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The Gregorian Missal for Sundays, Notated in Gregorian Chant (English and Latin Edition) Hardcover – 1990
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The Gregorian Missal is intended for the faithful who participate in Mass sung in Gregorian chant. The Gregorian Missal contains all of the chants for Sunday Mass in Latin as well as the various prayers from the Mass in Latin and English. The missal also contains the ordinary of the Mass in Latin and English and all of the ordinary chants (Kyrie, Sanctus, etc.) for the Mass. Texts for various special masses (for the dead, for the pope, etc.) are also included. Does not include the Sunday Readings. This Missal is for the Novus Ordo Latin Mass, not the 1962 Tridentine Mass. Imprimatur: Georgius Gilson, Cenomanensis episcopus, November 16, 1989
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Anyone who does not have even basic Latin is going to think the language of the propers is plodding, vague, and boring; and that you wouldn't talk to anybody this way, least of all God. I had two years as a mediocre High School Latin student, but I find I can still translate the Latin better than the schlock I'm offered in this book.) Fortunately the Vatican ordered the ICEL "back to the drawing board", -- to translate the Mass propers into English truer to scripture's original meaning.
Meanwhile this is the book I must sing from until we get a more accurate translation. As a plainchant soloist, I'm grateful I'm only singing the Latin, --not the feeble "translations" which have the have the linguistic grace of a wheelbarrow with a flat tire. You can't say the translations don't matter: for the cantor or chantress must first understand the prayer to sing it with conviction and reverence.
This book is geared to facilitate the singing of Mass with Gregorian chant. The book contains the Order of Mass in Latin and English, with the chants for the responses, settings for the Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus-Benedictus, and Agnus Dei, and the chants for the Sundays and major Holy Days. The Latin texts of the chants are all set with Gregorian chant notation. However, there is no explanatory or devotional material included in the book. Scripture readings (and their lectionary cycles) are cited but not included.
Having the original Latin prayers side-by-side with the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) "translation" is alone worth the price of the book! Readers who can read Latin will be able to judge the ICEL's work for themselves.
ADDENDUM: I originally reviewed this book in 2001. The 1970's era ICEL translation was used for the Order of Mass contained in this book. I have recently received confirmation that Paraclete Press has issued a new edition with the current (2011), much improved, ICEL translation.
The Missal also includes the Order of the Mass. Included are English translations of the texts of the Chants.
The Gregorian Missal is perfect for anyone looking for a simple, easy to understand introduction to Chants for Mass. The price on Amazon is far cheaper than anywhere else. There is no need blowing hundreds of dollars on the Liber Usualis or Graduale Romanum unless you lead a schola. For the layman, Gregorian Missal is perfect.
While the Latin Mass can be an impressive experience even to someone without any Latin, the meaning is obviously much richer if you can understand what's being said and participate in the chants.
And, not unimportantly, the book itself is of very high quality, with sewn pages and sturdy covers: it will not be falling to pieces after one or two uses!
Highly recommended for devout Catholics.