Learn to Chant the Pater Noster (Our Father)

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First, click on the speaker to the left to hear the chant sung by the priests of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP). Play it a few times so that the sound becomes familiar to you (before the actual Pater Noster, you will hear: “Per omnia saecula saeculorum,” “Oremus,” “Amen,” and a very short prayer).

Next, take the prayer one line at a time. If you’re new to Latin, just memorize the words to the very first line along with that line’s melody (which will make memorizing the prayer in Latin a lot easier!). When that is mastered, move on to the next line, and so on.


The Words of the Pater Noster
Pater noster, qui es in caelis,
sanctificetur Nomen tuum.
Adveniat regnum tuum.
Fiat voluntas tua,
sicut in caelo et in terra.
Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie,
et dimitte nobis debita nostra
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris.
Et ne nos inducas in tentationem,
sed libera nos a malo.

To help you in “hearing” the right notes, click the second speaker at left to hear the melody in a very slowed-down midi format while referring to the modern notation below. A rough pronunciation guide to the Latin appears below each line in red.

Pah-tair   noh-stair   kwee   es   in   chay-lis;   song-tee-fee-chay-tour

No-men   too-um:   ahd-vay-nee-aht   ren-yoom   too-um:   Fee-aht

vo-loon-tahs   too-ah   seek-oot   in   chay-lo   et   in   ter-rah

Pah-nem   noh-stroom   kwo-ti-dee-ahn-oom   dah   noh-bees   oh-dee-ay

Et   dee-mee-tay   noh-bis   day-bee-tah   noh-strah,   sic-oot

et   nohs   di-meet-ti-moos   de-bi-toh-ri-boos   noh-stris

et   neh   nohs   in-doo-cahs   in   ten-tah-tsee-oh-nem

Sed   lee-bay-rah   nohs   ah   mah-loh