Last Updated: November 17th, 2023

How to Sing the Ordinary Parts of the Mass

On this page, you’ll find resources to help you practice singing the various parts of Mass throughout the Liturgical year. Since this music typically remains consistent for an entire season at a time, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to become familiar with each musical setting. Note that we will be adding and updating links to practice videos throughout the year.

If you have any questions, please email our music director, Bridget Scott.


Marian Anthem Practice Videos

The Marian anthem (sometimes referred to as the Marian antiphon) is sung at the end of Mass immediately following the St. Michael Prayer. There are four anthems that are used seasonally throughout the Liturgical year. You will find practice videos to these anthems below.

Marian AnthemSeason
Alma Redemptoris MaterFirst Sunday of Advent through Candlemas (February 2nd)
Ave Regina CaelorumAfter Candlemas until the Easter Vigil
Regina CaeliEaster Vigil through Pentecost Sunday
Salve ReginaFrom the day after Pentecost until the first Sunday of Advent

Mass Ordinary Practice Videos

The Mass Ordinary refers to those parts of Mass that do not change from week to week. This includes the Creed as well as the Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei.

The Creed

The Creed can be spoken or sung. Starting at the beginning of the Advent season in 2023, we will begin chanting the Creed in Latin. The particular setting of the Creed we will be using is referred to as Credo III. You will find practice videos below. Feel free to choose whichever practice video you find most comfortable to follow.

Other Mass Settings

The rest of the Mass Ordinary is also set to music that changes throughout the year. Below, you will find practice videos for the Mass settings that we use regularly based on season and occasion.

Ordinary Time
Agnus Dei

Mass XVIII (Missa Primitiva)

Our Latin Mass Setting for Ordinary Time is commonly referred to as “Missa Primitiva” and consists of Kyrie XVI, Mozarabic Gloria XV, Sanctus and Agnus Dei XVIII.

It can be found starting on page 41 of the 2023 Source and Summit Missal. (If you took home one of the white 2022 Source and Summit Missals, this Mass setting can be found starting on page 39.)

Advent & Lent
(no Gloria)
Agnus Dei

Christmas, Easter, & Solemnities
Agnus Dei

Mass VIII (Missa de Angelis)
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