A Flexible Resource in Two Editions
The Simple Gradual is available in both Assembly and Choir Editions, providing the core sung parts of the liturgy for the faithful in the pews and for the cantor or choir. Both of these economical editions meet the first-rate production value of the Lumen Christi Missal, with a stunning, gold-embossed green cover, a silk ribbon, and with a bright, high-quality paper with a smyth-sewn binding.
The Assembly Edition is the perfect book for the sung liturgy to place in the hands of the faithful. At a thickness of a mere half-inch, it can virtually slide into any pew rack, alongside any hymnal or missal. As an abridged version of the Lumen Christi Missal, it provides the faithful with a complete resource that can help them sing the Mass. Every chant setting in the Order of Mass, Ordinary, and Simple Gradual has its own number, which is printed in the margin in large, bold type, making it extremely easy to find any antiphon or chant setting
The Choir Edition contains all of the contents of the Assembly Edition, but also provides fully pointed Psalm verses for every antiphon in the Assembly Edition. It also can be used as a choir book with the Lumen Christi Missal, containing the chants found in the “Simple Gradual” of the Missal, and a cross-referencing index between the two books.
Enduring Chant Settings
The Missal and Simple Gradual both contain over 300 simple chant melodies for the proper antiphons of the Entrance, Offertory and Communion processions, covering Sundays and Major Feasts throughout the year, as well as Holy Week, and various Commons, Votive Masses, Ritual Masses, and the Mass for the Dead. The musical settings are simple enough that they can be sung by all, but have enough musical interest so that they will endure over time and continually inspire the faithful to sing the liturgy. The antiphon texts are drawn from the Church’s official liturgical books, and are in accord with the new translation of the Roman Missal.
Both resources also contain the fully sung Order of Mass, and eighteen simple chant Mass Settings in English and Latin that can easily be sung by all the faithful. They have been approved for use by the US Bishops Committee on Divine Worship, and bear the imprimatur of Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, bishop of Phoenix.
The Lumen Christi Simple Gradual is an extremely affordable resource for the sung liturgy in parish life. Nothing else like it exists. Bulk pricing is available with prices as low as $8.95 a copy!