Saturday, November 03, 2018

A New English Gradual for the Ordinariate

We are very glad to hear that a new English-language Gradual, created specifically (but not exclusively) for the use of the Ordinariate, The Saint Peter Gradual: The Chants of the Mass for Sundays, Solemnities, and Feasts, has recently become available from Newman House Press. This is a resource which English-speaking Catholics may also use to enhance celebrations of the Mass in the Ordinary Form; choir directors would do well to use such chants wherever possible, since they define the distinct character of each Mass. It has been edited by a priest of the Ordinariate, Fr Carl Reid, adapting The English Gradual edited by Francis Burgess.

The Gradual uses hieratic English (Prayer Book English), that elevated form of English that is most familiar to Catholics when they pray the Our Father, the Hail Mary, the Glory Be (Lesser Doxology) and the Hail Holy Queen. It employs modern notation, which certainly aids accessibility for most contemporary readers. Its size and weight makes it entirely manageable in the hand, and the printing is easily readable. Readability is further aided by the tone or hue of the paper.

If someone is planning to order 10 or more copies, the price drops from $25 US to $15 US per copy (40% discount). Please see this link at Newman House Press for to order: Our thanks to Mr Wendell Clayton for sharing this information with us.

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