N INDISPENSABLE resource and gift to the Church is the comprehensive work of Rev. Samuel F. Weber O. S. B. In 2014 Ignatius Press published his Proper of the Mass. More recently, he has published additional volumes including Propers for Weekdays, Proper and Common for the Saints, and for Christian Initiation:
• Volume II: Proper of the Mass – Entrance, Offertory, and Communion Antiphons for Weekdays of the Temporal Cycle • Click here to download
• Volume III : Proper of the Mass – Entrance, Offertory, and Communion Antiphons for Proper Commons of Saints • Click here to download.
• Volume IV: Proper of the Mass – Entrance, Offertory, and Communion Antiphons for the Conferral of the Sacraments of Christian Initiation Click here to download.
MORE ASTONISHING is that they are available for FREE at Fr. Weber’s website: Sacred Music US. There is so much on this website that it is perhaps overwhelming at first. It is a treasure-trove!
In addition, he offers organ accompaniments. Although handwritten, they are clear and easy to read. This offers an opportunity for those not as familiar with chant notation to access the abundance Fr. Weber has offered. You may download the complete organ accompaniments (2,502 pages!) here.
These three volumes are especially useful for daily Mass. Often there are multiple options for each antiphon that range from Solemn to more simple, to a simple psalm tone. This too accommodates a range of abilities, rehearsal time, and preference. The antiphons possess sublime elegance that grace the Novus Ordo Mass with simple, yet proper reverence and solemnity. These are clearly rooted in the traditions of Gregorian Chant, as one will recognize myriad chant formulae.
While Fr. Weber’s work has become a staple at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and at St. John’s Seminary in Boston, this music is truly for every parish. He makes singing the propers at Mass easy to access both musically and financially.
While Fr. Weber is generous in offering free downloads, I find the hard volumes to be most useful and easier to navigate on a daily basis. Please support his extraordinary work!
Thank you, Fr. Weber!