The Saint John’s Gradual

A new collection of plainchant in English is now available, in the Saint John’s Gradual edited by Rev. Steven Lewis of the Diocese of Rochester.  The collection is named for St. John’s Seminary in Boston, where he studied, and it is available for download from the Seminary’s website, complete with ecclesiastical approbation by Cardinal O’Malley.

This collection provides simple, singable English versions of the graduals, tracts, and alleluias, so it serves as a complement to works such as Simple English Propers by Adam Bartlett or Fr. Samuel Weber’s The Proper of the Mass, which provide settings of entrance, offertory, and communion chants.  The texts come from various liturgical books and chant editions.

Congratulations to Fr. Lewis on this accomplishment!


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