Welcome to another installment of What Does the Prayer Really Sound Like?
Today we will hear the Passion of St. John, to be sung on Good Friday using the 1962 Missale Romanum. We hear it sung according to the traditional passion tone from the book called the Passionale.
The Passionale is often divided into three books for each of the three parts, the voice for the words spoken by Christ (Christus), the voice of the narrator (Chronista), and all the voices of speakers in the Gospel narrative other than Christ (Synagoga). The three parts are sung in different registers to differentiate them more easily. In this recording I sing all three parts.
Often if a Passionale or set of Passionalia are available, they are older editions and some adaptations must be made to be usable with the Novus Ordo. There are also now available new editions of a Passionale with Gregorian notation based on these old tones for use with the Novus Ordo. In this recording, we hear the version used in the Extraordinary use of the Roman rite.
My main purpose in making this PRAYERCAzT is to help men who must prepare to sing the Passion in Latin on Good Friday get the words, these tones and the relationship between them into their ears.
However, these audio projects can be of great help to lay people who attend Holy Mass in the Traditional, or extraordinary form: by listening to them ahead of time, and becoming familiar with the sound of the before attending Mass, they will be more receptive to the content of the prayers and be aided in their full, conscious and active participation.
My pronunciation of Latin is going to betray something of my nationality, of course. Men who have as their mother tongue something other than English will sound a little different. However, we are told that the standard for the pronunciation of Latin in church is the way it is spoken in Rome. Since I have spent a lot of time in Rome, you can be pretty sure my accent will not be too far off the mark.
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Pray for me, listen carefully, and practice practice practice.