Cantate Domino Canticum Novum: Singing to God a New Song

DesertMonks2Recently, about 200 of the who’s who in the expertise of Liturgical & Sacred Music released a statement to mark the 50th anniversary of Musicam Sacram. They described the current circumstance of music serving the liturgy, the de-sensitizing of the sacred through the promulgation of the secular in the pretext of “progress”, and a “liturgical sloth” that has overcome many in leadership positions that restrain an earnest study and a recovery of the sacred traditions of music for the Mass.

The full letter can be viewed here.

For the list of signatories as well as the translations in other languages, they are available here.

It is an exhibition of the vice of “liturgical sloth” to refuse to sing the liturgy, to use “utility music” rather than sacred music, to refuse to educate oneself or others about the Church’s tradition and wishes, and to put little or no effort and resources into the building up of a sacred music program.

Ave Regina Caelorum

avereginacaelorumAfter the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (usually celebrated February 2), the Marian Anthem sung till Easter Vigil is traditionally the Ave Regina Caelorum.

It dates back to Monastic traditions popular from around the 12th century. Herman Contractus (approx. AD 1054) is often suggested as the author although it is not entirely certain. This antiphon is one of the traditional concluding antiphons for Compline.

In English:

Hail, Queen of heaven,
hail Lady of the angels.
Hail root and gate from which the Light of the world was born.

Rejoice glorious Virgin, fairest of all.
Fare thee well, most beautiful, and pray for us to Christ.

Download the Ave Regina Caelorum chant sheet here.

New Year, New Goals? Learn the sung traditions of the Church!

Fr. Kenneth Gopal, OCD celebrating Mass at Church of Sts. Peter & Paul Singapore, Easter Sunday, 2016

Dear friends
Over the course of the year, we’ve had the privilege of singing in the newly restored Church of Sts. Peter & Paul. The efforts to restore the sacred beauty of the church continues to inspire us in restoring the beauty of the traditions for sung Mass.

We are inviting interested friends to join us in singing the Saturday 5:30pm Masses at Sts. Peter & Paul.

If you are open to discovering chant, polyphonic motets, praise anthems, and music history, then come & have a private chat with us on either date: Saturday 14 Jan or Saturday 21 Jan (3:30pm – 4:30pm). There will be a simple voice test to discover your voice & singing experience. More information about the choir can be found at (About Us).

Ability to read music (basic understanding of solfege, pitching the notes in a score, awareness of accidentals & rhythm) & previous experience with SYF choirs will certainly be most helpful, but not a pre-requisite.

The music direction will be closely aligned to Church Documents governing Sacred Music for Catholic Liturgical celebrations. You may expect the genre to be in the likes of:

– Gregorian Chant

– Plain Chant

– Polyphonic motets

– Congregational strophic hymns in both Latin & the vernacular

Reading of chant notation and other aspects of music education will be taught as part of our choral program. Quarterly workshops, scheduled one-to-one/two coaching, choral exchange, participation in recitals are also organized to enrich the journey of choristers.

For those interested, please email us your information so we may schedule a time-slot on the two mentioned dates. Our contact information is found in the links above. 

1. Name

2. Mobile

3. Email

4. Choral experience if any

5. Music education if any

Feel free to forward this information to your friends who may be open to being a part of the Sts. Peter & Paul Saturday 5:30pm choir.

Thanks and have a blessed rest of Christmastide. May the reason for the season bring peace to your homes.

Christmastide Chorale 2016


We’ve had 4 weeks of Advent without the Gloria, or the sound of the organ, or polyphony, or motets or celebration, to accentuate the yearning for Christ come Christmas Day!

The choir will be presenting 10-15 minutes of Christmas Choral works before the Masses that we’ll be singing at in the Church of Sts. Peter & Paul. We welcome everyone to join us in the festivities 🙂

And if you’re open to discovering about Church Music History, or the chants, or sacred polyphony & motets, feel free to drop us an email at SPPChoir at Gmail to find out more about us.

We’ll be more than happy to meet with you on January 14 & 21 (Saturdays), Room 7 (Level 2 of the parish building), 3:30pm – 4:30pm for auditions. Registration details will be made known via email.

Christus Vincit: Music for Christ the King

Christ the King was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925 as a reminder to the faithful that despite the political upheavals present in that time:

  • the dissolution of the Papal States,
  • the Italian Unification resulting in large amounts of church property being confiscated,
  • the rise of Communism, Fascism and Nazism throughout Europe
  • the recent conclusion of World War I
  • the materialism that was evident in the United States before the Great Depression in 1929

Read More…

Sacerdotal Ordinations and Anniversaries: 5 Reasons to celebrate

josephratzinger-youngI was delighted to find a video of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (Joseph Ratzinger) being ordained into the priesthood on 29th June 1951 (coincidentally, Solemnity of Sts. Peter & Paul). The accompanying chant in the video: the “Te Deum”.

The priestly ordination, is like a marriage. The person marries into the Church, just as Christ takes the Church as his bride. Often, the church is filled with religious communities, brother priests, seminarians and aspirants, family members, friends, community representatives, sometimes government representatives, and the parish community. Why is it such a highly celebrated affair? Why is it that throngs would flock to a priestly ordination whether one knows the person being ordained or not? Why should we celebrate their anniversaries with equal effort to how we celebrate our marriage anniversaries?

We list a few reasons that may encourage us to be more charitable to the priests who serve us as we congratulate them on their Sacerdotal Ordination or Anniversary (they may be without friends or community who may remember their anniversary or who wish to celebrate it with equal enthusiasm), or as we encourage those who are still undergoing formation to be ordained. Read More…

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Lady of Mount Carmel Scapular

This weekend, we will celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the parish of Sts. Peter & Paul, since we are under the pastorship of the Discalced Carmelites (OCD).

After the Mass, there will be a candlelit procession around the compound of the church accompanied by the recitation of the rosary and Marian antiphons / hymns. At the end of the procession, there will be the investiture of the Brown Scapular.

A limited number of the Missalette (Our Lady of Mount Carmel) will be made available as you enter the main entrance of the church for the Saturday 5:30pm Mass. Feel free to download, print and bring your own. Read More…

Corpus Christi Procession


If you are visiting the parish of Sts. Peter & Paul on Saturday 28 May for the 5:30pm Mass, we would like to invite you to also join us in the Corpus Christi Procession following the Mass.

You may wish to refer to the Missalette that will be distributed, or feel free to download a copy for yourself to print before coming for the Mass. We would like to discourage the use of any mobile devices, no matter how sincere the intention, during the Mass. We hope you can understand.

Have a blessed feast of Corpus Christi everyone 🙂

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