The Life of Saint Benedict

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Liturgical Press, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 160 pages
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In Responsorial Psalms for Weekday Mass: Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter, Father Anthony Ruff, OSB, offers a simple chanted setting and makes it possible for the responsorial psalm to be sung at every daily Mass during the seasons of the liturgical year. These responsorial psalms were conceived for unaccompanied singing led by a single cantor, but keyboard accompaniments and 'tar chords are provided for those who desire it.

The melodic settings use the eight Gregorian chant modes, as found in the psalm tones of Saint Meinrad Archabbey. Type melodies, one for each mode, are employed repeatedly for varying antiphon texts, making it easier for cantor and congregation to pick up the antiphon melodies. The psalm verses are provided in two translations, the New American Bible translation of the United States Lectionary for Mass and the Grail translation, as revised in 1983 for inclusive human language. This unique collection of psalm music allows us to celebrate the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter more fully.

Download ready-to-use Seasonal Assembly Leaflets of the antiphons

Anthony Ruff, OSB, is a monk of Saint John's Abbey. He teaches theolo' litur' and''ian chant at Saint John's University and plays or' in the abbey. Ruff is the founding director of the National Catholic Youth Choir and is a frequent presenter across the U.S. on topics of liturgy and music. In addition to his many journal articles, he is the author of Sacred Music and Liturgical Reform: Treasures and Transformations.


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I read Pope St. Gregory's Life of Benedict many years ago, so I was already familiar with the story. This version is terrific, as Fr. Kardong gives a commentary at the end of each section, listing ... Read full review

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Terrence G. Kardong, O.S.B., is a monk of Assumption Abbey in Richardton, North Dakota. Editor of American Benedictine Review, he also wrote Benedict's Rule published by the Liturgical Press.

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