Monday, August 11, 2014

Enchanting Chant Resources

Memorial of St Clare of Assisi. Don't miss her letter today in the Office of Readings. picture credit:

I was fooling around on the internet this morning and came across a few more chant resources.

Chanting the Liturgy of the Hours is something I love more in theory than in fact these days, but once the school year starts and I have a little more peace, quiet, and actual time to do it, I hope to get back to chanting Lauds a few days a week.

This link gives various Sunday lauds and vespers chants for the liturgical seasons and ordinary time.

This blog post on the Walking With God blog has many, many links for chant and music sources, both Latin and English. I've only just begun checking some of them out  myself.

I think I've mentioned Musical Breviary before.  The gentleman who runs this site has accomplished the seemingly Herculean project of recording podcasts of daily chanted lauds and vespers for the entire year. Due to copyright issues he uses a public domain version of the psalms and readings. 


  1. Hello Daria, I enjoy your blog, and your book which I have on my Kindle; it's been a great help ...
    I wondert if you have seen this link on Youtube of the English Hymnal if not here it is - enoy

    With best wishes from Norman, Santiago, Chile

    1. Thanks for sharing that, Norman. John Rutter is just about the best modern hymn composer around. That was beautiful and I'll look forward to checking out the other English hymnal selections on Youtube. Santiago? I often wonder how it feels to live below the equator and experience the disconnect between the northern/ eurocentric references in liturgical music (e.g. Christmas carols referencing winter, Easter hymns referencing spring) when your weather/seasons are the opposite.

  2. I have a question about the Little Office of our Lady, as I have been trying to learn more about the devotion to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. There are a few "short Offices" and I wonder how they interact with LOTH. They have regular prayers throughout the day, but I guess a weekly cycle instead of yearly? Are they to be said instead or in addition to LOTH? Do they still count as the public liturgy of the Church? any other information you may have would be helpful.

    1. Yes, the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary "counts" as liturgical prayer. The Constitution on the Liturgy prepared by the Second Vatican Council states: “They too perform the public prayer of the Church, who, in virtue of their constitutions, recite any short Office, provided it is drawn up after the pattern of the Divine Office and is duly approved.” (para. 98).
      The Little Office has the same basic structure as the LOTH, but as it repeats every week, you do not use the full psalter, have less variety in readings, and (I imagine) have less of a sense of the changing liturgical year.
      The upside of this is that you will more easily come to memorize the psalms and even possibly learn to pray the Little Office from memory. This link from will tell you more.

  3. Hello Daria, with respect to your comments, personally, living in South America is living a bit "upside-down" with respect to the Northern Hemisphere, especially at Christmas time with the heat, no Hymns, and no Carols, and no snow ... those are the things I miss most...
    As I am very much of a new boy with the things of the LOTH, I have some doubts which I would appreciate your assistance. My doubt at the present time is, why is there a difference in the content of the various DO's you post on your blog (ie. Universalis, Divine Office, iBreviary etc) - at the present I am using Universalis in my quite moments, but use Divine Office when I am walking or motoring because of the Podcast - even so, there's a notable difference between them and others. At the same time what is the "official" LOTH and could you give me your recommendation on what I should use to pray the "Hours" ( presently everything I do with respect to the LOTH is online or using the various Apps that's available) - so, how I should proceed - after all, as you put in your book: "A thing really worth doing is worth doing even badly - G.K.Chesterton's maxim" ... that's where I find myself now, but I thought you might give me a hand to do it well "Como corresponde, cara a Dios!!!" as they say down here...