Designed to tutor assemblies and their ministers in the homely ways of singing the Mass, not just singing at Mass, By Flowing Waters is a primer of liturgical music. This treasury of nearly 700 chants and songs based on authentic chants provides the best and most accessible of the Roman Catholic plainsong tradition for use by assemblies, cantors, and choirs.
The goal of By Flowing Waters is to let the text be primary and the music its servant. It is ecumenical in its design for eucharistic worship in liturgical Churches and its use by Free Churches who wish to add chant to the sung prayer of their congregations. A graceful translation has been fitted to an adaptation of the traditional chant historically associated with it and succeeds with clear and simple phrases for responses, and well-marked verses for the cantor.
Texts are drawn almost entirely from the Bible, including 102 psalms and nineteen canticles of the Old and New Testaments. The volume also includes the entire repertory of the Simple Gradual, the Simple Kyriale, and Jubilate Deo. The litanic/responsorial style of the entire collection moves the work of worship between the cantor and the assembly, giving new meaning to the word "liturgy" and to the keynote of the liturgical renewal, full, active, conscious participation.
By Flowing Waters is a version of the second of two official song books of the Roman liturgy, the Graduale Romanum (the Roman Gradual) and the Graduale Simplex (the Simple Gradual). As the sacramentary is the presider's book, the book of the Gospels is the deacon's, and the lectionary is the reader's, the gradual is the liturgical book belonging to the schola cantorum (the group of singers who render more difficult pieces at a liturgical function). Used for the singing of the Proper of the Mass in English, the Simple Gradual is a properly integrated part of the liturgical renewal. Its purpose is to afford a greater opportunity for community participation in songespecially through congregational singing of brief refrains and responses to the longer verses sung by a cantor, schola, or choir.
The music in By Flowing Waters has ancient sources but only one Source, the Word. With respect to the antiphons, acclamations, hymns, and songs, expresses the meaning of the original words to convey the same meaning to those who speak English. In regard to the psalmody (the ways to sing psalms, canticles, and other long texts) it lets these ancient tones become the tunes to carry the Hebrew and Greek poetry which is freshly translated into English in the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. Cantors, liturgists, parish music directors, choir directors, choir members, schools and religious communities who sing on weekdays as well as Sundays, will find By Flowing Waters provides the best traditions of simple and unaccompanied chant that meet the expectations of aesthetic quality and musical scholarship. In addition, it can serve as both a scholarly reference for liturgists and a professional reference for liturgical musicians.
By Flowing Waters is a collection for congregations of praying Christians, Christians who sing because they have something to sing about (the goodness of God), to sing for (the salvation of the world), and someone to sing with (the Son of God). By providing the Simple Gradual in English and through the use of other chant resources, By Flowing Waters is in the fullest harmony with that song.
Beautifully bound; includes two ribbon markers.
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Paul F. Ford, PhD, is professor of theology and liturgy at St. John's Seminary, Camarillo, California, and the convening composer of the Collegeville Composers Group, the authors of the Psallite project.