Posted by james0235 on March 8, 2008
A couple of weeks ago I provided some quotes from various Church documents on Gregorian Chant. One in particular really struck me:
Each worshiping community in the United States, including all age groups and all ethnic groups, should, at a minimum, learn Kyrie XVI, Sanctus XVIII, and Agnus Dei XVIII, all of which are typically included in congregational worship aids. More difficult chants, such as Gloria VIII and settings of the Credo and Pater Noster, might be learned after the easier chants have been mastered. (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Sing to the Lord 75)
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has actually singled out 3 particular chants that we should all know “at a minimum”. It only took a couple of short minutes to find these chants available as free mp3 files. They are found on the website of the Church Music Association of America. And they have a lot more Gregorian chant mp3 files as well.