Preparation for Easter

Hey everyone. I know this has been a particularly difficult Lent, and it is with great sadness that we anticipate Easter Sunday without the full joy of being present in the liturgical celebrations. This is a time in which our small efforts will make a big difference in our ability to take part in theContinue reading “Preparation for Easter”

In this challenging time…

As we are adapting to mitigate the danger faced to our vulnerable brothers and sisters by the coronavirus, you may be interested in learning a prayer uniquely suitable for this time. The link offers more information, along with a helpful practice audio. https://www.ccwatershed.org/2020/03/13/stella-caeli-a-hymn-against-pestilence/ You might also find this post regarding prayer in time of lock-downContinue reading “In this challenging time…”

Ordinaries for Feb 13th

I’m sorry I had to cancel the Beginner’s Schola class on Jan 30th, but I hope the videos in this post will help you prepare on your own. We will be working primarily with Mass IX (Cum jubilo), which is used for solemnities and feasts of Our Lady. The Mass that will be offered onContinue reading “Ordinaries for Feb 13th”

Advent Update

Happy New Liturgical Year!!! Unfortunately, we are not able to organize sung Vespers at St. Monica and St. Blaise this season.   With praying Vespers during Advent and Lent for the past 3 years, I’m going to miss coming together to chant the psalms, along with meditating on the O Antiphons in preparation for the birthContinue reading “Advent Update”

Illuminated Requiem exhibit/presentation at St. Blaise

The last opportunity to see the Illuminated Requiem exhibit will be this Wednesday, Nov 20th at St. Blaise.  The exhibit has been visiting different locations throughout the month of November, seeking to assist in prayer for the deceased.  Join us at 6pm for the presentation, exploring the content of the prayers of the Requiem Mass. Continue reading “Illuminated Requiem exhibit/presentation at St. Blaise”

Schola prep – just some extra help with singing

We have not focused on the specifics of singing in the past – largely because I am not trained in this area, but also because praying through chant does not require a soloist voice.  It is a little different when seeking to sing for the Liturgy though.  In this case, the extra effort in trainingContinue reading “Schola prep – just some extra help with singing”

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”

First day of Intro Series / Queenship of Mary

Happy Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary! It is such a great day to begin our Intro to Chant series; under the heavenly mantel of our Blessed Mother.  We will finish the evening singing the Salve Regina – you can practice with this recording if you are not familiar with it: YouContinue reading “First day of Intro Series / Queenship of Mary”

Intro to Chant for Personal Prayer

Hello all! As I mentioned previously, we will be offering an “Intro to Chant for Personal Prayer” series beginning next Thursday (August 22nd) from 7 – 8:30 pm.  The classes will be held at St. Blaise in the parish office, which is in the building closest to the Church.  Many of you have already participatedContinue reading “Intro to Chant for Personal Prayer”

Christ Is Risen!

Well done, everyone!  It has been a great blessing to pray with all of you throughout this past Lenten season. I would hate to restrict our experience of chant to the penitential seasons, so here is a little “bonus chant”  that is worth learning.  To express the joy of our Lord’s resurrection, the Marian AntiphonContinue reading “Christ Is Risen!”

Just a fun find…

I am currently preparing for the Communion chant during the Easter Vigil (you may have noticed the Latin/English translation on the Easter Vigil handout) and stumbled across this fun find. First, here is the video that I am using to help prepare: As I was searching for videos, I came across the same chant thatContinue reading “Just a fun find…”