As I mentioned in class, there will be a Traditional Low Mass at St. Titus in Aliquippa this Sunday for the Feast of Pentecost. The Mass will begin at noon, with the rosary and confession starting at 11:30. After the Mass, we will sing the Veni Creator, which provides a wonderful opportunity for a plenary... Continue Reading →
In preparation for Pentecost, we will be focusing on two chants: the Magnificat (the song of Our Blessed Mother, enlivened by the Holy Spirit), and the Veni Creator Spiritus (the traditional Hymn to the Holy Spirit). The Magnificat has a variety of melodies, so we will become familiar with how to read the different modes... Continue Reading →
I mentioned a little about the development of notation last week and thought you might find this video interesting. Keep in mind that chant existed through oral tradition before notation was created, so listening to chant is very important to learning. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kUCSrAMaLo (side note: some of the pronunciations are a bit off, but the narrator... Continue Reading →
Reminder: Class will be held in the Youth Room (bottom floor) in Founder's Hall. Let me know if you plan to join us after attending the 7pm Mass at St. Monica's. Here is what to expect: We will begin with the Pater Noster, for which I will hand out the music, but I will not... Continue Reading →
We will be using solfege throughout the course in order to warm up our voices and to become comfortable with the melodies (though probably not as thoroughly as we did on the first day). With that, you may be interested in learning a little more about the history of solfege. Here is a fun video... Continue Reading →
It may be helpful to have a idea of what to expect for our first class on May 3rd. We will have two prayers through which the basics for chant and Latin pronunciation will be introduced. The first is the Ave Maria, which many of you are probably familiar with. Here is a video to... Continue Reading →
Beautiful job last night! Thank you all for taking part - I received many positive responses - even from those who were only able to join us for the last couple of candles. It was a pleasure praying with all of you. I look forward to our next opportunity. Have a joyful and blessed Easter!!
I know, I've already given you a lot of lectures to enrich our prayer, but I'm hoping you will be open to one more. This lecture (also with the ICC - no, they're not paying me) was given last Sunday. It places Christ's reference to Psalm 22 within the larger context of His humanity/temptation/suffering/hope. https://vimeo.com/262269593... Continue Reading →