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By Flowing Waters : Chant for the Liturgy - a Collection of Unaccompanied Song for Assemblies, Cantors and Choirs - Paul F. Ford

By Flowing Waters

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Designed to tutor assemblies and their ministers in the homely ways of singing the Mass, not just singing at Mass, By Flowing Waters is a primer of liturgical music. This treasury of nearly 700 chants and songs based on authentic chants provides the best and most accessible of the Roman Catholic plainsong tradition for use by assemblies, cantors, and choirs.

The goal of By Flowing Waters is to let the text be primary and the music its servant. It is ecumenical in its design for eucharistic worship in liturgical Churches and its use by Free Churches who wish to add chant to the sung prayer of their congregations. A graceful translation has been fitted to an adaptation of the traditional chant historically associated with it and succeeds with clear and simple phrases for responses, and well-marked verses for the cantor.

Texts are drawn almost entirely from the Bible, including 102 psalms and nineteen canticles of the Old and New Testaments. The volume also includes the entire repertory of the Simple Gradual, the Simple Kyriale, and Jubilate Deo. The litanic/responsorial style of the entire collection moves the work of worship between the cantor and the assembly, giving new meaning to the word liturgy" and to the keynote of the liturgical renewal, full, active, conscious participation.

By Flowing Waters is a version of the second of two official song books of the Roman liturgy, the Graduale Romanum(the Roman Gradual) and the Graduale Simplex (the Simple Gradual). As the sacramentary is the presider's book, the book of the Gospels is the deacon's, and the lectionary is the reader's, the gradual is the liturgical book belonging to the schola cantorum (the group of singers who render more difficult pieces at a liturgical function). Used for the singing of the Proper of the Mass in English, the Simple Gradual is a properly integrated part of the liturgical renewal. Its purpose is to afford a greater opportunity for community participation in song - especially through congregational singing of brief refrains and responses to the longer verses sung by a cantor, schola, or choir.

The music in By Flowing Waters has ancient sources but only one Source, the Word. With respect to the antiphons, acclamations, hymns, and songs, expresses the meaning of the original words to convey the same meaning to those who speak English. In regard to the psalmody (the ways to sing psalms, canticles, and other long texts) it lets these ancient tones become the tunes to carry the Hebrew and Greek poetry which is freshly translated into English in the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. Cantors, liturgists, parish music directors, choir directors, choir members, schools and religious communities who sing on weekdays as well as Sundays, will find By Flowing Waters provides the best traditions of simple and unaccompanied chant that meet the expectations of aesthetic quality and musical scholarship. In addition, it can serve as both a scholarly reference for liturgists and a professional reference for liturgical musicians.

By Flowing Waters is a collection for congregations of praying Christians, Christians who sing because they have something to sing about (the goodness of God), to sing for (the salvation of the world), and someone to sing with (the Son of God). By providing the Simple Gradual in English and through the use of other chant resources, By Flowing Waters is in the fullest harmony with that song.

Beautifully bound; includes two ribbon markers.

Updates are published to this book. See the By Flowing Waters Website for more information.

By Flowing Waters contains nearly 700 authentic chants and songs based on authentic chants for use by assemblies, cantors, and choirs is exemplary of the best and most accessible of the Roman Catholic plainsong tradition is ecumenical in its design for worship in liturgical Churches, and its adaptability by Free Churches who wish to add chant to the sung prayer styles of their congregations draws texts to be sung almost entirely from the Bible, especially the Psalms and Canticles of the Old and New Testaments distinguishes between and among the solo and choral voices in the psalms so that assemblies can know who is speaking to them or for them appeals to those cantors looking for resources for unaccompanied song for eucharistic liturgy restores to cantors their own proper book revitalizes the ministries of psalmist, cantor, schola cantorum, and choir attracts those who are intrigued by the idea of using chant is welcome to those who know that modal music in free rhythm wears longer and delivers the text unobtrusively allows the melodies which arose from the singing of the texts in their original languages to live again through their harmonious weddings to English translations of these texts is familiar to those who grew up with chant and accessible to those unfamiliar with chant includes the entire repertory of the Simple Gradual (the chant collection authorized by Pope Paul VI in 1968 and revised and expanded in 1975 to include the Simple Kyriale) includes the entire repertory of Jubilate Deo (the universal chant collection authorized by Pope Paul VI in 1974) with fresh English lyrics as well as the original Latin and Greek provides settings for singing the readings based on the models provided in the 1973 Ordo Cantus Missae is resourceful for liturgists who need to make sense of the references to the Simple Gradual in the General Instruction on the Roman Missal (and its Appendix of the US Bishops), the Introduction to the Lectionary, and Music in Catholic Worship introduces musicians, composers, and liturgists to largely unknown forms: responsorial psalms and alleluia psalms in the responsoria brevia style, the acclamation antiphon, and the Simple Gradual's other litanic ("call and response") features gives new meaning to the word liturgy and to the keynote of the liturgical renewal, full, active, conscious participation: The litanic/responsorial style of the entire collection moves the work of worship between the cantor and the assembly is complete for those who want to chant the entire renewed liturgy according to the model envisioned by Vatican II, incorporating new adaptations in English of ancient Greek and Latin chants for the Order of the Mass and the Ordinary of the Mass can serve as a common meeting ground for todays diverse musical cultures

is a bridge between the moderate progressives and the moderate conservatives in its use of horizontally inclusive language is especially useful at times and in settings with limited resources includes full biblical, modal, and liturgical indexes.

Pal F. Ford, PhD, is professor of theology and liturgy at St. John's Seminary, Camarillo, California, and the convening composer of the Collegeville Composers Group, the authors of the Psallite project.


An astonishing achievement! Those looking for a rich resource of chant-based vernacular liturgical song need to go no further: By Flowing Waters is so comprehensive that it is hard to see that any other chant collection will ever be needed. Dr. Ford's labor of love has provided for every conceivable need, I see this book as being an essential part of the repertoire not just of Roman Catholic but also for Anglican church musicians, and indeed of all who find their prayer heightened by the modality and supple rhythms that are such an integral and important part of our Christian heritage.Paul Inwood Following principles laid down by Vatican II, Paul F. Ford's By Flowing Waters: Chant for the Liturgy challenges us to move beyond merely singing during liturgy to singing the liturgy itself. The book invites us to take a much deeper look at the meaning of liturgical renewal and its musical implementation.Kathleen A. Harmon, SNDdeN For parishes and other worshiping communities serious about singing the liturgy rather than singing at the liturgy, this is an invaluable resource.Delores Dufner, OSB This beautiful publication contains brief chant refrains and melodies easy enough for the average person to sing... We owe Dr. Ford a debt of gratitude for this fine addition to the Church's liturgical life.John Foley, SJ, The Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University Choirs, cantors, and congregations will find in this book a rich musical heritage, well prepared and sensitively approached. It will be an answer to the musical needs of many communities.Pastoral Music This book would be a worthwhile addition to the musical library of any community and enables us to respect and value our musical heritage whilst fostering intelligibility and participation in the liturgy.In Illo Tempore ... a great addition to liturgical resources. We have used several pieces from it in our monastery, they sing so well and are very easy for a community familiar with chant to pick up. Ita (TM)s great that one can go to the book and always find a good setting of a suitable text.Richard Purcell, OCSO ... a collection of mostly Psalms and other biblical canticles (in English) set to some of the most durable music that the church has produced... [M]usicians in other traditions who want to add sung prayer to their churches' worship will find plenty to draw on.The Dallas Morning News

A Musical Forewordp. xi
A Liturgical Forewordp. xii
Dedicatory Acknowledgementsp. xiv
Introductionp. xvi
How to Use This Bookp. xxv
Abbreviationsp. xxv
A Word about Pitchp. xxv
Musicansp. xxvi
The Antiphonaryp. xxvii
The Processional Chantsp. xxviii
The Chants between the Readingsp. xxx
Chants for the Order of the Massp. xxxii
Chants for the Ordinary of the Massp. xxxii
Levels of Solemnityp. xxxiii
Tempi and Accidentalsp. xxxiii
Signsp. xxxiii
A Note to Scholarsp. xxxvi
The Antiphonary
Proper of the Seasons
Advent Season Ip. 1
Advent Season IIp. 7
Christmasp. 12
Holy Familyp. 17
The Solemnity of Mary Mother of Godp. 22
Epiphanyp. 22
Baptism of the Lordp. 27
Ash Wednesdayp. 29
First Sunday of Lentp. 36
Second Sunday of Lentp. 42
Third Sunday of Lentp. 42
Fourth Sunday of Lentp. 48
Fifth Sunday of Lentp. 53
Holy Week
Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday)p. 60
Chrism Massp. 67
The Triduum of the Lord
Holy Thursday: Evening Mass of the Lord's Supperp. 72
Good Fridayp. 79
The Easter Vigilp. 82
Easter Sundayp. 95
Easter Season Ip. 106
Easter Season IIp. 111
The Ascension of the Lordp. 116
Pentecostp. 123
Ordinary Time
Trinity Sundayp. 132
The Body and Blood of Christp. 137
Sacred Heartp. 143
Ordinary Time Ip. 148
Ordinary Time IIp. 153
Ordinary Time IIIp. 158
Ordinary Time IVp. 163
Ordinary Time Vp. 169
Ordinary Time VIp. 174
Ordinary Time VIIp. 176
Ordinary Time VIIIp. 179
Ordinary Time IX: Last Weeks in Ordinary Timep. 183
Christ the Kingp. 188
The Proper of Saints
February 2 Presentation of the Lordp. 191
March 19 St. Joseph, Husband of Maryp. 197
March 25 Annuncation of the Lordp. 200
June 24 Birth of St. John the Baptistp. 203
June 29 St. Peter and St. Paul, Apostlesp. 209
August 6 Transfiguration of the Lordp. 214
August 15 Assumption of Maryp. 219
September 8 Birth of Maryp. 226
September 14 Triumph of the Crossp. 228
September 29 St. Michael, St. Gabriel, and St. Raphael, Archangelsp. 232
November 1 All Saintsp. 238
December 8 Immaculate Conception of Maryp. 242
Common of the Dedication of a Churchp. 248
Common of the Blessed Virgin Maryp. 252
Common of Apostlesp. 254
Common of Martyrsp. 257
Common of Holy Menp. 267
For Doctors of the Churchp. 271
Common of Holy Womenp. 278
Ritual Masses, Masses for Various Needs, and Votive Masses
Ritual Masses
Wedding Massp. 285
For Religious Professionp. 289
Masses for Various Needs and Occasions
The Anniversary of the Pope or the Bishopp. 290
For Vocations to the Sacrament of Orders and to Religious Lifep. 290
For the Unity of Christiansp. 292
For Peace and Justicep. 292
In Any Needp. 293
Votive Masses
Votive Massesp. 297
Votive Mass of the Holy Spiritp. 297
Liturgy for the Dead
Mass for the Deadp. 300
The Order of Christian Funerals
At the Vigilp. 314
At the Home of the Deceasedp. 316
The Procession to the Churchp. 316
In the Churchp. 319
Final Commendation and Farewellp. 319
The Procession to the Cemeteryp. 324
At the Cemeteryp. 328
Chants for the Order of the Mass
Introductory Ritesp. 329
Prayersp. 330
Liturgy of the Wordp. 331
Liturgy of the Eucharistp. 334
Communion Ritep. 337
Concluding Ritep. 339
Chants for the Ordinary of the Mass
Suite Ip. 343
Suite IIp. 348
Suite IIIp. 352
Suite IVp. 356
Suite Vp. 362
Nicene Creed (Latin)p. 366
Nicene Creedp. 369
Apostles' Creedp. 372
Apostles' Creed in Question Formp. 373
Common Tones
Doxologies for the Processional Chants in the Eight Modesp. 375
Alleluias at the End of Processional Antiphons for the Easter Seasonp. 378
The Rite of Sprinklingp. 379
The Universal Prayer (Prayer of the Faithful)p. 380
Communion Chantsp. 382
Miscellaneous Chants
For Benediction of the Blessed Sacramentp. 386
For Invoking the Holy Spirit (Veni Creator Spiritus)p. 388
Songs of Praise and Thanksgivingp. 390
Marian Antiphonsp. 399
The Litany of the Saints for Solemn Occasionsp. 404
The Tones for Sung Readingsp. 411
Performance Notesp. 417
Information and Instructions for Assembly Editionsp. 429
Biblical Indexp. 433
Index of Chants
Entrance Antiphonsp. 439
Responsorial Psalmsp. 440
Alleluia Psalmsp. 441
Alleluiasp. 442
Acclamation Antiphonsp. 443
Tractsp. 443
Preparation Antiphonsp. 444
Communion Antiphonsp. 445
Other Ritual Chantsp. 446
Sequences, Hymns, and Marian Antiphonsp. 447
Chants for the Order of the Massp. 448
Chants for the Ordinary of the Massp. 449
Index of Modes
Processional and Ritual Chantsp. 450
Chants between the Readingsp. 455
Hymns and Marian Antiphonsp. 459
Alphabetical Index of Antiphonsp. 460
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ISBN: 9780814625958
ISBN-10: 0814625959
Series: Celebrating the Eucharist Support Materials Ser.
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 466
Published: 1st July 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.94