English chant for Holy Week from the Roman Missal

Available from mid-January 2013



The Importance of Singing

The Christian faithful who come together as one in expectation of the Lord’s coming are instructed by the Apostle Paul to sing together Psalms, hymns, and spiritual canticles (cf Col 3:16).

Singing is the sign of the heart’s joy (cf Acts 2:46). Thus St Augustine says rightly, ‘Singing is for one who loves’, and there is also an ancient proverb: ‘Whoever sings well prays twice over’.

Great importance should therefore be attached to the use of singing in the celebration of the Mass, with due consideration for the culture of peoples and abilities of each liturgical assembly.

However, in the choosing of the parts actually to be sung, preference is given to those that are of greater importance and especially to those which are to be sung by the Priest or the Deacon or a reader, with the people replying, or by the Priest and people together.

It has been both a privilege and a pleasure to record this CD of

music for what is the most important week of the church’s year and richest liturgically. The new English edition of the Missale Romanum encourages the liturgy to be sung and there are settings of several translated chants to be found in the Appendix to the Holy Week Missal published by the Catholic Truth Society.

Included are the Gospels for Palm Sunday, Collects and Presidential Prayers, sung to solemn tone and both the shorter and longer form of the Easter Proclamation (Exsultet). Several Prefaces have been included.

Unfortunately, it has not been possible to fit the Eucharistic Prayers on to this CD; but these may be found on the double CD And with your spirit, produced by The Music Makers and widely available.

It is hoped that this CD will act as an aid to all those wishing to sing the liturgy at this time, both clergy and laity alike.

Jeremy de Satgé
The Music Makers
December 2012

Track List with page references to the
Holy Week Missal

Palm Sunday
[1] Hosanna to the Son of David (p10);
[2] Gospel Year A (p12);
[3] Gospel Year B (p13);
[4] Gospel Year B alternative (p14);
[5] Gospel Year C (p14);
[6] Beginning of Procession: Invitation to Process (p16);
[7] Glory and honour and praise (p244);
[8] Collect (p22);
[9] Prayer over the Offerings (p30);
[10] Preface: The Passion of the Lord (p23);
[11] Prayer after Communion (p25);
[12] Prayer over the People (p25).

Thursday of the Lord’s Supper - at the Evening Mass
[13] Collect (p43);
[14] Where true charity Ubi caritas (p245);
[15] Prayer over the Offerings (p47);
[16] Preface: The Sacrifice and the Sacrament of Christ (p48);
[17] Prayer after Communion (p56).

Friday of the Passion of the Lord
The Celebration of the Passion of the Lord
[18] Solemn Intercessions I (p60);
[19] Solemn Intercessions II (p62);
[20] Solemn Intercessions III (p63);
[21] Solemn Intercessions IV (p64);
[22] Solemn Intercessions V (p66);
[23] Solemn Intercessions VI (p67);
[24] Solemn Intercessions VII (p68);
[25] Solemn Intercessions VIII (p69);
[26] Solemn Intercessions IX (p70);
[27] Solemn Intercessions X (p72);
[28] The Showing of the Holy Cross (p74);
[29] Faithful Cross Crux fidelis (p246);
[30] Prayer after Communion (p85);
[31] Blessing (p85).

Easter Sunday - The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night
[32] Lucernarium (p92);
[33] Easter Proclamation - longer version (p94);
[34] Easter Proclamation - shorter version (p102);
[35] Gloria - intonation only (p115);
[36] Easter Alleluia (p115);
[37] Baptismal Liturgy (p116);
[38] Litany of Saints (p118);
[39] Blessing of Baptismal Water (p120);
[40] The Blessing of Water (p126);
[41] Vidi aquam - Latin (p132);
[42] Vidi aquam - English (p132);
[43] Prayer over the Offerings (p133);
[44] Preface I of Easter (p164);
[45] Prayer after Communion (p134);
[46] Solemn Blessing (p134);
[47] Easter Dismissal (p135).

Easter Sunday - At the Mass during the Day
[48] Collect (p136);
[49] Prayer over the Offerings (p136);
[50] Prayer After Communion (p137).

Extra Prayers
[51] Preface II of the Passion of the Lord (p162).

The CD costs £14.95 per copy and is available from St Pauls Bookshops, Catholic Truth Society, Redemptorist Publications, Pauline Books & Media and other retailers or by direct mail order from The Music Makers.

For direct mail order please send a cheque made payable to "The Music Makers" for £16.00 (including P&P), together with contact details to:

The Music Makers
41 Sansom Street
London SE5 7RD

For overseas orders please send £17.00 to include postage.

Payment may be made by credit/debit card by telephoning  +44 (0)20 7207 5501

Other CD Notes

Founded in 1996 by three Catholic composers and musicians, The Music Makers is a liturgical music publisher.

TMM’s aim is to add to the repertoire of quality church music by publishing new music that upholds the tradition of the Church (stemming from the Gregorian and polyphonic traditions), whilst keeping firmly in line with the guidelines of Vatican II and subsequent documents. It is also TMM’s objective to produce music which is accessible to both amateur and professional choirs and, in so doing, also support the continued use of the Church’s traditional music, plainsong.

In addition to publishing music, The Music Makers has gained a fine reputation for producing compact discs, which are aimed at particular areas of devotion and many of which are designed to help priests, choirs and congregations sing the liturgy more effectively. In 2011 TMM was delighted to help support the new translation of the Roman Missal by producing a double CD, And with your spirit, and now this further CD concentrating on the music of the new Missal for Holy Week and Easter Day.







Recorded April 2011 and December 2012, London
Sung by Jeremy de Satgé with Patrizia Kwella
Produced by The Music Makers
Recorded and mixed by Colour Blind