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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Article: Gregorian Chant is Returning from Exile. Maybe!

A wonderful article by Sandro Magister can be found here. Some excerpts:

We have undervalued the Christian people’s ability to learn; we have almost forced them to forget the Gregorian melodies that they knew, instead of expanding and deepening their knowledge, including through proper instruction on the meaning of the texts. And instead, we have stuffed them full of banalities.

What a serious mistake! I would go so far as to say that without Gregorian chant, the Church is mutilated, and that there cannot be Church music without Gregorian chant.

Gregorian chant must not remain in the preserve of academia, or the concert hall, or recordings; it must not be mummified like a museum exhibit, but must return as living song, sung also by the assembly, which will find that it satisfies their most profound spiritual tensions, and will feel itself to be truly the people of God.

Yes, Yes! I concur! :) Most importantly, we are doing something about it! :)

Have a most beautiful, prayerful feast today. May the prayers and merits of our most Pure Mother through the privilege of her Immaculate Conception, keep us protected from all snares and bonds of sin. May we always cleave close to her!

Comments [1]

Blogger Aristotle:

So true, and Fr. Miserach's thoughts are my thoughts exactly.

I have made very clear to my fledgling chant choirs that our goal is no less than the full restoration of Gregorian Chant during the liturgy - different Masses for different seasons, all proper antiphons plus psalm verses, including perhaps the florid melismas of the Offertory versicles not found in the Liber. And to sing it with utter awareness of meaning, both textual and musical - as true prayer. Anything less is a continuation of the status quo.

So far, so good. Orate pro nobis!

Thu Dec 08, 04:35:00 AM GMT  

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