At the 5:15 PM Sunday Mass at Mary Star of the Sea in San Pedro, CA, the schola sings these Proper. Below are practice files.
These events are free of charge. Just sing.
When and where? Next dates:
Sunday December 8th at 3:30PM (3:30PM to 4:15PM, rehearsal of the Christmas Vigil proper – 4:15PM, rehearsal of the 5:15PM Mass. In the chapel of the convent, in the building East of the Church Mary Star of the Sea in San Pedro ). Prepare by downloading the music and singing-along the mp3 files at this link.
Gregorian chant is simple. Only two ingredients: breath (spiritus) and the Word (Logos). It can sound foreign to our modern ears used to metered beat and instruments. Once we “reconnect” with our breath, it is no longer foreign. It makes sense.
Need help with latin? Our advice is: pick a short phrase (ex: an Introit antiphon) and translate it word by word. How? There’s an app for that : S.P.Q.R. (click on link)
To help sight-read and sing Gregorian Notation, this App: Square Notes seems to have catalogued the whole Roman Gradual. Fantastic!!