI, Dómine, vocem meam, qua clamávi ad te: adjútor meus esto, ne derelínquas me, neque despícias me, Deus salutáris meus. Ps. 26. 2. Dóminus illuminátio mea, et salus mea, quem timébo? V. Glória Patri.
Hear O Lord, my voice with which I have cried to Thee: be Thou my helper, forsake me not, nor do Thou despise me, O God, my Saviour. Ps. The Lord is my light, and my salvation, whom shall I fear? V. Glory be to the Father.
Unam petii - One thing have I asked - Communio 5th Sunday after Pentecost
Day 61 of #100daysofchant
UNAM pétii a Dómino, hanc requíram: ut inhábitem in domo Dòmini ómnibus diébus vitæ meæ.
One thing I have asked of the Lord, this will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.
Dominus firmamentum meum - Communion 4th Sunday after Pentecost
Day 60 of #100daysofchant
DÓMINUS firmaméntum meum, et refúgium meum, et liberátor meus: Deus meus adjútor meus.
The Lord is my firmament, and my refuge, and my deliverer, my God is my helper.
Calix benedictionis - Offertory for the Most Precious Blood
Day 59 of #100daysofchant
The feast of the Most Precious Blood is on 1st July. This is the Offertory Antiphon:
CALIX benedictiónis, cui benedícimus, nonne communicátio Sánguinis Christi est? et panis, quem frángimus, nonne participátio Córporis Dómini est?
The chalice of benediction which we bless, is it not the communion of the Blood of Christ? And the bread which we break, is it not the partaking of the Body of the Lord?
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Christus semel - Communion for the Most Precious Blood
Day 58 of #100daysofchant
The feast of the Most Precious Blood is on 1st July. This is the Communion Antiphon:
CHRISTUS semel oblátus est ad multórum exhauriénda peccáta: secúndo sine peccáto apparébit exspectántibus se in salútem.
Christ was offered once to exhaust the sins of many; the second time He shall appear without sin to them that expect Him, unto salvation.
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Redemisti nos - Introit for the Most Precious Blood
Day 57 of #100daysofchant
The feast of the Most Precious Blood is on 1st July. This is the Introit or Entrance Antiphon:
REDEMISTI nos, Dómine, in sanguine tuo, ex omni tribu, et lingua, et pópulo, et natióne: et fecísti nos Deo nostro regnum. Ps. 88.2. Misericórdias Dómini in ætérnum cantábo: in generatiónem et generatiónem annuntiábo veritátem tuam in ore meo. Gloria Patri.
Thou hast redeemed us, O Lord, in Thy Blood, out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and hast made us to our God a kingdom. Ps. The mercies of the Lord I will sing forever: I will show forth Thy truth with my mouth to generation and generation. Glory be to the Father.
Jesu Rex Admirabilis - Palestrina Plus Plainchant
Day 56 of #100daysofchant
Jesu Rex Admirabilis is one part of St Bernard of Clairvaux's Really Long Poem. The other popular part is Jesu Dulcis Memoria.
Giovanni Pierluigi Palestrina arranged it in this beautiful three part motet.
Here we alternate between the Palestrina and the Gregorian chant.
1 Jesu, Rex admirabilis
Et triumphator nobilis
2 Mane nobiscum Domine
Et nos illustra lumine
Pulsa mentis caligine
Mundum reple dulcedine.
3 Te saeculorum Principem,
Te, Christe, regem gentium,
Te mentium, Te cordium
unum fatemur arbitrum.
4 Amor Iesus continuus
Mihi languor assiduus
Mihi Iesus mellifluus
Fructus vitæ perpetuus
5 Quocumque loco fuero
Semper Iesum desidero
Amore Iesus langueo
& corde totus ardeo
1 O Jesu, King most wonderful,
Thou Conqueror renowned,
Thou sweetness most ineffable,
In whom all joys are found!
2 When once thou visitest the heart,
Then truth begins to shine;
Then earthly vanities depart;
Then kindles love divine.
3 O Jesu! Light of all below!
Thou Fount of life and fire,
Surpassing all the joys we know,
And all we can desire:
4 May every heart confess thy name,
And ever thee adore;
And seeking thee, itself inflame
To seek thee more and more.
5 Thee may our tongues forever bless,
Thee may we love alone;
And ever in our lives express
The image of thine own.
Translation by Edward Caswall
Chant Antiphons for the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary - Mysteria Gaudi
Day 55 of #100daysofchant
Here are the five antiphons for the five joyful mysteries of the Rosary as in Cantus Selecti from Solesmes.
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