Internet Theology Resources:
Liturgical Studies and Liturgical Music
- Anaphora of Addai
and Mari ("Liturgy of the Blessed Apostles"). Nestorian.
Constitutions (late 3rd or early 4th C.). Syrian. Book 8 of the
Apostolic Constitutions [124K] may be of particular interest,
as it contains details of the so-called "Clementine" liturgy.
Creed (c. 200). Latin text,
- Fernand Cabrol, The
Mass of the Western Rites (1934). Historical, chiefly fifth through twelfth
centuries. 440K plain text file.
- Congregation for Worship
- The Coptic
Liturgy of St. Basil. [52K].
- The Coptic Orthodox Book
of Hours (Agpeya).
- Gerald Darring, Theology Library: Liturgical Year. [12K text,
77K graphics]. Directory of Internet resources. Darring teaches high school
- A brief description of The Divine Liturgies
used in the Byzantine Rite.
- The Divine
Liturgy of St. James (2nd C.?). Jerusalem. Forerunner of some Syriac,
Armenian, and Greek liturgies. [58K].
- The Divine
Liturgy of St. Mark (2nd C.?). Alexandrian. Influenced Greek and Ethiopian
- Eastern Liturgical
- Egeria (4th/5th C.)
- Egeria and the
Fourth Century Liturgy of Jerusalem. Latin text and English translation of
the final third of Egeria's Itinerarium. With
bibliography. Prepared by Michael Fraser.
- The Pilgrimage
of Etheria. 1919 SPCK edition, translated by M.L. McClure and C.L. Feltoe.
Preserves pagination of printed version. "Much is wanting," as the
editors themselves note, but this is the most complete version of Egeria yet
- Ruth Fox, Women in the Bible and the
Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar (1969).
- General Roman
Calendar. With observances proper to the U.S. Best viewed with a browser
that supports tables.
- John Paul II
- Dominicae Cenae (1980). One of a series of annual
letters to priests for Holy Thursday. This one deals with Eucharistic worship
in both senses--inside and outside of the Mass. Also touches on the role of the
- Redemptoris Mater (1987). Encyclical. On the role
of Mary in the life of the Church.
- Felix Just, The Roman
Catholic Lectionary Website. Tables of all the readings in
several editions of the lectionary, comparisons between the 1970 and
1998 U.S. editions and the 1992 Canadian lectionary.
- Justin Martyr (d. c. 165), First Apology
- Lecturas de la
Misa. Readings for Sunday Mass. Latin American Spanish--uses ustedes rather than vosotros.
- Lift Up Your Hearts. From the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. Many valuable resources for
- John Lilburne, RomanRite.com. News of recent developments
in Latin Rite liturgical law, and essays by an Australian student of
- Liturgical Vestments
in use in the Byzantine Rite.
- The Liturgy section from
the Order of St. Benedict home page. One of the best liturgical pages on the
- Liturgy of the
Presanctified Gifts. [60K text, 48K graphics]. Traditionally ascribed to
Gregory the Great, and used by Eastern rites and by the Orthodox on Wednesdays
and Fridays of the Great Lent.
- Roger Mahony, "Gather
Faithfully Together": A Guide for Sunday Mass (1997). [167K]. Cardinal
Mahony of Los Angeles shares his vision of Sunday Eucharist in the parish.
Long. Must reading for parish ministers.
- Mission of the Sacred Heart, Scripture readings for daily and Sunday Mass,
- NAB Lectionary Watch.
Of chiefly historical interest now, but also has references to a number of
interesting articles on inclusive language.
- Paul VI
- Marialis Cultus (1974)
- Mysterium Fidei (1965)
- Sacram Unctionem (1972)
- Quicumque vult, also known as the "Athanasian
Creed." Probably 5th C., with affinities to Vincent of
- Revised Common
Lectionary readings. NRSV.
- Saints: Autobiography, Biography,
- Hippolyte Delehaye, The Legends of
the Saints: An Introduction to Hagiography. Full text of 1907 edition.
517K. Thoughtful, interesting consideration of the principles and process of
- The ECOLE Initiative: Vitæ.
- Paul Halsall, Internet Medieval Sourcebook: Saints' Lives. [96K text,
20K graphics]. New Testament era through the Middle Ages, and helpful links for
- Jacobus de Voragine
(c. 1229-1298), The Golden Legend.
Full text of the immensely popular Legenda Aurea. Each
of 7 volumes of Temple Classics edition (1900) in its own file; some chapters
- Terry Jones, Patron Saints
Index. Brief profiles of 5000 saints and beati,
often with links to other sources of information, and sometimes
excerpts from the saint's writings.
- James Kiefer's
Hagiographies. Anglican. Uses frames. James Kiefer's Christian
Biographies is the no-frames table of contents.
- Rafael María López-Melús, Los Santos Carmelitas.
Carmelite saints. Calendar and biographical essays, in Spanish.
- Ed LoPresti, Lives of the Saints.
Directory. A very good starting point. Also links to related resources.
Calendar. With brief hagiographies. From the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of
North America. Best viewed with a browser that supports tables.
- Kathy Rabenstein, Index of Saints. [90K
text; size of graphic varies]. Rabenstein has drawn on mainly public-domain
hagiographical works in compiling this index of about 11,000 saints and beati. Notes whether the person is included in the Roman
Martyrology, has an approved cultus, or is a center of
popular devotion. Sometimes too sanitized for my taste, but certainly worth a
- Société des Bollandistes, Christian Hagiography. No direct links
to primary texts, but tells where to look. Excellent bibliographies.
- Synexarium. [14K text,
41K graphics]. Coptic Orthodox. Arranged by Coptic date. Search not
- David Woods, The Military
Martyrs. If you have any interest in the soldier saints of late antiquity
and the early medieval period, this is a "must see" site. English
translations of the Latin and Greek primary sources, bibliographies. Woods'
doctoral thesis was on the Christianization of the fourth-century Roman
- Willibald Sandler, Josef Andreas
Jungmann. Brief biography, in German.
Table. In Spanish, from the Chilean bishops' conference. Server is often
- Selections from the Assyrian
- Ukrainian Rite Resources.
Sacramental rites, devotions, tropars and kondaks. Zipped Word 6.0 files.
- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Liturgy of the Hours. Latin Rite Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, Compline,
(partial) Office of Readings; and supplementary information. Also has a general
calendar, and local calendars for many English-speaking countries.
- Vatican II, Sacrosanctum Concilium (Constitution on
Sacred Liturgy, 1963).
- We Believe! U.S.
organization promotes the liturgical reform envisioned by Vatican II. Supports
ICEL. News related to liturgy, quarterly newsletter, analysis and commentary on
liturgical matters of current concern.
- Tzvee Zahavy, Studies in Jewish
Prayer (1990). [388K]. Covers period from 200 B.C.E. to 200 C.E.
- Ben Chi, Pipe Organs and Related
Topics. Archives for the PIPORG-L Internet mailing list, plus many links of
interest to organists.
- Choral Archives.
Small but interesting collection of MIDI, finale (.fnl), and Quicktime movie
files. Some plain text files for lyrics.
- ChoralNet. Home page for several
discussion groups, and points to other online resources for choral music.
Available in English, German, French, and Spanish.
- The Church Music & the Kinetic
Arts section from Lift Up Your Hearts. A goldmine of categorized links.
Sparse annotations, though. [47K text, 12K graphics].
- A Collection of
Hymns for the Use of the People Called Methodists (1876). [118K]. Hymn
- The Cyber Hymnal. Hymn texts and
MIDI files, together on one page. Organ sound. Listed by title. There are
also indexes for special topics. Some pages offer the option of reading a brief
biography of the composer.
- Nigel Day, Hymns.
Historical background on texts and tunes of selected hymns.
- The Exsultet. Text and
RealAudio file, both in English.
- Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676), Hymns. Hymn texts only, in
German and English, from one of the great Lutheran hymnwriters.
- William Graeber, Classical Midi Organ Stop!
[28K text, 50K graphics]. MIDI files, mostly hymnody. Uses frames, which make
it more difficult to find the resources unique to this site. "Pipe
Organ" has sequences: most for MIDI organ, a few for sound cards.
"Midiscan for Fun" is the primary section for MIDI hymntunes for sound
card; these sound like piano. Hymns are listed by title. Also worth
investigating is the "Religious MIDI Links" page, which includes the
Baptist Hymnal, the Lutheran Hymnal, and the
Methodist Hymnal. Most pages automatically begin playing a MIDI
file, but a console is provided so that you can adjust the volume or turn the
- Tad Inoue, Church Music
Research Tools. English and Japanese. Frames-dependent. Featuring an
extensive bibliography: titles in original languages, annotations in Japanese.
Site also has directories of Internet resources related to the study of church
music. Inoue, who has earned both the M.Div. and the M.M.--Church Music, is
pastor of Hekinan Bible Church, Aichi, Japan.
- Sherman Isbell, How
to Use a Split-Leaf Psalter (1997). Review of The Psalms in
Metre (Oxford University Press, 1990), 316 pp.
- Rick Kephart, Gregorian Chant
Notation. Explains how to read Gregorian chant. Must have graphics
- Martin Luther (1483-1546)
- Music for the Church of God. Virtual
hymnal with texts and MIDI files, complete contents of three metrical psalters
online, articles related to metrical psalm singing.
- National Association of Pastoral
Musicians. Membership organization. Web site features news, job listings,
and an electronic mailing list.
"O" Antiphons, from the Dominican Antiphonarium, with the Christmas
Proclamation. For each of the Great O Antiphons, this site provides an image of
Gregorian chant notation with Latin text, an (unfortunately unsingable) English
translation, and a RealAudio file of the Latin.
- Prayer and Song. From
Taizé. Notation, MIDI files for four-part singing, MP3 clips.
- Thomas Ravenscroft, The Whole Booke of
Psalmes: With the Hymnes Evangelicall, and Songs Spiritvall. Scanned page
images of Ravenscroft's psalter of 1621.
- Sacred Congregation of Rites, Musicam sacram
(Instruction on Music in the Liturgy). 5 Mar. 1967.
- Willy Schuyesmans, Gregorian Chant. Of
particular interest are the bibliography (which includes a discography) and
"Gregorian chant on the Net." In Dutch, English, French, and
- William Walker, Southern
Harmony, and Musical Companion. New ed. (1847). The classic of American
shape-note singing. Scores scanned in .gif format, in two sizes. Includes
texts and MIDI files (organ sound), so that you can see the lyrics or the score
while listening to the music. Can search by hymn tune, first line, last name of
composer, or meter.
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