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Eleven Communion Chants for Lent, Triduum and the Easter Season

Composer: Charles Thatcher
Format: Octavo
Voicing: SATB Choir; Cantor; Assembly
Instruments: Keyboard
Product: 005286
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Charles has translated the Communion antiphon texts from the Graduale Simplex and composed noble and inspiring music for this practical collection of seasonal Communion responses.  The four-part refrains are intelligently composed, lyrical, and within easy reach of your community.  The chanted verses are designed to be performed with cantor alone or, for variety, by the choir.
Topic:  Palm Sunday; Holy Thursday; Easter Vigil; Easter Sunday; Easter season; Ascension; Pentecost; Communion; Lent; Easter; Triduum
Liturgical Season:  Lent; Easter; Triduum; Pentecost
Scripture:  Psalm 5; Psalm 45; Psalm 27; Psalm 43; Psalm 116; Psalm 105; Psalm 16; Psalm 96; Psalm 110; Psalm 78
Rites and Devotion:  Communion
Eleven Communion Chants for Lent, Triduum, and Easter Season Listen
Listen, O Lord, to My Prayer; The Vision You Have Seen; The Lord Is My Light; I Will Go In to the Altar of God; Thy Will Be Done; I Will Lift Up the Cup of Salvation; Alleluia; You Will See Jesus in Galilee; Sing to the Lord; The Lord God Said to My Lord; The Spirit Who Proceeds from the Father
Performance Notes:  The singing of psalms with antiphons during the processions of the Mass is an ancient practice of the Church. Eleven Communion Chants for the Lent, Triduum and the Easter Season is a collection of simple English-language settings of antiphon and psalm texts from the Graduale Simplex.  The modal melodies can be sung easily by assemblies of all sizes, with abundant or limited musical resources, from SATB choir to a single cantor.  In addition, these chants may be sung with organ or keyboard accompaniment, or a cappella.

The chants are normally performed in the same manner as the responsorial psalm, with the assembly singing the antiphon after the cantor intonation, and after each verse of the psalm.  All of the psalm verses may be used, or verses may be selected at will.  In either case, the final verse should be the doxology, "Glory to the Father."  The psalm verses may be sung in a variety of ways, by cantor or choir, in unison or harmony.  Psalm verses of two or three lines of text might be alternated between a cantor or small group and the choir.

Some of the chants would be suitable for use in the Liturgy of the Hours, since many of the antiphons of the Graduale Simplex are also found in the Monastic Psalter, published by the monks of Solesmes.  In this case, the antiphon would be sung only at the beginning and end of the psalm.  The chants could also be sung as an anthem by choir alone.
Series Title:  Music for the Seasons
Hymn Tune:  Graduale Simplex
Size:  7x10
Length:  24 pages
Copyright:  Psalm texts from the New American Bible © 1991, Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, DC.  All rights reserved.  Used with permission.
Translation of antiphon text and music © 2008, World Library Publications. All rights reserved.
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