I just happened to come across a beautiful meditation on the Rorate Caeli, an Advent Hymn which the schola will sing after the Communion verse on the 13th. Here is a recording of the chant to help you become familiar: https://youtu.be/f06qdhO_sEY The meditation is from the Dominicana Journal (click the link to read), reflecting on the… Continue reading An Advent Hymn for the 13th
We will be learning Mass XVIII (the Ordinary chant setting for ferias, vigils, etc. during Advent and Lent), along with a few hymns appropriate for the season. Please invite anyone you think might be interested. I hope you can join us!
Happy New Liturgical Year!!! Unfortunately, we are not able to organize sung Vespers at St. Monica and St. Blaise this season. With praying Vespers during Advent and Lent for the past 3 years, I'm going to miss coming together to chant the psalms, along with meditating on the O Antiphons in preparation for the birth… Continue reading Advent Update
The last opportunity to see the Illuminated Requiem exhibit will be this Wednesday, Nov 20th at St. Blaise. The exhibit has been visiting different locations throughout the month of November, seeking to assist in prayer for the deceased. Join us at 6pm for the presentation, exploring the content of the prayers of the Requiem Mass. … Continue reading Illuminated Requiem exhibit/presentation at St. Blaise
Please share with anyone you think might be interested. I hope you can attend!
We have not focused on the specifics of singing in the past - largely because I am not trained in this area, but also because praying through chant does not require a soloist voice. It is a little different when seeking to sing for the Liturgy though. In this case, the extra effort in training… Continue reading Schola prep – just some extra help with singing
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