Tenebrae: Canticle of Zachariah

The melody for the Canticle of Zachariah is more elaborate than the psalm tones, so  I thought it would be easiest to do the antiphon and the canticle in the same post. First the antiphon – here it is in solfege: …and with the words: For the canticle itself, keep in mind that the cantorContinue reading “Tenebrae: Canticle of Zachariah”

Tenebrae: Antiphon Melodies

If you have been attending Vespers, it wont take too long for you to catch on with the Tenebrae service this Good Friday.  The cantor will sing the antiphon (and the first verse of the psalm so that you can hear the melody), followed by the two sides singing the psalm/canticle antiphonally (though be sureContinue reading “Tenebrae: Antiphon Melodies”

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…”

Just a helpful perspective…

I came across this Holy Week schedule from 1936  on the New Liturgical Movement, which you all might find interesting and helpful:  As you can see, Tenebrae is celebrated for Holy Thursday, Good Friday,  and Holy Saturday – but they begin on Wednesday.  That is because Compline (night prayer – celebrated at 5:15pm on thisContinue reading “Just a helpful perspective…”

Friday after Ash Wednesday

Hello all, I’m looking forward to getting together this Friday for Vespers.  We have the preparation class at 6 pm in Mary’s room, and Vespers will begin in the Church shortly after the 7 pm Stations of the Cross has finished.  I will get all of the important stuff out of the way by 6:50,Continue reading “Friday after Ash Wednesday”

Friday – Fourth Week of Lent

Hey everyone, There are a few adjustments we will make in order to better fit with the Living Stations.  The  preparation class is being moved to one of the classrooms on the bottom floor of Founders Hall so that we wont have to move in the middle of practice.  There will be signs to helpContinue reading “Friday – Fourth Week of Lent”

Friday in Lent – Eve of the Annunciation

Warning: we have a very exciting Friday Vespers this week! Not only is it “First Vespers for the Feast of the Annunciation” (the feast is on Saturday, so the Divine Office helps us to enter into the mystery of the holy day by preparing the night before), but we will also be praying Mary’s CanticleContinue reading “Friday in Lent – Eve of the Annunciation”

Friday in Lent – Week 2

Great job, once again, with Vespers last Friday!  I actually think the melodies and Psalms for this week are going to be a little easier than our prior experiences, so you will probably catch on quickly. This week, we will begin singing the Our Father in Latin instead of English.  Many of you are probablyContinue reading “Friday in Lent – Week 2”

Friday in Lent – Week 1

Hello all! Well done at last week’s Vespers service!  Everyone seems to have picked up on things pretty quickly. This week will be very similar, so if something didn’t quite sink in, you will have a second chance before we add a new challenge.  The parts that will change are the Psalms (we will beContinue reading “Friday in Lent – Week 1”