I am the canter at my local Catholic Church, and need to discretely say "all together" in Latin to invite people to sing the response for the Kyrie, and other chants.

I've found a few words that might match the meaning I'm looking for, but I'm not very experienced with Latin grammatical rules, and don't want to say something that cannot be used by itself. I rather learn the translations of the chants by heart, and therefore only know the words I ever had to use when signing.

These two sources provide a few plausible expressions:

Or is there a commonly used expression that canters or the priest use to indicate to the assembly to sing along?

2 Answers 2


I do not know what is usually said, but in musical notation, the expressions are sometimes found:

Chorus/concentus plenus means "the full chorus," which seems like it is not really a form of address. I would therefore suggest saying Omnes, which, to be honest, would have been a very obvious idea in the first place.

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    What about "canite una" = "(All) sing at the same time"/ "in one company"/ "together", where "una" is an adverb?
    – tony
    Aug 8, 2022 at 13:12
  • @tony Sounds valid and correct, but I would say I prefer omnes for practical reasons, given that it is shorter and more discrete. Thanks, though!
    – GPWR
    Aug 8, 2022 at 14:55
  • I like omnes, or maybe omnes una, which is almost a calque of the English phrase.
    – Figulus
    Aug 24, 2022 at 0:49

What about “toti”? The advantage is that in Italian (the Latin of classical music) you use “tutti” to mean “all together”, the opposite of “solo”.

  • Not bad. 🤔 Thank you. :)
    – GPWR
    Aug 10, 2022 at 20:25
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    I think this is the best answer. It would be immediately obvious to me, but perhaps that's from listening to classical music.
    – cmw
    Nov 14, 2022 at 4:15

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