Chant basics with the Pater Noster

Hi everyone! We will be beginning this next series of Vespers soon, so I wanted to go over a little basics for reading chant notation (square notes). If you are not familiar with chant notation, here are some points for where it differs from modern notation ("round notes"): 4 line staff - only 4 lines... Continue Reading →

Christ is born! Glorify Him!

I just wanted to extend an extra "Thank you" to everyone who took part in Advent Vespers this past season.  It has been wonderful preparing for the joy of Christmas with all of you! There is a good possibility we will be able to offer Vespers during Lent at both locations, so keep an eye... Continue Reading →

Just a fun find

I came across this article on New Liturgical Movement about the O antiphons... ...the article presents some additional information regarding how the O antiphons were incorporated in prayer during the medieval times. What I found particularly interesting was that in the monastery, they would assign individuals to intone the antiphon for that day based... Continue Reading →

3rd Sunday of Advent and O Antiphons

Hey everyone! Here is the schedule for this week: Gaudete Sunday (16th) at St. Monica's - 6:30 prep class, followed by 7:30 Vespers Monday (17th) through Sunday (23rd) at St. Blaise - starting at 7:30 each evening, we will have a brief reflection on the Old Testament title for the Messiah presented in the O... Continue Reading →

Great Job!

Hi everyone! We just completed our first evenings at St. Monica's and St. Blaise with many returning and new participants.  The first week is always a bit rusty (especially for me), but everything will become more comfortable as we go along.  In Week II, I will explain a bit more about how to understand square... Continue Reading →

Getting ready…

Hey everyone! I'm excited we will be offering more opportunities to chant Vespers this season.  We will be at St. Monica's on Sundays (Dec 2, 9, 16), and at St. Blaise on Wednesdays (Dec 5, 12) and for the O Antiphon days (Dec 17-23).  Visit the About page for the Church addresses.   A preparation... Continue Reading →

August opportunity

Good news! A new Sacred Music Retreat was brought to my attention that you might find interesting.  It is at the Oratory in Cincinnati, from August 8th to 12th, the cost is $450 (includes room and meals).  The focus will be on singing for the Extraordinary Form Mass, as well as the Divine Office.  This... Continue Reading →

Thank you!

Thank you all for taking part in this Intro to Chant series.  I just wanted to share a few things that we went over in class for those who were not able to join us. Here is a worthwhile reflection by Msgr. Pope on the quality of prayer that we find in tradition.  I think... Continue Reading →

Pentecost Sunday

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 →

May 17th

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 →

May 10th – Ascension Thursday

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 →

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