History of Solfege

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 →

Psalm 21(22)

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 →

A little context for Matins…

We have a lot of ground to cover during our 7-7:45 preparation class on Good Friday, and I would hate for our focus on the chants to prevent us from engaging with the heart of the prayer.  I will offer some notes as we go along, but for a better understanding of what we are... Continue Reading →

Magnificat

We are coming up to Friday in the Third Week of Lent; half-way through our time in the desert (there are five weeks in Lent, not including Holy Week).  This Friday, we will be meeting at St. Mary's Cemetery Chapel for the Prep class at 6, and with Vespers starting at 7:15ish (I'm aiming to... Continue Reading →

Why pray the Psalms?

The Liturgy of the Hours is the means by which the Church has continued the prayer life God established through Israel. In praying the Psalms (poetry which Jesus, Mary, and every other member of Israel would have memorized and prayed regularly), we ask God to prepare us as He did His chosen people, learning to... Continue Reading →

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