Parish Book of Chant – 2nd edition

Richard Rice has uploaded to Musica Sacra the current draft of the second edition of the Parish Book of Chant.

He asks that people review and comment, either at the site or to his email (

You can also click on the links below:



In the current draft of the 2nd edition, he has altered the English translation to the Order of Sung Mass for the Ordinary Form, to that of the new Roman Missal translation and added the notated Missa Jubilo.

A very useful addition to the new edition is the addition of  notation for all the verses of all of hymns; this even includes the super-long ones like Puer Natus Est and Crux Fidelis. He has also included the sequences in the new edition. The only sequence in the current edition is the Stabat Mater. There is a longer section for the Missa Pro Defunctis which includes all the texts of the propers and the notated Dies Irae. The Libera Me and the extra Kyrie Eleison etc is not notated though, only the text appears.

There is a new section of chants for Communion when the Communion proper is not sung. These include Ego Sum Videte, Gustate et Videte, Hoc Corpus, Manducaverent, Panem de Caelo, Panis Quem Ego Dedero and Qui Manducate Carnem Meam. I am not really sure how useful the addition of these are. None of the pieces are particularly easy to sing for the average parish choir and couldn’t be picked up without rehearsal unlike singing a Communion hymn like the Adoro Te.

I would like to see the Simple Tone Te Deum added to the second edition (there is only the Solemn Tone which I think in America congregations are more used to singing. ) I think it would also be useful to have the Audi Benigne Conditor added for Lent. (The Vexilla Regis is there for Passiontide.)

Other than that it looks fantastic. I am hoping he doesn’t publish it too quickly; we have only owned our parish set of PBC since September . I can’t see our Parish Priest willingly forking out for another new set until these ones have all disappeared (books do  have a tendency to walk in our parish.)

Thanks to Jacques for letting me know about PBC v2


2 thoughts on “Parish Book of Chant – 2nd edition

  1. Richard Rice says:

    The proposed advantage of Communio chants ad libitum is that they can be used for most any Mass, so that learning one covers as many Masses as you can stand it. While these are not Propers in the true sense of specific and (usually) unique to a given Mass, they are from the Proper repertoire, and are specified in the modern Graduale (p. 391) to be used in place of the prescribed Communio. And as others have said, these little Communio chants are about the best introduction to Proper chants your choir is going to find.

  2. Clare says:

    Thanks Richard. I will have a go at teaching one of them for Lent for when we run out of time before Mass to rehearse the Communion proper.

    Incidentally, my diocese suggested ‘Taste and See’ as an appropriate Communion proper.

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