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"Father Isaac Jogues was truly a martyr before God, rendering witness to Heaven and earth that he valued the Faith and the propagation of the gospel more highly than his own life, and losing it in the dangers into which, with full consciousness, he cast himself for Jesus Christ…" — Fr. Jerome Lalemant (writing in 1647)
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Much of the beauty of the older forms was lost and the hymns did not really become classical. We have reason to hope that the present reform of the breviary will also give us back the old form of the hymns. But meanwhile it seems necessary to keep the later text. This is the one best known, it is given in all hymnbooks and is still the only authorized form. Only in one case have we printed the older text of a hymn, number 57, “Urbs Jerusalem.” The modern form of this begins: “Caelestis urbs Jerusalem.” But in this case the people who changed it in the seventeenth century did not even keep its metre; so the later version cannot be sung to the old, exceedingly beautiful tune.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1913)

Sung Propers: Various Simple Settings In English
published 27 May 2013 by Corpus Christi Watershed

ILBERT K. CHESTERTON said famously, “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.” When it comes to the Sung Propers, we can say that, in general, they have not even been found, much less tried. But if they were to be found, they might be judged too difficult to begin immediately. Therefore, the following resources have been provided to assist choirmasters. During this demonstration, we shall consider the Introit from Pentecost (some documents refer to it as the “Entrance Chant”). As with the vast majority of the Mass Propers, this chant is very ancient. To see more versions, click here.

Here’s how the PENTECOST INTROIT looked around the year 970AD:

The official version of the PENTECOST INTROIT in our modern chant books can be found in the Gregorian Missal. The entire Gregorian Missal can be downloaded for free courtesy of the CMAA, but watch out because it’s a large download (26MB). By the way, here’s a website with video recordings and organ accompaniments for every chant in the Gregorian Missal.

1. Gregorian Missal

Here’s how the PENTECOST INTROIT looks in the Gregorian Missal:

2. Graduale Parvum

Is that version too difficult for you? One alternative might be the simplified version (in Latin & English) found in the Graduale Parvum, a book being created by Fr. Guy Nicholls at a new institute. The Graduale Parvum can be downloaded for free courtesy of the James MacMillan’s Blog.

Here’s how the PENTECOST INTROIT looks in the Graduale Parvum:

3. Simple English Propers

Another simplified version can be found in the Simple English Propers, published by the Church Music Association of America. The complete book can be downloaded for free courtesy of the CMAA, but be advised it’s a large download (11.3MB).

Here’s how the PENTECOST INTROIT looks in the Simple English Propers:

4. Arbogast Propers

Yet another simplified setting can be found in a 1964 collection by Fr. Paul Arbogast. His complete book can be downloaded for free courtesy of the CMAA. Be careful with this book, because the Propers don’t always perfectly match the Ordinary Form, since the Ordinary Form was not complete until 1969.

Here’s how the PENTECOST INTROIT looks in the Arbogast Propers:

5. Lalemant Propers

If you require the absolute simplest Mass Propers, try the musical settings in the Lalemant Propers. The entire book (391 pages) can be downloaded for free.

Here’s how the PENTECOST INTROIT looks in the Lalemant Propers:

We have examined simple musical settings of the Propers, mainly in English, but it should be noted that before the Second Vatican Council, many simplified versions were also done in Latin.