Liber Brevior & Holy Week Gregorian Chant Combo

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Liber Brevior & Holy Week Gregorian Chant
Special Combo

Black hard-cover books, 7.5” x 4.87”, ribbon marker, rubrics in English


Get two great Gregorian Chant books with this special offer. This combo offers you the Liber Brevior and Liber Hebdomadae Sanctae Cantus Gregoriani (Holy Week Gregorian Chant) at a discounted rate.

This beautiful edition of the 1954 Liber Brevior includes the entire Kyriale, all the liturgical chant propers for all Sundays, Commons and Feasts, plus Sunday Compline and Vespers as well as the Requiem and Burial liturgies. Additional chants are included in honor of the Blessed Sacrament, the Virgin Mary and more. Special chants for the liturgical seasons are included as well. This excllent edition includes also a supplement with five Masses that were not included in the 1954 edition – St. Joseph the Worker, the Queenship of Mary, St. Pius X, the North American Martyrs & Our Lady of Guadalupe. And we updated the moveable feast chart that goes up to the year 2041.

A companion to the Gregorian Chant book, the Liber Brevior, the Liber Hebdomadae Sanctae Cantus Gregoriani, is your companion for Holy Week.

The most important week for any Catholic is Holy Week. During that time, the Church wants us to reflect upon one of the greatest mysteries of our faith: the passion and death of our Blessed Lord. The Church, over the centuries, has assembled some of the greatest prayers and ceremonies to commemorate this great act of love of Jesus. These prayers and ceremonies are all accompanied by beautiful psalm tones and sublime Gregorian chant that normally are only heard during that mournful week. The recently reprinted Liber Brevior was based on the original 1954 edition, and did not include the restored Pius XII Holy Week ceremonies and offices.

This Gregorian Chant Holy Week Book has been printed just for Holy Week, and includes all the chants and melodies for all the offices, ceremonies and Masses of that week. Indeed it can be argued it is difficult to restore the traditional sense of Holy Week on the parish level today, but this book will help bring back the sense of the sacred to that week, if properly implemented and used by those in charge conducting Holy Week services.

The new Gregorian Chant Holy Week Book was made by taking out those parts from the 1962 Liber Usualis that pertain to the entire week, beginning with the restored Palm Sunday ceremonies up to and including the Easter Vigil. Thus, parishes with those interested in doing the offices of the Sacred Triduum, for example, can find this book most valuable in singing those offices on the last 3 days of Holy Week. And all the other sung ceremonies can be found in this book as well. For choirs on the parish level, we believe this book of 251 pages is smaller, more useful and more affordable for Holy Week, than the larger and bulkier Liber Usualis.

Sewn bound hard cover makes this book durable for a long life. One ribbon marker was inserted in the book as a speedy reference locator. All the music is in Gregorian notation with the rubrics in English.

This edition of the Liber Brevior works perfectly for the celebration of the Extraordinary Form (1962 Missal) and will only miss a few proper settings for saints canonized between 1954 and 1962, such as St. Martin de Porres. For those parishes who celebrate the Holy Week services according to the 1962 Missale Romanum, using the 1954 edition of the Liber Brevior will require careful consultation with the Missal as there were some liturgical modifications in those years. Small choirs will be pleased to see that the Liber Brevior includes easier Psalm-tone settings for Graduals, Alleluias and Tracts in an appendix in the back of the book.

Unlike the Liber Usualis the Liber Brevior does not include the text of the Orations, Epistles and Gospels sung by the Priest at High Mass. Thus the Liber Brevior has fewer pages, a mere 800.

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