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”

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”

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”

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. HaveContinue reading “Psalm 21(22)”

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 areContinue reading “A little context for Matins…”

Why pray the Psalms?

The Liturgy of the Hours is the means by which the Church has continued the prayer life God established through Israel. In praying the Psalms (poetry which Jesus, Mary, and every other member of Israel would have memorized and prayed regularly), we ask God to prepare us as He did His chosen people, learning toContinue reading “Why pray the Psalms?”