About the Entrance Antiphon Hymns Project

The use of antiphons at Mass has exploded in the last decade due in part to the generosity of composers who have shared their chant or choral settings for free, as is the case with the Simple English Propers. I have found Introit hymns to be another excellent way to introduce to a parish new to the concept of antiphons. With familiar tunes, my parish could sing them at sight on the first try. Others have written Introit Hymns (thank you Teitz and Pluth) but still there exists no complete and FREE resource for antiphon hymns (No reprint license necessary). I was determined to make this happen, and so the project was conceived. It has become a collaborative effort with Greg Heislman, Music Director at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Cleveland, OH, who has freely offered the use of his adapted Entrance Antiphon texts.  I've added many of my own too, and several from other colleagues.  When the Roman Missal and Roman Gradual antiphons occasionally differ, we endeavor to set them both separately, and sometimes combined into one hymn, thereby healing the rift between the two sources and bringing together two antiphons that would have been better kept the same.  We try to keep the vocabulary and language as close to the original antiphon as possible, and use tunes we believe are most familiar to Catholic parishes. I provide the organ parts which are also SATB for choir singing. The pdfs of the melody or the PNGs, available in the dropbox link, are meant for your worship aids. The "text" link offers tips and explanations, and allows you to change the tune or print just the text in worship aids.   
        
Our adaptations strive to include the antiphon, the verse of the appointed psalm from the Roman Gradual, and a Trinitarian doxology, demonstrating that these three components are each an important part of the musical tradition.
  
 Any questions/suggestions? Email me, Luke, at lmassery@sjohio.org

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