Wednesday, 29 April 2015

The Mighty Spirit: forthcoming chant study day

Please note the following forthcoming event:

"The Mighty Spirit: The Vigil Mass of Pentecost - A New Approach to Singing the Mass"
When: Saturday 23 May, 12 noon to 5 p.m.
Where: St Mary's and St John's Catholic Church, Snowhill, Wolverhampton WV2 4AD
Celebrant: Fr Guy Nicholls, Cong. Orat.
Speakers: Fr Guy Nicholls, Cong. Orat. and Wilfrid Jones

Talks, chant class, and question time. Bring-and-share lunch; soup and hot drinks provided.

Please email the John Henry Newman Institute of Liturgical Music to reserve a place.

Mass will be celebrated at 4 p.m. This will be a fully sung Mass of the Vigil of Pentecost, with the full complement of readings and Tracts. Music will be partly in Latin and partly in English, and participants will be introduced to the Graduale Parvum. This is a collection of the Proper liturgical texts set to simple but authentic Gregorian melodies, begun by the late Professor László Dobszay, and currently being brought to completion by the Association for Latin Liturgy.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Nidaros ordo

Monday 27. Feria II.
Tuesday 28. Saint Vitalis, martyr, three lessons.
Wednesday 29. St Peter, martyr, three lessons.
Thursday 30.Feria V.
Friday 1 May. SS PHILIP AND JAMES, apostles, double.
Saturday 2. Sabbath.

The anthem after Compline is Regina celi.

Litanies, by Jehan Alain

Take your pick:

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Nidaros ordo

Monday 20. Feria II.
Tuesday 21. Feria III.
Wednesday 22. Feria IV.
Thursday 23.Saint George, martyr, three lessons.
Friday 24. Feria VI.
Saturday 25. St Mark, evangelist, semidouble. The greater litanies.

The anthem after Compline is Regina celi.

The litanies are sung during an outdoor procession with relics - at Nidaros itself, the feretory of St Olav was carried in procession.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Hristos anesti!

Nidaros ordo

Monday 13. Feria II.
Tuesday 14. Saints Tiburtius and Valerian [martyrs], three lessons.
Wednesday 15. Feria IV.
Thursday 16. ST MAGNUS, martyr, double.
Friday 17. Feria VI.
Saturday 18. Sabbath.

The anthem after Compline is Regina celi.

The Feast of St Magnus was presumably of higher rank (major double or even summum) in Orkney and Shetland, and evidence from, e.g., petitions for indulgences, suggest that the feast was kept with an octave at St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall. Quite right too.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Christ is risen!

Nidaros ordo

Sunday 5 April. EASTER DAY.
Monday 6. Feria II of Easter.
Tuesday 7. Feria III of Easter.
Wednesday 8. Feria IV of Easter.
Thursday 9. Feria V of Easter.
Friday 10. Feria VI of Easter.
Saturday 11. Sabbath of Easter.

The anthem after Compline is Regina celi.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

News from Nowhere 8

A new issue of Latin Liturgy is out this month, and my "News from Nowhere" column is concerned with liturgy-related videos online. I shall embed some videos in this post, for your convenience, and provide links to other web pages mentioned in the article. N.B. Some of these links play videos automatically, so have your volume turned down if you don't want to startle your colleagues/upset the librarian/wake the cat up.

Steve George's chant training video series is explained here.

An example:

(A video of "Video caelos"; see what i did there?)

Cf. Marek Klein's "Graduale Project".


Although I mention it a little later in the article, this is also a good place to link to the chant videos from Corpus Christi Watershed.


Lent - Third Sunday: Introit Oculi Mei from Corpus Christi Watershed on Vimeo.

Jeremy de Satgé's 2010 talk to the Latin Liturgy Association (USA):

The National Trust's short film about the Lyme Park Missal:

A post on the New Liturgical Movement blog about this film clip from Christmas Holiday (1944):

The opening titles of True Confessions (1981):

Elvis sings the Offertory in Change of Habit (1969):

The Vatican channel on Youtube.

The PapalMusic channel; and an example of it what it provides:

A series of short films about the Birmingham Oratory.

A video about the Gregorian Chant Network's annual course:

(The GCN has a blog too.)

The Picard music collection put online by "Firminus". (These fascinating recordings were being circulated on cassette tapes, like pop bootlegs, when I first heard them nearly twenty years ago. The internet does make some things so much easier!)

The British Pathé archive website, which includes footage of the consecration of Downside Abbey church (1935); the coronation of Pope Paul VI (1963); and Mass in the trenches.

The Greek Divine Liturgy at the monastery of Veljusa, Macedonia:

A blog post by Fr Simon Henry including some films made at Ushaw College in the 1960s, including Midnight Mass (1962):

Another Christmas Mass (2008) from Notre Dame de Paris:

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