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The soul is distracted from that which is sung by a chant that is employed for the purpose of giving pleasure. But if the singer chant for the sake of devotion, he pays more attention to what he says, both because he lingers more thereon, and because, as Augustine remarks (Confess. x, 33), “each affection of our spirit, according to its variety, has its own appropriate measure in the voice, and singing, by some hidden correspondence wherewith it is stirred.” The same applies to the hearers, for even if some of them understand not what is sung, yet they understand why it is sung, namely, for God's glory: and this is enough to arouse their devotion.
— St. Thomas Aquinas
PDF Download • (2,292 Pages) Choral Music in Latin & English by Richard Rice
published 10 July 2017 by Corpus Christi Watershed

OMPOSER RICHARD RICE, editor of the famous Parish Book of Chant, has just made a stunning announcement. Starting today, 2,292 pages of his sacred choral music can be downloaded for free:

    * *  Free Downloads • 2,292 pages of Sacred Music by Richard Rice

The vast majority are in English!   (Some are in Latin.)

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As far as we can tell, many of these works—for example the Marian antiphon book and the choral Mass settings—have never been available to the public before now.