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Monday, 30 November 2015

Gregorian Chant. Available For Your Parish Choir. Now. Together With Free Downloads and Free Music Scores.

The following Article can be found in full at GREGORIAN CHANT HYMNS

"Adore Te Devote".
Available on YouTube at
and also available for a free download, together with its Score,

The Roman Catholic Church has a rich Tradition of Hymns, and other devotional Chants, that have been used for Centuries on Feast Days and at The Liturgy of The Hours (The Divine Office found in The Breviary). Many recent Hymnals retained a few Hymns (e.g., Adoro te Devote, Ave Maria) in either Latin or translated versions; therefore, some Hymns continue to be sung in The Liturgy. Many beautiful Hymns have gradually been forgotten, yet are sung in Monasteries and fondly remembered by older generations.

A renewed interest in Chant has been followed by an increase in teaching of Chant Hymns to Choirs and Congregations. Contributors to this Web-Site are Schola Directors, who are riding this wave of enthusiasm. We have benefited from, and are grateful to, others, who created Web-Sites with free music and audio downloads, especially for The Mass Ordinaries and Propers.

When teaching, we observed that Choristers were very interested in, and easily learned, Hymns, but we also noted a lack of easily-accessible free downloads. We also learned that recordings are a very effective way of teaching both Choristers and the Congregation.

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