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The chanted Our Father in Latin, Pater Noster, is sung on Sundays and larger feasts throughout the year. You will also use this chant if you sing the Liturgy of the Hours. (I love the Mundelien Psalter by the way. Wish I had time to use it regularly!) One thing to remember is that, unlike most of what we pray and sing, these words were spoken by Our Lord Himself...which makes learning this so much more worthwhile. A priest who gave me confession many years ago was known to tell me (and others) to "pray and meditate on the Our Father slowly and meaningfully." I invite you to do the same.

Lesson Plans 


Week 1

  1. Score:  PDF download from Corpus Christi Watershed (source)

  1. Listen & follow along.  (That learning page on is helpful, with some good learning tips.) Or start by practicing the pronunciation. (I appreciate how the translation is included.)

    1. First part of the Pater Noster: 
      Pater noster, qui es in caelis, 
      sanctificetur Nomen tuum. 
      Adveniat regnum tuum. 

    2. Sing along with the recording/Listen


Week 2

  1. Listen & follow along.  Continue practicing the pronunciation

    1. Second part of the Pater Noster: 
      Fiat voluntas tua, 
      sicut in caelo et in terra. 

    Begin copywork & chant illustrations.

  2. Try to memorize what you've learned so far.


Week 3

  1. Listen & follow along. (Includes what a priest chants right before the Pater Noster begins.) Continue practicing the pronunciation

    1. Third part of the Pater Noster:
      Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie, 
      et dimitte nobis debita nostra 
      sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. 

  2. Continue memorization.

  3. Finish copywork & illustrations.

  4. Extra activities for children: "Praying and Living the Our Father" by Janet Schaeffler, OP gives tons of ideas for reflections and crafts centered on the Our Father. 


Week 4

  1. Listen and follow along. (Includes what a priest chants right before the Pater Noster begins.) Continue practicing the pronunciation

    1. Last part of the Pater Noster:
    Et ne nos inducas in tentationem, 
    sed libera nos a malo.

  2. Solidify memorization. Quiz yourself and see if you can match the text to the notes.

  1. Teens/Adults: Watch the next installment of On a Sacred Note: Sacred Music in Concert

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