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…”