Note: The pdf, TeX and midi files are my own work.
The mp3 links go to the recordings of
of St Benedict in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Thanks go to Luís Quiroz for
all his work in recording and putting them up at Christus Rex.
Oremus pro Pontifice nostro / Prayer for our Pope
Conditor alme siderum / Bright builder of the heav'nly poles,
Veni, O Sapientia / O come, Thou Wisdom from on high (better known as O come, O come Emmanuel)
in two part harmony
Rorate caeli / Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above pdfTeXMIDImp3
The editor loves hymns. From an early age her favourite poems and prayers came
from the pages of the parish hymnbook. In time she ended up going to a Latin Mass
where all the hymns were in Latin.
Now some people don't mind listening without understanding.
The music is beautiful and you can always think up your own prayers.
BUT, humans have reason and language to communicate ideas and hymns are part of that communication.
Finding out what was sung proved harder than expected.
The overwhelming majority know little Latin and are satisfied with the overall ambience
of peace and serenity. Thus began the research into these Latin hymns, unearthing many old
favourites. Matching the gregorian hymns with their modern day translated versions proved
an absorbing adventure. Some hymns turned out to have no standard translation.
The editor found the majority of latinists very reluctant to translate.
A good translation is a very demanding project, but even poor translations
can help and many were only too happy to refine a translation once it had begun.
In short, what you have here is a collection of hymns for you to enjoy.
They cover all the liturgical year, from Advent through Easter, right through
to the November season for the Holy Souls. There's the default Sunday Mass ordinary,
Mass 11, plus Credo 1 and some hymns for Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
It's a handy book to have at a Extraordinary Roman Rite Mass, or anywhere
ancient Latin hymns might come up. I've seen Sacris solemnis printed on a
nylon shower curtain, so you never know where a book of Latin hymns with
English translations might come in handy!
To the best of my knowledge this book is clear of copyright.
Let me know if I'm wrong about that.
The book was produced using TeX
for the general typesetting and
OpusTeX for the music - especially the gregorian chant.
The illustrations were edited with the GIMP
then converted to eps vector graphics using potrace.
The main text font is Donald Knuth's Computer Modern Roman.
Headings are in Peter Wilson's Humanist Minuscule from the bookhands
package in the CTAN.
Drop caps are in Priory from
Paul Lloyd Fonts.
The midi files in the contents listing on this page were made
using abc2midi. The music in abc format is all in one file:
hymns.abc. They are not polished, little more than
a stilted melody. Recordings in mp3 format can be found at
of St Benedict in Sao Paolo, Brazil. They are amateur recordings made
in the church. They also seem to have a
very comprehensive coverage of all the music you'll hear around the
year on Sundays. They cover much of the content in the New Book of
First published 2004,
second edition 2006,
third edition 2007,
a few typos fixed in 2011 (mainly Adoremus and Stella Splendens).