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. However, I have found Introit hymns to be even easier 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. Also we include the appointed verse from the Roman Gradual as well, in keeping with tradition. 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.
Most shorter antiphons are written as a 4 verse hymn (Antiphon, Verse from the appointed psalm in the Roman Gradual, Doxology, return to Antiphon), and most longer ones as a 3 verse hymn (Antiphon, Doxology, Antiphon). Often the antiphon and first verse of the appointed psalm from the Roman Gradual are combined into one tune, demonstrating that these verses are an important part of the musical tradition.
Mr. Heislman originally wrote his antiphons as the final verse of a carefully chosen hymn for that Sunday. Sometimes, when in the public domain, I provide that hymn with the introit as the final verse as Mr. Heislman intended. Otherwise, all adaptations start with the antiphon. Any questions/suggestions? Email me, Luke, at