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Dale uses an Italian name on every possible occasion… […] In Dale, you do not bow to the celebrant, you “proceed to make the customary salutation”; you do not stand, you “retain a standing posture.” Everyone “observes” to do everything: you observe not to kneel, you observe to retain a kneeling posture. The MC does not tell a man to do a thing, he apprizes him that it should he performed. The celebrant “terminates” the creed; he genuflects in conjunction with the sacred ministers—then he observes to assume a standing posture in conjunction with them. The MC goes about apprizing and comporting himself till he observes to perform the customary salutation. The subdeacon imparts the Pax in the same manner as it was communicated to him. Everyone exhibits a grave deportment; Imagine anyone talking like this. Imagine anyone saying that you ought to exhibit a deportment.
— Fr Adrian Fortescue

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PDF Download • Vespers Organ Accompaniments
published 10 June 2019 by Jeff Ostrowski

80991 vespers NE OF THE MOST AWESOME things we do at my parish is Sunday Vespers. The whole congregation sings, alternating between Men & Women. It is beautiful beyond anything I could have imagined, although it took us a few months to get going. This would not be possible without the 465-page book I mentioned, created by Albert Bloomfield. The Magnificat changes each week, and I accompany Vespers on the organ. (Reminder: The men and women alternate, sitting on opposite sides of the congregation.) So, what scores do I use to accompany the (ever-changing) Magnificat antiphon & verse?

Well, you can see them if you wish (see below). You’ll notice the harmonies underneath the psalm tones are missing, because I like to improvise them.

These scores are very ugly—they are for private use only.

* *  (Magn. Ant. + Verse) • Epiphany

* *  (Magn. Ant. + Verse) • Holy Family

* *  (Magn. Ant. + Verse) • 2nd Sunday after Epiphany

* *  (Magn. Ant. + Verse) • 3rd Sunday after Epiphany

* *  (Magn. Ant. + Verse) • 4th Sunday after Epiphany

* *  (Magn. Ant. + Verse) • 5th Sunday after Epiphany

* *  (Magn. Ant. + Verse) • Septuagesima Sunday

* *  (Magn. Ant. + Verse) • Sexagesima Sunday

* *  (Magn. Ant. + Verse) • Quinquagesima Sunday

* *  (Magn. Ant. + Verse) • Low Sunday

* *  (Magn. Ant. + Verse) • 2nd Sunday after Easter

* *  (Magn. Ant. + Verse) • 3rd Sunday after Easter

* *  (Magn. Ant. + Verse) • 4th Sunday after Easter

* *  (Magn. Ant. + Verse) • 5th Sunday after Easter

* *  (Magn. Ant. + Verse) • Sunday after Ascension

* *  (Magn. Ant. + Verse) • Pentecost Sunday

* *  (Magn. Ant. + Verse) • Trinity Sunday

* *  (Magn. Ant. + Verse) • 4th Sunday after Pentecost

* *  (Magn. Ant. + Verse) • 5th Sunday after Pentecost

* *  (Magn. Ant. + Verse) • 6th Sunday after Pentecost

* *  (Magn. Ant. + Verse) • 7th Sunday after Pentecost

* *  (Magn. Ant. + Verse) • 8th Sunday after Pentecost

* *  (Magn. Ant. + Verse) • 9th Sunday after Pentecost

* *  (Magn. Ant. + Verse) • 10th Sunday after Pentecost

* *  (Magn. Ant. + Verse) • 12th Sunday after Pentecost

* *  (Magn. Ant. + Verse) • 13th Sunday after Pentecost

(Version for singers, since this Tone is difficult, can
also be printed for the 13th Sunday after Pentecost.
* *  (Magn. Ant. + Verse) • 14th Sunday after Pentecost

* *  (Magn. Ant. + Verse) • 15th Sunday after Pentecost

* *  (Magn. Ant. + Verse) • 17th Sunday after Pentecost

* *  (Magn. Ant. + Verse) • 18th Sunday after Pentecost

* *  (Magn. Ant. + Verse) • 19th Sunday after Pentecost


For some reason, I find it easier to improvise the harmonies for psalm tones, rather than read them.

If you have never done Vespers before, this xerox sheet is (perhaps) the best way to begin.