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 it is insightful in explaining why we should seek to become familiar with many traditional prayers in order for them to enter into our heart, as well as why it is so valuable in people of different generations and backgrounds to unite in these prayers.
During class, we started with the Marian Antiphon for after Pentecost to the First Sunday of Advent; the Salve Regina. We focused on the Simple Tone:
Of course, there is also a Solemn Tone:
I also mentioned a little about the origin of the prayer, which can be found (along with the origin of four other well known prayers) here.
Next, we went over Adoro Te Devote:
If you would like a reflection on the prayer, here is one given by the Pontifical Household preacher in 2004.
Our last chant was the Anima Christi (popularized by St. Ignatius of Loyola). Here is a brief article in the significance of the prayer in the life of one woman’s family. Unfortunately, I can’t find a recording for the version we learned, but here is one that is beautifully done:
It was great getting to know these prayers with all of you! I look forward to our next opportunity!