Gospel Chanting

     This page offers links to sheet music for
     settings I have done of Gospels according to
     the Revised Common Lectionary and using the
     New Revised Standard Version.

     While musically gifted deacons and priests have
     no difficulty chanting from a Gospel Book, others 
     may be helped by practicing with sung gospels 
     like these and paper-clipping them into the
     Gospel Book and chanting from the sheet music.

     For those who feel intimidated by the Gregorian
     notation I use, please don't. If you go to the
     Musical Appendix to The Altar Book, pages 12-14,
     you will find the same tone in modern notation. You
     can learn the tone from those pages and then learn
     the equivalences between the two systems.

     What I generally do is to say that the reciting note
     (the high note you monotone on a lot) is B flat (as
     it is in the Musical Appendix). That makes the note
     one lower an A and the next lower a G. A dotted
     square note is equivalent to an open note in     

 

     modern notation (that is, twice as long as a solid
     note). Once you have learned how the tone
     sounds (maybe from a living teacher), you
     shouldn't find it hard to use these sheets in
     Gregorian notation.

     If you find these settings too "busy" at places,
     you can just ignore a trope and instead monotone.

     I try to proofread these settings, but when you try
     to be your own editor, you miss things. If you find
     a place where what I have presented looks like a
     mistake, please bring it to my attention by e-mail
     (gartigwg@episcopal-dso.zzn.com) or by telephone
     (513-731-8246), so I can correct it.

     I have posted audio files to go along with some of
     the sung gospels.

     Finally, if you use one of these sung gospels,
     please let me know how it went.

    --Bill Gartig

     This is a one-line sample of what these Gospel chanting sheets look like:
 

Upcoming Gospels:
 
(Passages in black do not yet have sheet music linked to them.)
 

Easter 5 (Year A) (May 18)
John 14:1-14 (2 pages, 20-Apr-2008)
John 14:1-14 (2 pages, 19-May-2011)

Easter 6 (May 25)
John 14:15-21 (2008 version) (1 page)
John 14:15-21 (2011 version) (1 page)

Ascension Day (May 29)
Luke 24:44-53 (1 page)

The Visitation (May 31)
Luke 1:39-57 (2 pages

Easter 7 (June 1)
John 17:1-11

Pentecost (Jun 8)
   Early or Vigil Service -
John 7:37-39 (1 page)
   Principal Service - John 20:19-23 (1 page)

St. Barnabas (June 11)
Matthew 10:7-16 (2 pages)

Trinity Sunday (June 15)
Matthew 28:16-20 (1 page)

Pentecost 2 (Proper 7) (June 22)
Matthew 10:24-39

 

 
For an explanation of how to read the traditional, square note Gregorian notation used in most of my settings, try http://lphrc.org/Chant/index.html.
 
There are many great documents (including back issues of the magazine Sacred Music) and sound files about Gregorian chant and other sacred music available for free download at www.musicasacra.com. Check it out!
 
Derek at http://haligweorc.wordpress.com/2009/02/03/chanting-the-gospel-episcopal-style/, who describes himself as a "Benedictine Anglican Medievalist" has kindly made a link to this page. Thanks, Derek! Give his very attractive site a look.
 
 
 
I think the following words about how to chant the Gospel from Gary Penkala's Book of Sung Gospels (CanticaNOVA Publications, www.canticanova.com) deserve to be repeated here:   “In order for a sung Gospel to have its intended effect, it must sound effortless. Undue attention to the notes on the part of the singer will have the disastrous effect of focusing the congregation's attention on the music rather than the text.
“Those parts of the Gospel to be sung on the reciting tone should be paced in a relaxed speech rhythm, not too slowly, and definitely not too quickly. All other notes should be sung with equal value, except dotted itable time should b e allowed after the introductory dialogue and before the conclusion to set apart the Gospel text proper.   The Gospel message embodied in the text must always be the precious cargo which is humbly carried by the underlying music. To thus set the evangelists' words in high relief requires much practice. Although the tones used in this book are simple, they are not meant to be sung spontaneously; they should be rehearsed well, so that the ease and fluidity of the singing opens the ears of the listener to the meaning behind the familiar words.
 
If you would like to read my explanation of Gregorian Chant as it applies to Gospel chanting, I have links here to several pdf's I have prepared. (They need to be pdf's because I need to embed the Meinrad square note music font.)   My Overall Approach to Setting Gospels to Chant
More on My Approach to Pointing Gospels (19May10)
Gospel Tone I
   The Metrum
   The Question (or Interrogation)
   The Punctum
   The Conclusion
Gospel Tone II
 

Gospel Chanting Sheet Music for

Revised Common Lectionary (Episcopal Version) Gospels

(Passages in black do not yet have sheet music linked to them.)

 
Occasion Year A Year B Year C
Advent 1 Matthew 24:36-44 (2 pages) Mark 13:24-37 (2 pages) Luke 21:25-36 (2 pages)
Advent 2 Matthew 3:1-12 (2 pages) Mark 1:1-18 (2 pages) Luke 3:1-6 (1 page)
Advent 3 Matthew 11:2-11 (2 pages) John 1:6-8,19-28 (2 pages) Luke 3:7-18 (2 pages)
Advent 4 Matthew 1:18-25 (2 pages) Luke 1:26-38 (2 pages) Luke 1:39-45 (1 page)
Luke 1:39-55 (2 pages)
Christmas Day I Luke 2:1-14 (2 pages)
Lucas 2:1-14 (3 pages) (in Spanish)
Luke 2:1-20 (3 pages)
Luke 2:1-14 (2 pages)
Lucas 2:1-14 (3 pages) (in Spanish)
Luke 2:1-20 (3 pages)
Luke 2:1-14 (2 pages)
Lucas 2:1-14 (3 pages) (in Spanish)
Luke 2:1-20 (3 pages) 
Christmas Day II Luke 2:(1-7), 8-20 (3 pages)  Luke 2:(1-7), 8-20 (3 pages) Luke 2:(1-7), 8-20 (3 pages) 
Christmas Day III John 1:1-14 (2 pages)  John 1:1-14 (2 pages) John 1:1-14 (2 pages) 
Christmas 1 John 1:1-18 (2 pages) John 1:1-18 (2 pages) John 1:1-18 (2 pages)
Christmas 2 Matt. 2:13-15, 19-23 (2 pages)
 or Luke 2:41-52 (2 pages)
 or Matt. 2:1-12  
Matt. 2:13-15, 19-23 (2 pages)
or Luke 2:41-52 (2 pages)
or Matt. 2:1-12
Matt. 2:13-15, 19-23 (2 pages)
or Luke 2:41-52 (2 pages)
or Matt. 2:1-12 
The Epiphany Matthew 2:1-12 (2 pages) Matthew 2:1-12 Matthew 2:1-12
Epiphany 1 Matthew 3:13-17 (1 page) Mark 1:4-11 (1 page) Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 (2 pages) Epi 1 C Gospel audio
Epiphany 2 John 1:29-42 (2 pages) John 1:43-51 (1 page) John 2:1-11 (2 pages)
Epi 2 C Gospel audio
Epiphany 3 Matthew 4:12-23 (2 pages) Mark 1:14-20 (1 page) Luke 4:14-21 (2 pages)
Epi 3 C Gospel audio
Epiphany 4 Matthew 5:1-12 (2 pages) Mark 1:21-28 (1 page) Luke 4:21-32 (2 pages)
Epi 4 C Gospel audio
Epiphany 5 Matthew 5:13-20 (2 pages) Mark 1:29-39 (1 page) Luke 5:1-11 (2 pages)
Epiphany 6 Matthew 5:21-37 (3 pages)  Mark 1:40-45 (1 page) Luke 6:17-26 
Epiphany 7 Matthew 5:38-48 (2 pages)    
Epiphany 8 Matthew 6:24-34 (2 pages)    
Epiphany Last Matthew 17:1-9 (2 pages) Mark 9:2-9 (1 page) Luke 9:28-36 (2 pages) 
Ash Wednesday Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 (2 pages)   Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 (2 pages) Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 (2 pages) 
Lent 1 Matthew 4:1-11 (2 pages)
Matthew 4:1-11 in Parts (Spanish-English)
Mark 1:9-15 (1 page) Luke 4:1-13 (2 pages)
Lent 2 John 3:1-17 (2 pages)
John 3:1-17 in Parts (1 page)
Mark 8:31-38 (1 page) Luke 13:31-35 (1 page)
Lent 3 John 4:5-42 (5 pages)
John 4:5-42 in Parts (2 pages)
John 2:13-22 (1 page) Luke 13:1-9 (2 pages) 
Lent 4 John 9:1-41 (5 pages)
John 9:1-41 in Parts (3 pages)
John 3:14-21 (1 page) Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 (4 pages)
Lent 5 John 11:1-45 (6 pages)
John 11:1-45 in Parts (Spanish-English) (4 pages)
John 11:1-45 in Parts (English only) (3 pages)
John 12:20-33 (2 pages) John 12:1-8 (2 pages), mp3 audio of John 12:1-8 (Lt 5C)
Palm/Passion Sunday     
   Palm Gospel Matthew 21:1-11 (2 pages) Mark 11:1-11 (2 pages)
or John 12:12-16 (1 page)
Luke 19:28-40 (2 pages)
   Passion Gospel   Mark 14:1—15:47
or Mark 15:1-39(40-47)
Luke 22:14—23:56
or Luke 23:1-49
Monday in Holy Week John 12:1-11 (2 pages) John 12:1-11 (2 pages) John 12:1-11 (2 pages)
Tuesday in Holy Week John 12:20-36 (3 pages) John 12:20-36 (3 pages) John 12:20-36 (3 pages)
John 13:21-32 (2 pages) John 13:21-32 (2 pages) John 13:21-32 (2 pages)
Maundy Thursday John 13:1-17, 31b-35 (3 pages) John 13:1-17, 31b-35 (3 pages) John 13:1-17, 31b-35 (3 pages)
Holy Saturday Matthew 27:57-66 (2 pages)
or John 19:38-42 (1 page)
 
Easter Vigil Matthew 28:1-10 (2 pages)
Rom. 6:3-11 (2 pages)
Mark 16:1-8 (1 page)
Rom. 6:3-11 (2 pages)
Luke 24:1-12 (2 pages)
Rom. 6:3-11 (2 pages)
Easter Sunday
   Principal Service 

 


Acts 10:34-43 (2 pages)
Colossians 3:1-4 (1 page)
John 20:1-18 (2 pages)
John 20:1-10 (RSV)(1 page)
or Matthew 28:1-10 (2 pages)

Acts 10:34-43 (2 pages)
1 Cor. 15:1-11
John 20:1-18 (2 pages)
John 20:1-10 (RSV)(1 page)
or Mark 16:1-8 (1 page)

Acts 10:34-43 (2 pages)
1 Cor. 15:19-26 (2 pages)
John 20:1-18 (2 pages)

John 20:1-10 (RSV)(1 page) 
or Luke 24:1-12 (2 pages) mp3 of Luke 24:1-12
Easter Sunday
   Evening Service

Luke 24:13-49 (6 pages)

Luke 24:13-49 (6 pages) 

Luke 24:13-49 (6 pages)
Monday in Easter Week Matthew 28:9-15    
Tuesday in Easter Week John 20:11-18 (2 pages)    
Wednesday in Easter Week Luke 24:13-35 (4 pages)    
Thursday in Easter Week Luke 24:36b-48 (2 pages)    
Friday in Easter Week John 21:1-14 (3 pages)    
Saturday in Easter Week Mark 16:9-15, 20    
Easter 2 John 20:19-31 (2 pages)  John 20:19-31 (2 pages) John 20:19-31 (2 pages) 
Easter 3 Luke 24:13-35 (4 pages) Luke 24:36b-48 (2 pages) John 21:1-19 (4 pages)
Easter 4 John 10:1-10 (2 pages) John 10:11-18 (1 page) John 10:22-30 (1 page)
Easter 5 John 14:1-14 (2 pages, 20-Apr-2008)
John 14:1-14 (2 pages, 19-May-2011)
John 15:1-8 (1 page) John 13:31-35 (1 page) 
Easter 6 John 14:15-21 (2008 version) (1 page)
John 14:15-21 (2011 version) (1 page)
John 15:9-17 (1 page), audio John 14:23-29 (2 pages)
or John 5:1-9 (2 pages)
Ascension Day Luke 24:44-53 (1 page) Luke 24:44-53 (1 page) Luke 24:44-53 (1 page)
Easter 7 John 17:1-11 John 17:6-19 (2 pages), John 17:20-26 (2 pages)
Pentecost
   Early or Vigil Service
   Principal Service

John 7:37-39 (1 page)
John 20:19-23 (1 page)

John 7:37-39 (1 page)

John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 (2 pages)

John 7:37-39

Acts 2:7-11 in three Hebrew translations (1 page)
John 14:8-17 (2 pages)

or John 14:8-17, 25-27 (3 pages)
Trinity Matthew 28:16-20 (1 page) John 3:1-17 (3 pages) John 16:12-15 (1 page)
Corpus Christi John 6:47-58 (2 pages) John 6:47-58 (2 pages) John 6:47-58 (2 pages)
Proper 1      
Proper 2      
Proper 3 Matthew 6:24-34    
Proper 4      
Proper 5 Matthew 9:9-13, 18-26 Mark 3:20-35 (2 pages) Luke 7:11-17 (1 page)
Proper 6   Mark 4:26-34 (2 pages) Luke 7:368:3 (3 pages)
Proper 7 Matthew 10:24-39 Mark 4:35-41 (1 page) Luke 8:26-39 (3 pages)
Proper 8 Matthew 10:40-42 (1 page) Mark 5:21-43 (3 pages) Luke 9:51-62 (2 pages)
Proper 9 Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 (2 pages) Mark 6:1-13 (2 pages) Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 (2 pages)
Proper 10 Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 (2 pages) Mark 6:14-29 (3 pages) Luke 10:25-37 (2 pages)
Proper 11 Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43 (2 pages) Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 (2 pages) Luke 10:38-42 (1 page)
Proper 12 Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52 (2 pages) John 6:1-21 (3 pages), audio (3m29s, 1,639 KB) Luke 11:1-13 (2 pages)

 

Proper 13 Matthew 14:13-21 (2 pages) John 6:24-35 (2 pages) Luke 12:13-21 (2 pages)
Proper 14 Matthew 14:22-33 (2 pages) John 6:35, 41-51 (2 pages) Luke 12:32-40 (2 pages)
Proper 15 Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28 (2 pages) John 6:51-58 (2 pages) Luke 12:49-56 (2 pages)
Proper 16 Matthew 16:13-20 John 6:56-69 (2 pages) Luke 13:10-17 (2 pages)
Proper 17 Matthew 16:21-28 Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 (2 pages) Luke 14:1, 7-14 (2 pages)
Proper 18 Matthew 18:15-20 Mark 7:24-37 (2 pages) Luke 14:25-33 (2 pages)
Proper 19 Matthew 18:21-35 Mark 8:27-38 (2 pages) Luke 15:1-10 (2 pages)
Proper 20 Matthew 20:1-16 Mark 9:30-37 (2 pages) Luke 16:1-13 (2 pages)
Proper 21 Matthew 21:23-32 Mark 9:38-50 (2 pages) Luke 16:19-31 (2 pages)
Proper 22 Matthew 21:33-46 Mark 10:2-16 (2 pages) Luke 17:5-10 (1 page)
Proper 23 Matthew 22:1-14 Mark 10:17-31 (3 pages) Luke 17:11-19 (1 page)
Proper 24 Matthew 22:15-22 Mark 10:35-45 (2 pages) Luke 18:1-8 (1 page)
Proper 25 Matthew 22:34-46 (2 pages) Mark 10:46-52 (2 pages) Luke 18:9-14 (1 page)
Proper 26 Matthew 23:1-12 Mark 12:28-34 Luke 19:1-10 (2 pages)
Proper 27 Matthew 25:1-13 Mark 12:38-44 (2 pages) Luke 20:27-38 (2 pages)
Proper 28 Matthew 25:14-30 (3 pages) Mark 13:1-8 (2 pages) Luke 21:5-19 (2 pages)
Proper 29/Christ the King Matthew 25:31-46 (2 pages) John 18:33-37 (2 pages)  Luke 23:33-43 (2 pages)
       
Holy Days      
St. Andrew (Nov. 30)     Matthew 4:18-22 (1 page)
St. Thomas (Dec. 21)     John 20:24-29 (1 page)
St. Stephen (Dec. 26)     Matthew 23:34-39 (1 page)
St. John (Dec. 27)     John 21:19b-24 (1 page)
Holy Innocents (Dec. 28)     Matthew 2:13-18 (2 pages)
Holy Name (Jan. 1)     Luke 2:15-21 (1 page)
Confession of Peter (Jan. 18)     Matthew 16:13-19 (1 page)
Conversion of Paul (Jan. 25)     Matthew 10:16-22 (1 page)
The Presentation (Feb. 2)     Luke 2:22-40 (3 pages)
Absalom Jones (Feb. 13 USA)     John 15:12-15 (1 page)
St. Matthias (Feb. 24)     John 15:1, 6-16 (2 pages)
St. Patrick (Mar. 17)     Matthew 28:16-20 (1 page)
St. Joseph (Mar. 19)     Luke 2:41-52 (2 pages)
The Annunciation (Mar. 25)     Luke 1:26-38 (2 pages)
St. Mark (Apr. 25)     Mark 1:1-15 (2 pages)
or Mark 16:15-20 (2 pages)
St. Philip & St. James (May 1)     John 14:6-14 (2 pages)
The Visitation (May 31)     Luke 1:39-57 (2 pages)
St. Barnabas (June 11)     Matthew 10:7-16 (2 pages)
Nativity of John the Baptist (June 24)     Luke 1:57-80 (3 pages)
St. Peter & St. Paul (June 29)     John 21:15-19 (2 pages)
Independence Day (July 4)     Matthew 5:43-48 (1 page)
St. Mary Magdalene (July 22)     John 20:11-18 (2 pages)
St. James the Apostle (July 25)     Matthew 20:20-28 (2 pages)
Transfiguration (Aug. 6) Luke 9:28-36 (2 pages) Luke 9:28-36 (2 pages) Luke 9:28-36 (2 pages)
St. Mary the Virgin (Aug. 15) Luke 1:46-55 (1 page) Luke 1:46-55 (1 page) Luke 1:46-55 (1 page)
St. Bartholomew (Aug. 24) Luke 22:24-30 (1 page) John 6:51-58 (2 pages) Luke 22:24-30 (1 page)
Holy Cross Day (Sep. 14) John 12:31-36a (1 page) audio of Holy Cross Gospel John 12:31-36a (1 page) audio of Holy Cross Gospel John 12:31-36a (1 page) audio of Holy Cross Gospel
St. Matthew (Sep. 21) Matthew 9:9-13 (1 page) Matthew 9:9-13 (1 page) Matthew 9:9-13 (1 page)
St. Michael & All Angels (Sep. 29)     John 1:47-51 (1 page) 
St. Luke (Oct. 18) Luke 4:14-21 (2 pages)
mp3 of Luke 4:14-21 (St. Luke)
Luke 4:14-21 (2 pages)
mp3 of Luke 4:14-21 (St. Luke)
Luke 4:14-21 (2 pages)
mp3 of Luke 4:14-21 (St. Luke)
St. James of Jerusalem (Oct. 23) Matthew 13:54-58 (1 page) Matthew 13:54-58 (1 page) Matthew 13:54-58 (1 page)
St. Simon & St. Jude (Oct. 28) John 15:17-27 (2 pages) John 15:17-27 (2 pages) John 15:17-27 (2 pages)
All Saints (Nov. 1) Matthew 5:1-12 (2 pages) John 11:32-44 (2 pages) Luke 6:20-31; mp3 audio of C-All Saints (Luke 6:20-31)
Thanksgiving Day Luke 17:11-19 Matthew 6:25-33 (2 pages) John 6:25-35 (2 pages)
Burial     John 14:1-6 (1 page)
For the Departed (Funeral)     John 6:37-40 (1 page)
Consecration of a Church     Matthew 7:13-14, 24-25