Practice Active Participation and Chant

These events are free of charge. Just sing. A booklet is provided. If you choose to keep the booklet, we appreciate $10 to cover the cost. You can also download the booklet here Parish Book Chant – Soli Deo Gloria and print yourself.

When and where? Next dates:

Monday July 22nd at 7:00PM at Sts. Peter and Paul Church (515 W Opp st in Wilmington, CA – Ave Maria room )

Monday August 12th at 7:00PM at Sts. Peter and Paul Church (515 W Opp st in Wilmington, CA – Ave Maria room )

Monday August 19th at 7:00PM (John Paul II Polish Center, 3999 Rose drive in Yorba Linda)

Why? To learn about the Liturgical Movement and Reform, read here.

Monday August 26th at 7:00PM at Sts. Peter and Paul Church (515 W Opp st in Wilmington, CA – Ave Maria room )


Who? Anyone interested in bridging “Singing the Mass” as envisioned by the Church documents, with the “higher spheres”. Come from either side of the bridge given to us by Chant: Active Participation at Mass , or Music of the spheres. Beginners are most welcome!

What? See details here: Soli Deo Gloria Schola . You can come for one evening, or all evenings. Each practice start with the simplest chants and ends with the slightly-less-easy ones. You can miss one evening and re-join the following week.


The “Soli Deo Gloria” schola (=school) is an education ministry, not a “performing” group.
Our goal is to put into one room singers who have chant experience with those who have none, and to start chanting through the Roman Gradual. Then do it again. And again. Like the “Jesus Prayer”. Learn by doing.
At each rehearsal, we will follow the degrees of participation from the Church documents (identical in 1967 and 1958 Instructions): from fully congregational (responses, simple “ordinary” like Kyrie) to more advanced (Credos, Proper).
There is no pressure to “perform”. These chants have been sung in the Church for many centuries, and they’ll come again in the Liturgical calendar next year. Everyone can hone their voice before offering it to God. All can grow their chanting skills at their own pace.

About the Proper we will practice in June-July, download the music here:

7th Sunday after Pentecost (Tridentine): libUs-Pentecost 7th S

13th Sunday in Ordinary time (Novus Ordo): GM OT 13

then listen to :

Introit (sung on June 30th in the Ordinary Form, and on July 28th in the Extraordinary Form) :

Communion (sung on June 30th in the Ordinary Form, and on July 28th in the Extraordinary Form):

Below is translated from Yves Gire’s “L’année Gregorienne” (publisher: Dominique Martin Morin, 2000)

The proper of the 7th Sunday after Pentecost presents some rather unique characteristics. These antiphons do not appear in ancient Roman books, and their origin is likely Gallican. We are not here talking of the 17th century gallicanism when the Church in France was trying to gain independence from Rome, but of the liturgy of the Church of the Gauls anterior to the Carolingian era, when liturgical unity had not yet been effected, and there were still a Roman chant (ancestor of Gregorian chant), an Ambrosian chant (in Milan), a Beneventan chant, a Mozarabic chant, a Gallican chant, etc… It is only in the 8th century, under Pepin the Short and Charlemagne, that the Roman liturgy was adopted by all Western Christianity, incorporating however some Gallican elements, like the proper for this Sunday. (…)

The Introit, very short, and the Alleluia, very long have exactly the same text, which is very rare (the only other occurrence is at Christmas midnight Mass). The text is the first verse of Psalm 46 (47 USCCB) triumphal acclamation which accompanied the climbing of the Ark of the Alliance to the top of of Mount Zion, to thank the Lord for a great victory granted to His people. This psalm is already used in the proper for the Feast of the Ascension, when this climb was a prefiguration of Christ’s ascension to heaven. In this season after Pentecost, after the feelings expressed in the preceding Sundays: trust in God, surrender to His will, prayer for His protection, we find here another fundamentally Christian attitude, which we will also find next Sunday: the praise of God’s majesty and might, gratitude for His gifts.

Omnes gentes plaudite manibus : iubilate Deo in voce exsultationis. Ps. Quoniam Dominus excelsus (summus) terribilis : rex magnus super omnem terram.

All nations, clap your hands; shout unto God with a voice of joy. V. For the Lord is high and awesome; a great king over all the earth.

We will notice how this praise to God must be done both by the hands and the voice, meaning as much through our actions as through our words. ”

More questions? Email Hervé at

2 responses

  1. Laura Fernandez | Reply

    Thank you for this Herve. I will post on our email directory!

  2. […] Click Here for the TLM proper in coming Sundays. Also click for info about the schola rehearsal at Dean and Nancy’s in Brea on 6/4. […]

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