If you do not normally sing the Propers at Mass (Introit, Offertory, Communion etc) then this Advent, with the arrival of the new Missal translation, this is the perfect time to begin. If you have not read them yet, then Ben up at Orkney Chant has written a brilliantly comprehensive series of articles on options for singing the Introit during Advent. Ben has found more to sing this Advent than the latest ‘Now That’s What I call Music 986.’ Closer to home, Tom Haggar, the choir director at St. Thomas More’s, Seaford, has kindly sent me his English propers which are set to psalm tones. I am sure you will agree that they are beautifully laid out and very easy to sing. Another advantage with Tom’s propers is that he always uses the approved English translation. For the Offertory Antiphons, he sticks to the Grail Psalter unless when the Latin version in the Graduale is from elsewhere in Scripture and then he uses the St Gregory Processional which has recently been endorsed by the Bishops’ Conferences of England & Wales, and Scotland.
Click on the links below to view the PDFs.
Incidentally, if you are not familiar with the St Gregory Processional, which I wasn’t until a couple of weeks ago, a PDF is available to view HERE . If you want a copy of your own then e-mail the Society of St. Gregory HERE.