And with your spirit
A guide to singing the
new English translation of the Mass


Now available in the USA from 


The Importance of Singing

39. The Christian faithful who come together as one in expectation of the Lord’s coming are instructed by the Apostle Paul to sing together Psalms, hymns, and spiritual canticles (cf Col 3:16). Singing is the sign of the heart’s joy (cf Acts 2:46). Thus St Augustine says rightly, ‘Singing is for one who loves’, and there is also an ancient proverb: ‘Whoever sings well prays twice over’.

40. Great importance should therefore be attached to the use of singing in the celebration of the Mass, with due consideration for the culture of peoples and abilities of each liturgical assembly. Although it is not always necessary (e.g. in weekday Masses) to sing all the texts that are in principle meant to be sung, every care should be taken that singing by the ministers and the people not be absent in celebrations that occur on Sundays and on Holydays of Obligation. However, in the choosing of the parts actually to be sung, preference is to be given to those that are of greater importance and especially to those which are to be sung by the Priest or the Deacon or a reader, with the people replying, or by the Priest and people together.


It has been both a privilege and a pleasure to record this CD of music contained in the new English translation of the Missale Romanum editio typica tertia. The importance of music in the Mass is clearly emphasised in the new Missal both by its layout and the sheer quantity of music contained in it. It is hoped that this recording will prove to be an invaluable resource for all those wishing to learn to sing the Mass and also help the faithful appreciate the richness of the language of the new translation.

Disc 1 contains all the parts of the Mass including the English ‘default’ setting of the Ordinary of the Mass (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus & Agnus Dei), all the People’s Responses, the four main Eucharistic Prayers and a selection of Prefaces.

Disc 2 contains much of the additional chant to be found in the new Missal including Credo III, two alternative settings of the Lord’s Prayer, further Prefaces (some at a lower pitch), music for Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter and other useful chant. The shorter and longer versions of the Easter Proclamation (Exsultet) are also included and sung in two pitches to suit different voices.

There are over ninety Prefaces with full music notation in the new Missal. As is not possible to fit all these on to a CD, The Music Makers is pleased to offer these as a free resource, which may be downloaded in mp3 file format – go to and select the Prefaces Download page.

The Music Makers has always strongly supported the continued use of Latin in the Ordinary Form of the Mass, in line with Vatican II and subsequent teaching documents. Although the chant has been sensitively set in English, the original Latin chant has greater beauty.

The Latin parts of the Mass are not that difficult to learn and we would particularly recommend two of our earlier CDs, Orate Fratres (for priests) and Plainsong for Parishes to be used as learning tools to help the faithful sing the Mass.  The new Missal encourages us to sing the Mass.  Why not go a step further and sing in Latin?

There is no necessity for all priests to sing the Mass at the same pitch.  However, the pitch we have selected should be within the scope of most priests and celebrants should be careful not to make their chosen tone pitch either too high or too low for their congregations comfortably to reply.

Cantate Domino canticum novum…

Jeremy de Satgé, The Music Makers, May 2011


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Other CD Notes

Copyright Acknowlegements

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This recording © 2011 The Music Makers.  All rights reserved.

Excerpts from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE, © 1966 by Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd. and Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc. Reprinted by Permission.


Excerpts from the English translation and chants of The Roman Missal © 2010, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.


Produced in collaboration with the Association for Latin Liturgy, Orate Fratres is a guide and tutorial for priests, deacons and seminarians in how to sing the Mass in Latin according to the Missale Romanum editio typica tertia 2002.

Our best selling CD Plainsong for Parishes contains 6 settings of the Ordinary of the Mass in Latin and other useful chant - Credo I, Credo III & other parts of the Mass, hymns to Our Lady, including the wonderful Ave Maris Stella, and the hymn Tantum Ergo.


Recorded April 2011, London

Sung by Jeremy de Satgé with Patrizia Kwella

Produced by The Music Makers

Recorded and mixed by Colour Blind

Founded in 1996 by three Catholic composers and musicians, The Music Makers is a liturgical music publisher.


TMM’s aim is to add to the repertoire of quality church music by publishing new music that upholds the tradition of the Church (stemming from the Gregorian and polyphonic traditions), whilst keeping firmly in line with the guidelines of Vatican II and subsequent documents. It is also TMM’s objective to produce music which is accessible to both amateur and professional choirs and, in so doing, support the continued use of the Church’s traditional music, plainsong.


In addition to publishing music, The Music Makers has gained a fine reputation for producing compact discs, which are aimed at particular areas of devotion and many of which are designed to help priests, choirs and congregations sing the liturgy more effectively. TMM is therefore delighted to help support the implementation of the new translation of the Roman Missal by producing this double CD.