Thursday, June 14, 2007

New Gregorian Chant Font under development

Sample of Caeciliae font

I just saw an interesting post over at The New Liturgical Movement on a new font being developed that displays Gregorian Chant. The really nice thing about this one is that it is inteded to be free, in order to encourage more chant. It is still under development, but you can download it and test it out as it is right now.

Caeciliae Project

It's bascially a font that you can use in Microsoft Word or other word processors which assigns notes or chant notations to various keys or key combinations on the keyboard.

I have bought the Gregorian Chant font from Saint Meinrads, and I have found it to be very useful in my job making handouts for Mass at our parish.

For instance, here's a sample from the Roman Canon to help people sing the reponse of the Mysterium Fidei in the Roman Canon at the Latin Mass:

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Or I have also made some of the propers into a simpler form from the Graduale Romanum. Here's the Gradual of the 24th Sunday Per Annum (Ordinary Time):

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This tool is great as it helps parishes get out from under the grip of large publishing companies by being able to do simple desktop publishing.

To have a chant font that is free can really help those parishes who have a desire to add more dignity to the Mass.


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