Common of Saints

One of the difficult questions regarding the compilation of a new Graduale O.P. is how to deal with the Common of Saints. There seem to be three main approaches:

  1. To follow the order listed in the Graduale Romanum
  2. To follow the order listed in the Proprium Missale OP
  3. To follow the order listed in the old Dominican Graduale

Each has advantages and disadvantages. For now, I’ve experimented with compiling the introit/officium and communio chants from the Proprium Missale OP list. Here is a booklet containing the chants. The chants have not yet been fully edited in light of the manuscripts.

This booklet contains the following chants:

Common of Apostles
Mihi autem (officum)
Vos qui secuti … tribus Israel (communio)

Common of Martyrs
Sapientiam sanctorum (officum)
Redime me Deus (communio)

Common of Pastors
Omnes gentes (officum)
Revelabitur (communio)

Common of Virgins
Tibi dixit cor meum (officum)
Passer invenit (communio)

Common of Holy Men and Women
Dominus secus mare (officum)
Primum quærite (communio)


Chants for the 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Here is a booklet of the chants for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Officium: Si iniquitates
Responsorium: Ecce quam bonum
Alleluia: Qui timent Dominum
Offertorium: Recordare mei
Communio: Aufer a me

This set does not include the Year A Gradual/Responsory Si ambulem.

The Suarez Gradual gives a very faithful reading of these chants in comparison with the manuscripts. Some further editorial work is needed for the rhythm on the Responsory, Alleluia, and Offertory, but the notes and flats are all correct.

Introducing the Graduale O.P. project

The Graduale O.P. project is aimed at producing a new edition of the Graduale drawing on Dominican chant sources and arranging them for use in the contemporary Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite. I will periodically post PDFs of drafts of chants.

I principally draw on four sources:

  • Rome, Santa Sabina XIV L1, Graduale (fols. 323–369)
  • London, British Library add. ms. 23935 (fols. 378–443)
  • Graduale juxta ritum sacri Ordinis Prædicatorum auctoritate apostolica approbatum reverendissimi in Christo patris fratris Emmanuelis Suarez ejusdem ordinis generalis magistri permissu editum (Romæ: Ad S. Sabinæ, 1950).
  • Graduale sacrosanctæ Romanæ Ecclesiæ de Tempore et de Sanctis SS. D. N. Pii X. Pontificis Maximi jussu restitutum et editum (Romæ: Typis Vaticanis, 1908)

My starting point for each chant is the GABC transcription of the 1950 Suarez Gradual done by Andrew Hinkley, available at GregoBase. I then compare each chant with the two 13th century Dominican manuscripts and make adjustments accordingly. I have freely adjusted the bar lines, recognizing that the editorial choices of the Suarez Gradual are not entirely consistent and that the meaning of the barlines in the manuscript sources remains elusive. I welcome feedback and criticisms of my editorial choices.

It should be noted that although the Suarez Gradual is fundamentally based on Santa Sabina XIV L1, it is occasionally quite different in melody and text than the manuscript.

For chants that are not found in the Dominican tradition but that are assigned in the contemporary Graduale Romanum, I take them from the 1908 Graduale Romanum, also using the GABC transcriptions of Andrew Hinkley available at GregoBase. This is a convenient source because it lacks the rhythmic signs of Solesmes and is thus closer to the rhythmic conventions used in the Suarez Gradual. I make some adjustments to the rhythmic signs of the Graduale Romanum, particularly changing the Roman quarter bars to Dominican quarter bars.

In all cases, I try to standardize the typography of the chants by using “i” instead of “j” and using “æ” instead of “ae”, in addition to using lower-case letters for the opening words of chants.

The GABC and TeX sources for my project are available on GitHub.

All of these editions are works in progress, and I welcome any feedback or comments.

Image: Rome, Santa Sabina XIV L1, fol. 323v.