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 →

Benedictus

Here is the practice material for the Canticle of Zachariah.  A helpful way to remember that jump from "re" to "la" in the second syllable is to think of the Star Wars song - once you have the movement from the low note to the high note in your head, it will be much easier... Continue Reading →

Antiphon melodies

Why do we solfege?  It is the best way for us to both learn each note of the melody with accuracy, as well as strengthen our ability to learn chants in the future. Thus, I provided the melody with the solfege underneath, and then included an audio that you can practice with.  Listen as you... Continue Reading →

Just a helpful perspective…

I came across this Holy Week schedule from 1936  on the New Liturgical Movement, which you all might find interesting and helpful:  As you can see, Tenebrae is celebrated for Holy Thursday, Good Friday,  and Holy Saturday - but they begin on Wednesday.  That is because Compline (night prayer - celebrated at 5:15pm on this... Continue Reading →

What is Tenebrae?

We have begun our preparation for Tenebrae, which will be on Good Friday, so I thought I would share a video provided by Wyoming Catholic College.   The video presents a sense of Tenebrae before the changes that were made to the Divine Office around the time of Vatican II. Many churches currently offer what is... Continue Reading →

Friday after Ash Wednesday

Hello all, I'm looking forward to getting together this Friday for Vespers.  We have the preparation class at 6 pm in Mary's room, and Vespers will begin in the Church shortly after the 7 pm Stations of the Cross has finished.  I will get all of the important stuff out of the way by 6:50,... Continue Reading →

Friday – Fourth Week of Lent

Hey everyone, There are a few adjustments we will make in order to better fit with the Living Stations.  The  preparation class is being moved to one of the classrooms on the bottom floor of Founders Hall so that we wont have to move in the middle of practice.  There will be signs to help... Continue Reading →

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