Great job with learning the Te Deum and Lux Aeterna! As I mentioned, I would not expect to master a chant the first time it is introduced. Often, you need a night to let things sink in, forget some things, then restudy it, (and repeat). By this, you develop what you have learned in order… Continue reading Joy/Sorrow Practice Videos
Great job last Thursday! I just wanted to share a few videos to help with practicing the chants that were introduced. You'll notice in this recording of the Ave Verum, the schola is singing antiphonally; one side chants the line to the double bar, then the other side chants to the next double bar. This… Continue reading Eucharistic Prayer Videos
Tomorrow, we will be learning a few prayers that can help to focus the mind and heart in times of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. In preparation, you might enjoy this article from the Dominicans in Washington D.C., which is a beautiful reflection on the significance of Christ choosing to retain the appearance of bread… Continue reading Eucharistic Prayers
In our second session of this Intro to Chant series, we will get to know some Marian Prayers that will be helpful throughout the year; the Marian Antiphons. If you joined us for Vespers during Advent and Lent, then you are already familiar with two of them. They all have at least two versions: Simple… Continue reading Tomorrow: Marian Prayers
Happy Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary! It is such a great day to begin our Intro to Chant series; under the heavenly mantel of our Blessed Mother. We will finish the evening singing the Salve Regina - you can practice with this recording if you are not familiar with it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAmydVsNMqM… Continue reading First day of Intro Series / Queenship of Mary
Hello all! As I mentioned previously, we will be offering an "Intro to Chant for Personal Prayer" series beginning next Thursday (August 22nd) from 7 - 8:30 pm. The classes will be held at St. Blaise in the parish office, which is in the building closest to the Church. Many of you have already participated… Continue reading Intro to Chant for Personal Prayer
Just a reminder that there will be a Missa Cantata (sung EF Mass) at St. Blaise this evening at 7 pm in honor of Our Lady of Fatima. The propers are from the Votive Mass of the Immaculate Heart of Mary - you can print out the Latin and English translation below. ImmaculateHeartofMary Hope you… Continue reading Missa Cantata at St. Blaise!
Hello everyone! I hope you are staying cool and dry in this crazy hot and rainy summer. I wanted to give you a heads up (if you are not already aware): Fr. Cizik is offering an EF (Extraordinary Form) Mass at St. Blaise on the 13th of each month in honor of Our Lady of… Continue reading EF Mass at St. Blaise
Well done, everyone! It has been a great blessing to pray with all of you throughout this past Lenten season. I would hate to restrict our experience of chant to the penitential seasons, so here is a little "bonus chant" that is worth learning. To express the joy of our Lord's resurrection, the Marian Antiphon… Continue reading Christ Is Risen!
I am currently preparing for the Communion chant during the Easter Vigil (you may have noticed the Latin/English translation on the Easter Vigil handout) and stumbled across this fun find. First, here is the video that I am using to help prepare: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIIg-j-GiZI As I was searching for videos, I came across the same chant… Continue reading Just a fun find…
Just a little extra help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2JEjEo2NGI Fr. will sing the alleluia 3 times, with us repeating for each, then the cantor will sing the verses with all singing the alleluia. The Latin verse in the video is from Psalm 118(117) which is what will be sung in English. ...See if you can sing a whole… Continue reading Easter Vigil
Just some helpful videos if you would like to become more comfortable with the chants on Holy Thursday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcZfFfOjl8U (remember, the Kyrie/Christe/Kyrie will each be sung twice) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-AsvDn87fo We will repeat the first 4 verses until Fr. finishes the procession and is preparing the incense, then we will begin the Tantum ergo. Visit the Reproaches… Continue reading Holy Thursday
We will be singing the Reproaches two times on Good Friday; during the Veneration of the Cross in the Liturgy (3pm) and during Tenebrae (8pm). It will be sung with a cantor/all dynamic, which I think will help make it more accessible. There are some difficult parts, but with a bit of practice, I do… Continue reading The Reproaches
The melody for the Canticle of Zachariah is more elaborate than the psalm tones, so I thought it would be easiest to do the antiphon and the canticle in the same post. First the antiphon - here it is in solfege: ...and with the words: For the canticle itself, keep in mind that the cantor… Continue reading Tenebrae: Canticle of Zachariah
If you have been attending Vespers, it wont take too long for you to catch on with the Tenebrae service this Good Friday. The cantor will sing the antiphon (and the first verse of the psalm so that you can hear the melody), followed by the two sides singing the psalm/canticle antiphonally (though be sure… Continue reading Tenebrae: Antiphon Melodies
Just a heads up for everyone taking part in Vespers at St. Monica's this Wednesday: with our move into Holy Week, the hymn we are singing will be different than the hymn during Lent. It's a little tricky, so I put together some practice audios. Try singing each verse a couple of times - it… Continue reading New hymn for Wednesday (Holy Week)
We will be offering Tenebrae at St. Blaise on Good Friday, so I thought it would be helpful to share a video provided by Wyoming Catholic College. The video presents a sense of Tenebrae before the changes that were made to the Divine Office a bit before Vatican II. While many have experienced a Tenebrae… Continue reading What is Tenebrae?
The Church Music Association of America (CMAA) regularly offers a summer chant course at Duquesne University (June 23rd - 28th) which is a great opportunity to develop a more thorough understanding of Gregorian Chant. This summer, they will offer two courses: a Chant Intensive, as well as Laus in Ecclesia (level 1). I've taken part… Continue reading Interested in learning more?
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The Canticle of Mary in weeks I and III is a bit more tricky than the other melodies we encounter, so I thought it would be helpful to offer an additional audio to build on what we already learned in Getting to know the Psalm Tones: Weeks I and III. While we practiced the melody… Continue reading Extra help with the Canticle of Mary for Weeks I and III