Miss Singing Vespers? Another Home Chant Opportunity

Good news! A Webinar on Chanting Monastic Vespers will be offered online by Jennifer Donelson (Director of Sacred Music at St. Joseph’s Seminary) from 5-6:10pm for the next few Sundays (May 3, 10, 17 and 24). Instruction will be provided in the first 40 minutes, followed by praying Vespers. The webinar is free and youContinue reading “Miss Singing Vespers? Another Home Chant Opportunity”

Chant study at home

Hello all! I hope you had a joyful Feast of the Resurrection and that you are continuing to tap into the Pascha celebration as we endure the challenges of this coronavirus situation. The few schola events that we had planned are up in the air at the moment, so I unfortunately don’t know when theContinue reading “Chant study at home”

Joy/Sorrow Practice Videos

Great job with learning the Te Deum and Lux Aeterna!  As I mentioned, I would not expect to master a chant the first time it is introduced.  Often, you need a night to let things sink in, forget some things, then restudy it, (and repeat).  By this, you develop what you have learned in orderContinue reading “Joy/Sorrow Practice Videos”

Eucharistic Prayer Videos

Great job last Thursday! I just wanted to share a few videos to help with practicing the chants that were introduced. You’ll notice in this recording of the Ave Verum, the schola is singing antiphonally; one side chants the line to the double bar, then the other side chants to the next double bar.  ThisContinue reading “Eucharistic Prayer Videos”

Eucharistic Prayers

Tomorrow, we will be learning a few prayers that can help to focus the mind and heart in times of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament.  In preparation, you might enjoy this article from the Dominicans in Washington D.C., which is a beautiful reflection on the significance of Christ choosing to retain the appearance of breadContinue reading “Eucharistic Prayers”

Tomorrow: Marian Prayers

In our second session of this Intro to Chant series, we will get to know some Marian Prayers that will be helpful throughout the year; the Marian Antiphons.  If you joined us for Vespers during Advent and Lent, then you are already familiar with two of them.  They all have at least two versions: SimpleContinue reading “Tomorrow: Marian Prayers”