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Latin Mass Homeschool Family

Latin Mass Homeschool Family

By Veronica Brandt
Learning Latin and Gregorian Chant to Save the World! Each episode features underorganized attempts to address the amazing Gregorian chant deficiencies prevalent in the world today. Do you suffer from Eucharistic Cardio Insufficiency? Try kick-starting your prayer-life with the secret weapon of the monastic movement. We can help you reach your Choral Office goals. Find out more about us :
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The Invitatory from Matins of the Office of the Dead
I stayed up late recording Matins, all three nocturns, nearly two hours of audio. Here's the first part - the Invitatory - Psalm 94. My impression is that the monks would often run late for Matins as getting up in the middle of the night is a herculean task. So, to give them a little 5 minute grace period, they would always start with Psalm 94, which is kind of a combination of "Come, let us adore Him" and "God's been really patient with us, this is the least we can do to thank Him". I'm happy to hear if you have any other views on the role of the Invitatory. In the modern day Liturgy of the Hours, the Invitatory has become an independent piece to be sung at the beginning of whatever hour you say first in a day. You notice the short antiphon is repeated between each stanza. The cantor would lead with the antiphon, then everyone would repeat it (that's why I sing it twice at the beginning), then the cantor sing the verses and every join in on the antiphons. The Liber and other books only give the first few notes of the Antiphon to start you off, but to make this really easy, I've pasted the full music on the screen, so I hope I hear you singing along with me! YouTube and Rumble
October 19, 2021
Officium Defunctorum Ad Sextam
The Midday Hour from the Office of the Dead. Off topic, but you may have come across mention of the noon-day devil in the Psalm for Sunday Compline - which has been linked with Acedia which is maybe something like depression or sloth. Midday can be a struggle sometimes - that feeling of wanting to quit, so much struggle before us. Psalms are great for bringing us back to trusting in God. Acknowledging life is not heaven. Heaven is on the other side. For more information plus downloadable booklets see my website:
September 28, 2021
Office of the Dead: Vespers
Continuing with the Office of the Dead. I'm collecting all the supporting material at my website: The video is available on Rumble and YouTube
September 15, 2021
Office of the Dead: Lauds
Continuing with the Office of the Dead. I'm collecting all the supporting material at my website: Video version available on Rumble and YouTube
September 15, 2021
Lauds from the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary sung in Latin
Oops, I meant to upload this one to my other podcast: The video is on YouTube and Rumble. More information on my work on the Little Office at
September 07, 2021
Office of the Dead: Compline
Just Compline - or Completorium if you like everything in Latin, which I do. This is the Night Prayer for All Souls Day, which can also be prayed any day for releasing souls from Purgatory. You can download your copy of the booklet at The Video is on Rumble and Youtube:
September 03, 2021
Office of the Dead: Prime
Prime - Prima means the first, so this is the first hour of the day from sunrise. This includes the Martyrology for Saturday 4th September 2021, which is recited the day before, ie Friday 3rd September. In the booklet I mention my Roman Martyrology webpage - which is what I usually use, but that only gives the English. If you would like to chant the Latin as I do in this video, you will need either a proper hard copy, or you can refer to where you can find the anticipated Martyrology each day under Roman Prime. As I understand it, the Vatican released an updated copy of the Roman Martyrology in 2003. I don't have a copy of that one, so I use a much older version which is in the Public Domain. You can download your copy of the booklet from
September 03, 2021
Two chants from 8th Sunday after Pentecost
You might watch the corresponding Mass on a Livestream Mass this Sunday. I can recommend Parramatta FSSP on YouTube or Maternal Heart of Mary on Facebook.
July 17, 2021
Flos Carmeli - St Simon's hymn to Our Lady
Here's the link I mentioned: This piece didn't make it into A New Book of Old Hymns because I hadn't heard of it back then. I recorded this on my phone - it could be a quick way to produce podcasts if this works. My plan to release a new recording each day fell off the rails while I updated my webpage I'm pretty happy with it now and have turned to updating Revisiting these old projects has impressed me with how much disjointed stuff I have done. Hopefully I can try bringing some ideas together again as I did with the Little Office course. Happy feast day of Our Lady of Mt Carmel and St Simon Stock. Remember to kiss your scapular.
July 16, 2021
Litany of Our Lady - Gregorian chant - 2nd tune from the Liber Usualis
From the frustrating end of a frustrating day in Greater Sydney's second lockdown. Continuing this struggle to upload a new recording for A New Book of Old Hymns each day. Also, as someone asked us to pray this Litany everyday for a special intention. Includes Pope Francis' recent additions. We mix traddy and up to date here.
July 10, 2021
Te Deum - simple tone - with preschool assistance
So, I didn't quite keep up my effort to make a new recording from A New Book of Old Hymns everyday. Here's an old recording which I haven't added to this podcast before, though you can see it : on Youtube on Rumble on Odysee My daughter is being very cheeky here. I apologize for the distraction. I hope it helps to show the Te Deum as a more accessible song for everyone to learn. I'm still hoping everyone learns all these classic Gregorian Chant pieces, so that my work will be redundant soon. Also, I mention my Little Office course which you can find at
July 09, 2021
Conditor Alme Siderum
Conditor Alme Siderum - the older cousin of Creator Alme Siderum. Vespers Hymn for the season of Advent. Second installment of my challenge to record all the music in A New Book of Old Hymns, one day at a time. More about the hymnbook at
July 08, 2021
Oremus pro Pontifice nostro Francisco
The first piece in my hymnbook A New Book of Old Hymns Oremus pro Pontifice nostro Francisco. Dominus conservet eum, et vivificet eum,  et beatam faciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in animam inimicorum ejus.   Let us pray for our Pope Francis. May the Lord preserve him and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies. Let's see if I can make short recordings of all the music - this time without the chatter.
July 07, 2021
Little Office BVM - Matins & Lauds - Monday outside any seasons
Matins and Lauds from the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Latin. My pdf booklets and more info at
July 06, 2021
Puer Natus: Hymn of the Week
1. Puer natus in Bethlehem, Unde gaudet Jerusalem, Alleluia. In cordis jubilo Christum natum adoremus cum novo cantico. 2. Assumpsit carnem Filius Dei Patris altissimi, Alleluia. 3. Per Gabrielem nuntium Virgo concepit Filium, Alleluia. 4. Tanquam sponsus de thalamo Processit matris utero, Alleluia. 5. Hic iacet in præsepio Qui regnat sine termino, Alleluia. 6. Et angelus pastoribus Revelat quod sit Dominus, Alleluia. 7. Reges de Saba veniunt, Aurum, thus, myrrham offerunt, Alleluia. 8. Intrantes domum invicem Novum salutant Principem, Alleluia. 9. In hoc natali gaudio Benedicamus Domino, Alleluia. 10. Laudetur sancta Trinitas, Deo dicamus gratias, Alleluia.
December 04, 2020
Adeste Fideles: Hymn of the Week from A New Book of Old Hymns
Here is the hymn's page. Adeste Fideles could be the most widely recorded piece from the Liber Usualis. Here I sing the chant version from the 1956 Liber Usualis as well as the more conventional melody from A New Book of Old Hymns. Plus a little organ intro.
November 26, 2020
Gaudete - Hymn of the Week from A New Book of Old Hymns
A favourite Medieval Christmas Carol which you can install in your own family with our step by step guide! Gaudete, gaudete, Christus est natus Ex Maria Virgine, gaudete Tempus adest gratiae Hoc quod optabamus Carmina laetitiae Devote redamus Deus homo factus est Natura mirante Mundus renovatus est A Christo regnante Ezechielis porta Clausa pertransitur Unde lux est orta Salus invenitur Ergo nostra contio Psallat iam in lustro Benedicat Domino Salus Regi nostro or in English: Rejoice, Rejoice! Christ is born of the Virgin Mary! Rejoice! The time of grace has come for which we have prayed. Let us devoutly sing songs of joy! God is made man, while nature wonders. The world is renewed by Christ the King. The closed gate of Ezekiel has been passed through. Whence the light has risen, salvation is found. Therefore let our assembly sing praises at this time of purification. Let us bless the Lord! Greetings to our King! Other much more polished recordings which you might enjoy:   Prima Luce    Steeleye Span + Maddy Prior  Libera   And the Holly decorations for the thumbnail are from ElisaRiva at Pixabay 
November 19, 2020
Alma Redemptoris: Hymn of the Week, A New Book of Old Hymns
Sing something especially beautiful for Mary this Advent/Christmas!  Alma Redemptóris Mater, quæ pérvia cæli Porta manes, et stella maris, succúrre cadénti, Súrgere qui curat pópulo: tu quæ genuísti, Natúra miránte, tuum sanctum Genitórem Virgo prius ac postérius, Gabriélis ab ore Sumens illud Ave, peccatórum miserére.  or in English  Loving Mother of the Redeemer, who remains the accessible Gateway of Heaven, and Star of the Sea, Give aid to a falling people that strives to rise; O Thou who begot thy holy Creator, while all nature marvelled, Virgin before and after receiving that "Ave" from the mouth of Gabriel, have mercy on sinners.
November 12, 2020
Rorate Caeli : Hymn of the Week
Rorate coeli desuper et nubes pluant justum. Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness.  A hymn for Advent, not from the Roman Breviary.   It makes a good piece for embellishing any Advent celebration where you need an easy Latin piece.  The Organ Accompaniment is from Nova Organi Harmonia, available piecemeal from or get the whole volumes from (this piece is in Volume 7)  As always, my hymnbook lives at You can buy it from Lulu: or Amazon: or download via Selz (with optional donation):$ I have a podcast of sorts :
November 08, 2020
Hymn of the Week: Dies Irae - Day of Wrath - Sequence for All Souls' Day
I am joined in this episode with my youngest son. Sequences are designed to be sung between two people or two choirs, or a leader and choir, alternating the parts for variety and help the singers last the distance. The corresponding page from my hymnbook's webpage is here:   For more info on classical and popular allusions, here's an article I wrote a while ago for Corpus Christi Watershed:
October 18, 2020
Hymn of the Week: Requiem Aeternam
Singing through another snippet from A New Book of Old Hymns Requiem Aeternam, dona eis Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.  This is the introit for the funeral Mass, All Souls Day and Masses of the Dead. The gradual also has the same words, but it more ornate. Great for the month of November.
October 13, 2020
Hymn of the Week: Christus Vincit
Back into the swing of the weekly peek into A New Book of Old Hymns Christus Vincit aka Laudes Regiae from Percy Jones's Pius X Hymn Book, updated to include Pope Francis.   Christus vincit! Christus regnat! Christus imperat! Christ conquers! Christ reigns! Christ rules!     Brief comparison with the Sarum version (Salisbury/English)     Plus a 4 part arrangement attributed to Aloys Kunc.     My hymnbook page about this hymn:   An article I wrote for Corpus Christi Watershed: And the YouTube video from whence proceedeth this recording:
October 07, 2020
Hymn of the Week: Ave Verum Corpus
This is the audio from a video which should be available on youtube here. Hi, I'm Veronica! I put together a hymnbook called A New Book of Old Hymns and I'm aiming to share one hymn each week.  This week's hymn is Ave Verum Corpus, from the 12th century. Most people know this piece better via the setting by Mozart:  My instagram channel: My dodgy recording of the first minute of Byrd's Ave Verum: My son's competing Youtube channel: can like him too - he helps me out a bit)
September 22, 2020
Hymn of the Week: Corda Pia for the Stigmata of St Francis
Today is the feast day of St Francis receiving the Stigmata (miraculous wounds like Jesus crucified) on Mount Alvernia. And we sang Corda Pia. And it was great. And you can sing it too: Page 50 if you have a printed copy of A New Book of Old Hymns. Sancte Francisco, ora pro nobis!
September 17, 2020
Hymn of the Week: Litany of Loreto for the Blessed Virgin Mary
Here is the Litany of our Lady or Litaniae Lauretanae sung to the second tune given in the Liber Usualis. It's great for processions - one person has all the heavy lifting and the rest float along with the easy responses. Some places recite this during Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament - which used to seem odd to me, but Our Lady carried Our Lord, so there is a strong link between the Holy Eucharist and Mary. God bless you.
July 26, 2020
Hymn of the Week: Salve Regina
A hymn of the week!  Starting with Salve Regina - maybe the best known piece in A New Book of Old Hymns. Read the plan: Join the mailing list: Follow on Facebook:
July 18, 2020
Plan for term 3
Seeing how the anchor app makes podcasts. Looking forward to getting going again.
July 17, 2020
Compline: Saturday in Paschaltide
Yesterday I was excited to make a video of Compline - taking the previous recording and putting all the pages from the booklet on the screen. In my enthusiasm and conceited checking of stats, I forgot to post this recording, which I now post belatedly. I think it's still in time for those over on the American side of the world. This is the first recording we have made for Saturday in Paschaltide. Last Saturday we sang a Requiem Compline for ANZAC Day and the Saturday before that was in the Easter Octave. There was a bit of distraction going on towards the end of the Psalms. Our youngest was walking/rolling towards the microphone, wrapped up in a sleeping bag. It was a chilly evening here. God bless! More information plus pdf booklet at Subscribe: | RadioPublic | Spotify | Breaker | Google Podcasts | RSS feed
May 02, 2020
Compline for a 1st Class Feast in Paschaltide with late night over-tired teenagers
Happy Feast day of St Joseph the Worker! We had a great day today, but exhausting, and our usual bringer of calm and gravity went to bed early. Our most junior member also went to bed early, but the influence of the two polar opposites being absent did not balance completely, and you hear some stifled chuckles, and not-so-stifled giggles, in this recording. So, this is Compline for a First Class Feast during Paschaltide. More information plus pdf booklet at Subscribe: | RadioPublic | Spotify | Breaker | Google Podcasts | RSS feed
May 01, 2020
Compline: Thursday in Paschaltide
Happy Thursday! More information plus pdf booklet at Subscribe: | RadioPublic | Spotify | Breaker | Google Podcasts | RSS feed
April 30, 2020
Compline: Wednesday in Paschaltide
Tonight's recording is one of the clearest so far - no coughs or hiccups as far as I can tell. Our youngest singer was being a bit cheeky at times, but she is much quieter on the recording than she seems during the recording. Also, we have a new photo of our zoom microphone which is a bit more relevant than the elaborate church interior which had been chosen from a range of stock photos, so I don't even know which church it is. Here's to liturgical activities in the home! Still, very much looking forward to churches being reopened. We'll keep praying!
April 29, 2020
Compline: Tuesday in Paschaltide with a Visitor via the Internet
Tonight we had a call from my mother, Teresa. Instead of calling back later, I thought we may as well have her join in. She's fairly quiet on the recording and there's a bit of a lag - I think it was more distracting when singing than listening. If it is too distracting you can find last week's Tuesday in Paschaltide on
April 28, 2020
Sunday in Paschaltide: Good Shepherd Sunday
Tonight our toddler was wide awake (and still is while I type) so you can probably hear her chattering away in places in the recording. It doesn't seem nearly as distracting playing it back as it was while recording. She sings along while I'm editing the file - there's hope yet! Booklet with words, music and English translations at God bless you.
April 26, 2020
Requiem Compline for ANZAC Day
In Australia and New Zealand we commemorate our fallen soldiers on the 25th April, the anniversary of the Gallipoli landing in World War II. While the rest celebrate the feast of St Mark, we have Requiem Masses for those who died defending their homeland. So, it's a really short instalment tonight. Flip to Appendix D in your booklets, or have a look in the All Souls Day section if you're using a Liber Usualis or other book. The Psalms are different. You can probably hear us stumble over the unfamiliar syllables. God bless you and may their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.
April 25, 2020
Compline: Friday in Paschaltide with polyphony attempt
Tonight we bravely or foolishly attempted to sing a 16th century four part Regina Caeli by Gregor Aichinger. See what you think. Friday psalms pointed for the Alleluia are in Appendix C of the booklet you'll find at God bless you!
April 24, 2020
Compline: St George on a Thursday in Paschaltide with Hiccups
Today is the feast of St George, patron saint of England. Those in England have a First Class Feast, so would sing Compline with the Sunday Psalms as we did last Sunday. For the rest of the world, we have a regular Thursday in Paschaltide. Plus tonight one person had the hiccups. Which makes a change as the one with the coughs was busy on history homework due at midnight. Happy Paschaltide!
April 23, 2020
Compline: Wednesday in Paschaltide
Tonight's recording is pretty straightforward. The Psalm is the regular Wednesday psalm, but as the Antiphon is the Paschal Alleluia, then the mode of the Psalm is different, so the little bold and italic syllables are different. If you don't care about the bold and italics, then you can just ready the Psalm in the regular part of the booklet. If you do like to know when to change note, then you'll find the psalm in Appendix C with the right "pointing" as they call the bolds and italics. God bless you!
April 22, 2020
Compline: Tuesday in Paschaltide
This episode opens with our toddler talking about starting a band. I thought I'd include it for some variety. Remembering to sing the Alleluias is getting easier.
April 21, 2020
Compline: Monday in Paschaltide
I asked my daughter what I should write about tonight and she declared that she lost a tooth. So there you go. In other news, today is a Monday in Paschaltide with no other feasts, so we sang the Monday Psalms with the Triple Alleluia Antiphon. Booklets at
April 20, 2020
Compline: Divine Mercy Sunday
This evening Compline gets a bit more normal. The hymn and the short responsory return. The antiphons are more normal, in a Paschal way. But, after a few evenings without recording, I forgot to set up the microphone beforehand. Luckily the bits we missed were much the same as the previous recordings for Easter Week, so I have edited together a passable version for your edification. Pick up your booklet at
April 19, 2020
New Book of Old Hymns: Easter #2
Sing All the Easter Music! We start with a relatively modern piece, only a couple of hundred years old, then a medieval sequence and finish with a piece from around the fall of the Roman Empire. O Filii et Filiae Alleluia - the really famous one Victimae Paschali Laudes Salve Festa Dies All these pieces and more are in Download and print your own or buy a printed copy! Artwork by By Иконописная мастерская Елеон - Фрагмент, CC BY 2.0,
April 18, 2020
New Book of Old Hymns: Easter part 1 (plus Compline)
Happy Easter! Here we run through  Haec Dies Jubilate Deo Regina Caeli and then finish up with Compline for the Easter Octave - which is the same every day this week, so I haven't recorded every evening. I'll try remember all the best repartee and recreate it in future compline recordings. So, the hymnbook is at and Compline is at
April 15, 2020
Compline After Too Much Chocolate (Easter Sunday)
Tonight we are all tired. Some of us stayed up late watching the Easter Vigil last night. Some of us sustained minor burns with experiments with candles during the Exusltet. All of us have eaten much more chocolate than we are accustomed to. So, tonight there were some frayed tempers before Compline. But, we did it! Maybe our voices show the strain a little. It would be interesting to record the average pitch of each recording over time and see if that correlates with anything. But for now, this should work as an example for Compline for every night this week. God bless and Happy Pascha!
April 12, 2020
Family Compline: Good Friday
Well, that was an enormous day! We improvised a home Stations of the Cross with little numbered crosses drawn on small cards tacked around the house. The booklets were from a little book from 1859 on the Internet Archive. Then we watched Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. Then the livestreamed Mass of the Pre-Sanctified from Maternal Heart of Mary Church, Lewisham. Then we realised we hadn’t said a Rosary yet, plus the Divine Mercy Novena starts today. So maybe it wasn’t surprising that we were down a few voices for Compline this evening. But here it is! Grab your booklet from and join us!
April 10, 2020
Family Compline: Holy Thursday
Tonight Compline is usually said right after Mass with the Blessed Sacrament in the Altar of Repose. Tonight we are stuck at home watching Mass over the internet, but we still managed Compline. You're link for a booklet to follow along is: You may hear a few coughs - one son with a cough, another with sniffles. Really helps keep your prayer life going in these times! God bless you!
April 09, 2020
Family Compline: Spy Wednesday
See for a handy booklet with all the translations and tunes. Spy Wednesday gets it's name from the tradition that Judas made his arrangements to betray Jesus the day before the Last Supper. Tonight our youngest welcomes you to Compline. This is the last normal-ish Compline until Easter - though Easter week itself is a bit unusual too. This is the last Ave Regina Caelorum!
April 08, 2020
Family Compline : Holy Tuesday
Today is a great day. Tonight I’ll just upload the prayer part - Booklet still at God bless you!
April 07, 2020
Family Compline: Holy Monday
So, tonight we got the giggles. It sometimes happens. The pause for the examination of conscience sobered us up though and the rest went smoothly. We don't mean to judge people who pray seated in a bean bag. There's a bit of background at the end of the recording about the logic behind the idea. I took a photo tonight of the view from where I was pinned to the couch under a sleeping toddler - I'll see if I can add it to the post at All the best for your Holy Week!
April 06, 2020
Compline: Palm Sunday
Happy Palm Sunday! Holy Week is here! We watched Mass at Maternal Heart Church this morning and can thoroughly recommend Viewing the recording on Facebook. This is the place we picked up the Compline habit on their Thursday evening Masses. Legend has it, that in the beginning they only had Mass on Sundays. Thursdays were choir practice days, but then, since everyone was there already, they had Mass too, so they needed to have more choir practice on Tuesdays too. I'm not sure they still sing Compline after evening Masses. I think they do sing Terce before Sunday Masses. Well, they would if they still had public Sunday Masses. But it's late, you're just here for Compline, and I understand that. Good night!
April 05, 2020
Compline: Passion Saturday
Daylight Savings ends tomorrow and we ended up staying up a little later than usual planning strategies for Holy Week observance from home, so this recording comes a little late. Owing to staying up late, we taped a fair bit of inconsequential chatter before starting Compline and I have preserved a snippet at the beginning of tonight's episode for posterity. So pick up a booklet from and join us for Night Prayer.
April 04, 2020
Compline: Thursday in Passion Week
We recorded three nights then skipped three nights and now another recording makes it this far. Tonight's recording features a clinking spoon from one child who is not quite up to reading along yet and was enjoying a cup of tea slurped from a spoon to help it cool down. Because we're a family, not a monastery. Hopefully it's not too distracting. Penance! I hope it does inspire more people to pick up the Divine Office, especially when so many are unable to get to Mass. Imagine if every Catholic participated in this way! What a powerhouse of prayer! And you don't need to be Catholic to join in! Even if you're just interested in singing like the early Christians - this sort of music would be familiar to all those Medieval saints for sure and probably going back much further. Pick up your booklet at and lift up your hearts!
April 02, 2020
Family Compline Passion Sunday
Print yourself a copy of our Compline booklet from and join us! Tonight we have Passion Sunday, sometimes known as First Passion Sunday to distinguish it from Palm Sunday, which is sometimes called Second Passion Sunday. The Sunday psalms become particularly well known. We just have to keep awake to catch the little Passiontide changes here and there.
March 29, 2020
Family Compline Saturday before Passion Sunday
Print yourself a copy of our Compline booklet from and join us! This is the beginning of Passiontide, so there are some little changes. This time is really interesting with all the different things that mark the change of season. Just wait till we get to the Sacred Triduum!
March 28, 2020
Family Compline Friday in Lent
We sing Compline most nights. We picked it up from Maternal Heart, Lewisham, way back when they sang Roman Compline on Thursday nights after Mass. With kids, things got submerged for a while, but we picked it up again, piece by piece, and now it is a great thing which we can highly recommend for : helping get babies to sleep giving the cat quality time to be admired while everyone sits down in the living room learning Latin participating in the Church's Liturgical Life in a totally legitimate and appropriate way Print yourself a copy of our Compline booklet from and join us!
March 27, 2020
Little Office 1 - Matins - Sunday, Monday, Thursday
Someone asked for a recording of Matins from the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I'm pretty sure practically nobody sings Matins. Except for Tenebrae, and then you're not singing the Little Office Matins. So I've spent hours putting this together and I hope someone finds it useful. And if you're kept awake by someone singing these melodies in the middle of the night, I hope you won't be too mad at me for encouraging such eccentric pass-times. I'm still pondering how to make these recordings a useful part of Even though Matins is not widely sung, it does have some very amazing tunes which really do grow on you after you've sung them through a few times. Even the ones with the funny leaps which you think will never sit in your head, then when you go to fix up the recording a week or so later, they have magically embedded themselves into your subconscious. God bless you!
February 07, 2020
New Book Old Hymns #2 - Christmas
The second instalment in our journey through A New Book of Old Hymns! This episode covers: Gaudete Adeste Fideles Puer Natus You can find out more about the book at
December 17, 2019
Little Office - 2 - Prime
Second installment of the grand plan to record the entire Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary! In no particular order. Here's a spur-of-the-moment recording of Prime from our family morning prayers on the feast of St Nicholas (hence the reference to chocolate for breakfast) It also includes the anticipated Roman Martyrology from an old book off the Internet Archive which I've had printed through Lulu and painstakingly converted to a webpage - see for details. So, being Advent, we take the Office 2 variation. Most of the words are the same as Office 1, but the Antiphon, Little Chapter and Collect are different. And I really hope to get into the next episode of the New Book of Old Hymns featuring the Christmas music really soon!
December 06, 2019
Little Office - 1 - Lauds
My most popular videos on youtube are the ones on how to sing the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary. So many people want to sing this popular devotion from the middle ages.  Baronius Press has published very handsome little copies of the Little Office with the key pieces of chant in an appendix. It is tantalisingly close to enabling people to sing the Office, but it lacks the handy mark-up that choir members would be accustomed to. A complete work would be much bigger. I have made some such booklets at Right now there is a long way to go. In this episode we sing through Lauds from Office 1 as it would be sung from Pentecost through to the end of the Liturgical Year.
December 05, 2019
New Book Old Hymns #1 - Pope and Advent
Long, long ago, I put together a little hymnbook with all the Gregorian Chant I was hearing at Mass along with English translations. It would bug me that you would need to join the choir and buy expensive Libers in order to sing along to these beautiful melodies. Also it seemed very unfair that in some cases there were no translations available. In the process I learned a lot about Gregorian Chant, reading square notes and even some Latin. When I excitedly showed my book to other people, many were dismayed as they did not yet know much about reading square notes, so the music was effectively still locked up. The people who were fortunate enough to attend the same amazing parish had heard the music, but that still left many out in the cold. So, finally I am making recordings to support the book. It's early days yet, but here's hoping this helps. You may be surprised to learn this episode is in fact edited down a fair bit - there's a good sprinkling of interruptions here and there. Maybe next episode will be a night time recording. This episode covers: Oremus pro pontifice nostro Conditor alme siderum Veni O Sapientia Rorate Caeli You can get the book printed from Lulu or download from github or Selz.
November 20, 2019
Lectio Secunda
The Second Lesson from Latin by the Natural Method by Fr William Most. Plus we sing Stella Splendens. Print these pdfs: Cercle Latin Something we're building: School Jubilus
September 17, 2019
Lectio Prima
An experiment in helping my kids revise this course, plus help out  anyone who would like to hear the Latin in this course spoken by Latin  Mass afficionados from Australia. Print these pdfs: Cercle Latin Something we're building: School Jubilus
September 12, 2019