The Liber Usualis is a book of commonly used Gregorian chants in the Catholic tradition, compiled by the monks of the Abbey of Solesmes in France. According to Willi Apel , the chants in the Liber Usualis originated in the 11th century. This 1,page book contains most versions of the ordinary chants for the Mass Kyrie , Gloria , Credo , Sanctus , and Agnus Dei , as well as the common chants for the Divine Office daily prayers of the Church and for every commonly celebrated feast of the Church Year including more than two hundred pages for Holy Week alone. The "usual book" or "common book" also contains chants for specific rituals, such as baptisms, weddings, funerals, ordinations, and benediction.
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It is a compendium, though not comprehensive, of prayers, lessons and chants for the more important services of the Roman Catholic Church as prescribed between the Council of Trent —63 and the Second Vatican Council —5.
The Liber usualis represents the culmination of a tendency, particularly noticeable in the Western Church, to combine in one volume for practical use selections from liturgical books hitherto kept separate; such combinations had earlier appeared in the You do not currently have access to this article.
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Liber Usualis (Gregorian Chant)
Latin Chant with Gregorian Notation. English Rubrics and Instructions. The Liber as it is commonly called is first and foremost a practical combination of the various official liturgical-musical books of the Roman Rite used for both chanting the various parts of the Divine Office and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Liber Usualis Edition — According to the Rubrics of Cream Bible paper, hardcover, durable endsheets, reinforced binding, Smyth sewn, red edges, six ribbons. The Liber as it is commonly called is first and foremost a practical combination of the various official liturgical-musical books of the Roman Rite e. It also contains a wealth of ancient Latin hymns, ad libitum Kyriale modes, litanies and even the Ordo Missae the Ordinary, Prefaces and Canon of the Mass allowing it to be used in place of a daily missal during Mass.
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