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Why do we never sing “De Spiritu Sancto” (St. Athenogenes) in our churches? There are a dozen translations in English verse. Where could anyone find a better evening hymn than this, coming right down from the catacombs? Our hymnbooks know nothing of such a treasure as this, and give us pages of poor sentiment in doggerel lines by some tenth-rate modern versifier.
— Rev’d Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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Laudate Dominum Communion Antiphons
published 28 May 2014 by Andrew R. Motyka

414 Communion Antiphon N THE GRAND Corpus Christi Watershed tradition of offering free musical resources for the liturgy, composer Andrew Motyka offers free English settings of the Communion Antiphons, based on the texts in the Roman Gradual.

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1st Sunday of Advent

Dominus dabit:  PDF   •   MP3

2nd Sunday of Advent

Ierusalem, surge:  PDF   •   MP3

3rd Sunday of Advent

Dicite: Pusillanimes:  PDF   •   MP3

4th Sunday of Advent

Ecce Virgo:  PDF   •   MP3

24 December — (VIGIL) Christmas

Revelabitur:  PDF   •   MP3

25 December — Christmas Midnight Mass

In splendoribus:  PDF   •   MP3

25 December — Christmas Mass at Dawn

Exsulta, filia Sion:  PDF   •   MP3

25 December — Christmas Daytime Mass

Viderunt omnes:  PDF   •   MP3

Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

PDF:  (A) 'Tolle puerum’   •   (B & C) 'Fili, quid fecisti’
MP3:   (A) 'Tolle puerum’   •   (B & C) 'Fili, quid fecisti’

1 January — Mary, Mother of God

Exsulta, filia Sion:  PDF   •   MP3

Epiphany of the Lord

Vidimus stellam:  PDF   •   MP3

Baptism of the Lord

Omnes qui in Christo:  PDF   •   MP3

Ash Wednesday

Qui meditabitur:  PDF   •   MP3

1st Sunday of Lent

Scapulis suis:  PDF   •   MP3

2nd Sunday of Lent

Visionem:  PDF   •   MP3

3rd Sunday of Lent

PDF:  (A) 'Qui biberit (VII)’   •   (B & C) 'Passer invenit’
MP3:  (A) 'Qui biberit (VII)’   •   (B & C) 'Passer invenit’

4th Sunday of Lent

PDF:  (A) 'Lutum fecit’   •   (B) 'Ierusalem, quae aedificatur’   •   (C) 'Oportet te’
MP3:  (A) 'Lutum fecit’   •   (B) 'Ierusalem, quae aedificatur’   •   (C) 'Oportet te’

5th Sunday of Lent

PDF:  (A) 'Videns Dominus’   •   (B) 'Qui mihi ministrat’   •   (C) 'Nemo te condemnavit’
MP3:  (A) 'Videns Dominus’   •   (B) 'Qui mihi ministrat’   •   (C) 'Nemo te condemnavit’

Passion (Palm) Sunday

Pater, si non potest:  PDF   •   MP3

Holy Thursday Chrism Mass

Dilexisti iustitiam:  PDF   •   MP3

Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Hoc corpus:  PDF   •   MP3

Good Friday

Diviserunt sibi:  PDF   •   MP3

Holy Saturday Night (Easter Vigil)

Pascha nostrum / Alleluia:  PDF   •   MP3

Easter Sunday

Pascha nostrum:  PDF   •   MP3

2nd Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy)

Mitte manum:  PDF   •   MP3

3rd Sunday of Easter

PDF:  (A) 'Surrexit Dominus’   •   (B) 'Cantate Domino’   •   (C) 'Simon Ioannis’
MP3:  (A) 'Surrexit Dominus’   •   (B) 'Cantate Domino’   •   (C) 'Simon Ioannis’

4th Sunday of Easter

Ego sum pastor:  PDF   •   MP3

5th Sunday of Easter

PDF:  (A) 'Tanto tempore’   •   (B & C) 'Ego sum vitis’
MP3:  (A) 'Tanto tempore’   •   (B & C) 'Ego sum vitis’

6th Sunday of Easter

PDF:  (A) 'Non vos relinquam’   •   (B) 'Ego vos elegi’   •   (C) 'Spiritus Sanctus’
MP3:  (A) 'Non vos relinquam’   •   (B) 'Ego vos elegi’   •   (C) 'Spiritus Sanctus’

Ascension of the Lord

PDF:  (A) 'Data est mihi’   •   (B) 'Signa’   •   (C) 'Psallite Domino’
MP3:  (A) 'Data est mihi’   •   (B) 'Signa’   •   (C) 'Psallite Domino’

7th Sunday of Easter

Pater, cum essem:  PDF   •   MP3

(VIGIL) Pentecost

Ultimo festivitatis:  PDF   •   MP3

Pentecost Sunday

Factus est repente:  PDF   •   MP3

Trinity Sunday

PDF:  (A & C) 'Benedicimus Deum’   •   (B) 'Data est mihi’
MP3:  (A & C) 'Benedicimus Deum’   •   (B) 'Data est mihi’

Corpus Christi Sunday

PDF:  (A & B) 'Qui manducat’   •   (C) 'Hoc corpus’
MP3:  (A & B) 'Qui manducat’   •   (C) 'Hoc corpus’

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

PDF:  (A) 'Laetabimur in salutari tuo’   •   (B) 'Dicit Andreas’   •   (C) 'Dicit Dominus’
MP3:  (A) 'Laetabimur in salutari tuo’   •   (B) 'Dicit Andreas’   •   (C) 'Dicit Dominus’

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

PDF:  (A & B) 'Venite post me’   •   (C) 'Comedite pinguia’
MP3:  (A & B) 'Venite post me’   •   (C) 'Comedite pinguia’

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

PDF:  (A) 'Beati mundo corde’   •   (B & C) 'Illumina’
MP3:  (A) 'Beati mundo corde’   •   (B & C) 'Illumina’

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

PDF:  (A & C) 'Introibo’   •   (B) 'Multitudo’
MP3:  (A & C) 'Introibo’   •   (B) 'Multitudo’

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Manducaverunt:  PDF   •   MP3

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Narrabo:  PDF   •   MP3

8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

PDF:  (A) 'Primum quaerite’   •   (B & C) 'Cantabo Domino’
MP3:  (A) 'Primum quaerite’   •   (B & C) 'Cantabo Domino’

9th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ego clamavi:  PDF   •   MP3

10th Sunday in Ordinary Time

PDF:  (A & C) 'Dominus firmamentum’   •   (B) 'Quicumque fecerit’
MP3:  (A & C) 'Dominus firmamentum’   •   (B) 'Quicumque fecerit’

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Unam petii:  PDF   •   MP3

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

PDF:  (A) 'Quod dico vobis’   •   (B) 'Circuibo’   •   (C) 'Qui vult venire’
MP3:  (A) 'Quod dico vobis’   •   (B) 'Circuibo’   •   (C) 'Qui vult venire’

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

PDF:  (A) 'Christus resurgens’   •   (B & C) 'Inclina aurem tuam’
MP3:  (A) 'Christus resurgens’   •   (B & C) 'Inclina aurem tuam’

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gustate et videte:  PDF   •   MP3

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Passer invenit:  PDF   •   MP3

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

PDF:  (A & B) 'Acceptabis’   •   (C) 'Optimam partem’
MP3:  (A & B) 'Acceptabis’   •   (C) 'Optimam partem’

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

PDF:  (A) 'Simile est’   •   (B) 'Honora Dominum’   •   (C) 'Petite’
MP3:  (A) 'Simile est’   •   (B) 'Honora Dominum’   •   (C) 'Petite’

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Panem de caelo:  PDF   •   MP3

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

PDF:  (A & B) 'Panis’   •   (C) 'Beatus servus’
MP3:  (A & B) 'Panis’   •   (C) 'Beatus servus’

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

PDF:  (A) 'Domus mea’   •   (B) 'Qui manducat’   •   (C) 'Primum quaerite’
MP3:  (A) 'Domus mea’   •   (B) 'Qui manducat’   •   (C) 'Primum quaerite’

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

De fructu:  PDF   •   MP3

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

PDF:  (A) 'Qui vult venire’   •   (B & C) 'Domine memorabor’
MP3:  (A) 'Qui vult venire’   •   (B & C) 'Domine memorabor’

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Vovete:  PDF   •   MP3

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

PDF:  (A) 'Tollite hostias’   •   (B) 'Qui vult venire’   •   (C) 'Dico vobis: guadium’
MP3:  (A) 'Tollite hostias’   •   (B) 'Qui vult venire’   •   (C) 'Dico vobis: guadium’

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Tu mandasti:  PDF   •   MP3

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Memento:  PDF   •   MP3

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

In salutari tuo:  PDF   •   MP3

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Aufer a me:  PDF   •   MP3

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Domine, Dominus:  PDF   •   MP3

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Laetabimur in salutari tuo:  PDF   •   MP3

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Notas:  PDF   •   MP3

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

PDF:  (A) 'Quinque prudentes’   •   (B & C) 'Dominus regit me’
MP3:  (A) 'Quinque prudentes’   •   (B & C) 'Dominus regit me’

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

PDF:  (A) 'Domine, quinque’   •   (B & C) 'Amen: quidquid’
MP3:  (A) 'Domine, quinque’   •   (B & C) 'Amen: quidquid’

34th Sunday ― Solemnity of Christ the King

PDF:  (A) 'Amen: quod uni’   •   (B & C) 'Sedebit Dominus’
MP3:  (A) 'Amen: quod uni’   •   (B & C) 'Sedebit Dominus’

2 February ― Presentation of the Lord

Responsum:  PDF   •   MP3

23 June ― (VIGIL) Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Magna est:  PDF   •   MP3

24 June ― Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Tu, puer:  PDF   •   MP3

28 June ― (VIGIL) Sts. Peter & Paul

Simon Ioannis:  PDF   •   MP3

29 June ― Sts. Peter & Paul

Tu es Petrus:  PDF   •   MP3

6 August ― Transfiguration of the Lord

Visionem:  PDF   •   MP3

14 August ― (VIGIL) Our Lady’s Assumption

Beata viscera:  PDF   •   MP3

15 August ― Our Lady’s Assumption

Beatam me dicent:  PDF   •   MP3

14 September ― Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Per signum Crucis:  PDF   •   MP3

1 November ― All Saints

Beati mundo corde:  PDF   •   MP3

2 November ― All Souls’ Day

Lux aeterna:  PDF   •   MP3

9 November ― Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

Ierusalem, quae aedificatur:  PDF   •   MP3

8 December ― Immaculate Conception

Gloriosa:  PDF   •   MP3

Funeral (Requiem Mass)

Lux aeterna:  PDF   •   MP3

Wedding (Nuptial Mass)

Primum quaerite:  PDF   •   MP3


HESE ANTIPHONS ARE EACH composed in the same Gregorian mode as their Roman Gradual counterpart. For this reason they can be used either in the place of or in conjunction with the Gregorian Communios. By beginning and ending Communion with the Gregorian antiphon, and using these musical settings for the procession, it is possible to use both the first preference for the processional music, as well as fulfilling the GIRM’s suggestion that music during the procession be sung by all.

The antiphons themselves are short, sometimes abridged settings of the gradual Communios. Each includes organ accompaniment and the full text of the verses laid out in the gradual. The verses are set to the Saint Meinrad modal psalm tones, from Saint Meinrad Archabbey in Indiana. They are quite easy to navigate. Each tone has four phrases, making four-phrase verses straightforward. For verses with fewer phrases, simply omit the third phrase for three-phrase verses, and omit both the second and third for two-phrase verses.

In addition to the scores, every one of these antiphons has a practice recording to help cantors learn the responses and verses.

Ever since I first discovered the Chabanel Psalms, I knew that the internet would be a huge boon for those seeking to improve liturgical music in their parishes. I hope these settings are helpful to you in the move toward more sacred music in the liturgy.


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Laudate Dominum Communion Antiphons by Andrew R. Motyka is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

The Creative Commons license means that you can download, print, share, and use these antiphons for free, as long as they are properly attributed. They may be used as the basis of other musical works as long as those works are shared in the Creative Commons as well. The only use for which permission is required is if they are to be used commercially, i.e., sold.