Joy/Sorrow Practice Videos

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

Eucharistic Prayer 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

Eucharistic Prayers

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

Tomorrow: Marian 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

First day of Intro Series / Queenship of Mary

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

Christ Is Risen!

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!

Just a fun find…

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…

Holy Thursday

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

Tenebrae: Canticle of Zachariah

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

Tenebrae: Antiphon Melodies

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