Sacred Music Studies
Year 1 - January

Welcome to the new year! I hope everyone is enjoying the Christmas season.
This Newsletter is a little shortened, but only because I moved the "unchanging" parts to a page on my blog called "Year 1 Resources". Those parts include:
  • The list of songs for the year
  • The four-week basic schedule as one idea to study each hymn
  • How to organize the music into your family hymnal
  • The links to the Gregorian Chant Coloring Book and other resources for learning to read chant.
  • Language Arts and History Ideas for optional enrichment
If you are a new Subscriber, or need a fresh start for the 2015, please browse the Resources to get the most out of these studies.

Holy God We Praise Thy Name
A Few Facts:
  • Fr. Clarence A. Walworth translated it into English (as the text we sing here, which is not a literal translation.) ca. 1853
  • Verse 7 is by Hugh T. Henry (1862 - 1946)
  • The melody used is called "GROSSER GOTT", and was first found in the hymnal Ka­thol­isch­es Ge­sang­buch (Vienna: ca. 1774).
View & Print the Music
Listen on YouTube
From the St. Gregory Hymnal. Found online at
Holy God, we praise Thy Name;
Lord of all, we bow before Thee!
All on earth Thy scepter claim,
All in Heaven above adore Thee;
Infinite Thy vast domain,
Everlasting is Thy reign.
Hark! the loud celestial hymn
Angel choirs above are raising,
Cherubim and seraphim,
In unceasing chorus praising;
Fill the heavens with sweet accord:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord.

Lo! the apostolic train
Join the sacred Name to hallow;
Prophets swell the loud refrain,
And the white robed martyrs follow;
And from morn to set of sun,
Through the Church the song goes on.

Holy Father, Holy Son,
Holy Spirit, Three we name Thee;
While in essence only One,
Undivided God we claim Thee;
And adoring bend the knee,
While we own the mystery.

Thou art King of glory, Christ:
Son of God, yet born of Mary;
For us sinners sacrificed,
And to death a tributary:
First to break the bars of death,
Thou has opened Heaven to faith.

From Thy high celestial home,
Judge of all, again returning,
We believe that Thou shalt come
In the dreaded doomsday morning;
When Thy voice shall shake the earth,
And the startled dead come forth.

Therefore do we pray Thee, Lord:
Help Thy servants whom, redeeming
By Thy precious blood out-poured,
Thou hast saved from Satan’s scheming.
Give to them eternal rest
In the glory of the blest.

Spare Thy people, Lord, we pray,
By a thousand snares surrounded:
Keep us without sin today,
Never let us be confounded.
Lo, I put my trust in Thee;
Never, Lord, abandon me.


More Sacred Music to Listen to and Enjoy:

Te Deum (You Tube) Might as well listen to the Gregorian chant with the full text! :-)

Chant Propers for the Extraordinary Form (CCWatershed) - if you have 15 minutes to spare one weekend, try listening to the ancient chants for the Sunday propers.

Chant Kyriale (CCWatershed) - did you know there are 18 different Gregorian Mass settings?
For further learning about sacred music:
- Read the fifth Q&A: Why should we regard Gregorian chant as the ideal? 

- Read a few paragraphs taken from the pastoral letter on sacred music, written by Archbishop Sample from Portland, Oregon. There is also a link to the entire document if you're intrigued by the excerpts!
Optional Enrichment and Learning for Homeschoolers
Language Arts and History Ideas
Religious Ideas:
Search the Catechism for related topics; read and discuss.

- Read Psalms 27:9; 144:2; 122:3; 32:22; 30:2. (These are referenced in the last section.)

- Add drawn symbols, images, and embellishments to the sheet music for the family hymnal
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I started a Google+ community for these studies. This has great potential for being a place to: 1) discuss the music we are learning each month, and 2) share our learning experiences with others. I think it would be helpful if Q&A, interesting facts found, or other helpful information could be easily seen and discussed by all.  Think of it as an online study and support group. 

Let's enjoy this learning experience together!

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