The Joy of Tradition

 Online Library of Catholic Catechetical Resources

  1. The Mass
    1. The Four Ends of Mass
    2. Ad Orientem Worship
    3. The Ancient Form of the Roman Rite
    4. Liturgical Diversity in the Catholic Church
    5. Manner of Reception of Holy Communion in the Ancient Form
    6. The Mass of Vatican II, by Fr. Joseph Fessio, S. J.
    7. The Use of Incense in the Mass
    8. Active Participation: You Have the Rite to Remain Silent, by Kevin Di Camillo for National Catholic Register
    9. Understanding the Mass: 9 short articles from the Diocese of Marquette
    10. Vatican Letter on the Sign of Peace during Mass (Pope Francis, June 8, 2014)
    11. The Altar
    12. The Altar Rail and Kneeling
  2. Sacred Music
    1. What Makes Music Sacred?
    2. What Does the Church Say about the Music of the Mass?
    3. The Propers of the Mass: The Entrance Chant
    4. The Sung Ordinary of the Mass
    5. Sacred Silence
    6. The Propers of the Mass: The Offertory Chant and the Communion Chant
    7. Why Gregorian Chant?
    8. Sacred Polyphony
    9. The Propers of the Mass: Chants between the Readings
    10. Commentary on Sacred Music by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, July 4, 2015
    11. Re-discovery of the Church's Sacred Tradition: II Kings 22
    12. The Revolution of Obedience
  3. Videos of the Sung Ordinary
    1. The Mass Chanted in English
    2. Missa de Angelis
    3. Missal Chants
    4. Missa Jubilate Deo
    5. Missa Orbis Factor
    6. Mass XVII for Sundays Advent and Lent
      1. Mass XVII is one of the eighteen Gregorian settings of the Ordinary found in the Graduale Romanum, and it is designated as the Mass for Sundays of Advent and Lent. Thus there is no Gloria included. Its melody is melismatic (having more than one pitch for each syllable). At the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, we sing this setting at the Missa Cantata during Lent and Advent, and in 2019 we are introducing it at the solemn 11:30 Novus Ordo Mass during Lent, with the plan to resume singing it in Advent.
      2. Kyrie Eleison (Lord, have mercy)
      3. Sanctus (Holy, Holy, Holy)
      4. Agnus Dei (Lamb of God)
      5. The Mass XVII parts can be found in our St. Michael Hymnal at #121 - #123.
    7. Missa Simplex, Michael O'Connor, O. P. and Richard Proulx
      1. Kyrie (Lord, have mercy)
      2. Gloria (Glory to God in the highest)
      3. Sanctus (Holy, Holy)
      4. Memorial Acclamation (We proclaim your death, O Lord)
      5. Amen
      6. Agnus Dei (Lamb of God)
    8. Mass of the Patriarchs, based on an Ancient French Tone, arr. Michael O'Connor, O. P.
      1. Kyrie (Lord, have mercy)
      2. Gloria (Glory to God in the highest)
      3. Sanctus (Holy, Holy)
      4. Agnus Dei (Lamb of God)
      5. Sample score of the Gloria with all voice parts (sheet music)
      6. The Mass of the Patriarchs parts can be found in our St. Michael Hymnal at #163 - #168.
    9. El Ordinario del Misal Romano en Español
      1. En la Basílica de los Santos Pedro y Pablo, cantamos el ordinario en español durante del Tiempo Ordinario. Este ordinario utiliza las mismas melodías antiguas como el más universal ordinario, Missa Jubilate Deo, pero lo cantamos en español y no en latín.
      2. Kyrie (Señor, ten piedad)
      3. Gloria (Gloria a Dios)
      4. Sanctus (Santo, santo)
      5. Padre Nuestro (del Misal Romano)
      6. Embolismo/Tuyo es el reino
      7. Misterio de Fe / Anunciamos tu muerte
      8. Agnus Dei (Cordero de Dios)
      9. Audio de las principales partes cantadas de la Misa (del Misal Romano)
    10. Credo - Our Profession of Faith: The Nicene Creed
      1. Credo I - Regarded as the most authentic of the various ancient tones of our Creed, in Latin
      2. Credo I - our Creed in English
      3. Creo I - nuestro Creo en español, con la melodía de Credo I en latín
    11. Pater Noster - Our Father in Latin

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