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”

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”

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…”

A brief history of music notation

I mentioned a little about the development of notation last week and thought you might find this video interesting.  Keep in mind that chant existed through oral tradition before notation was created, so listening to chant is very important to learning. (side note:  some of the pronunciations are a bit off, but the narrator actuallyContinue reading “A brief history of music notation”

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 videoContinue reading “History of Solfege”