Nora D. Brower
Month: March 2017
Hello dear friends!
Sharing some Exciting News!
There will be a Introduction to Gregorian Chant Workshop
***OPEN TO ALL **Not just singers***
Next Tuesday evening March 28,
at St. Peter the Apostle Church, 94 Somerset St. New Brunswick NJ 08901
It is being taught by their Sacred Music Director, Anthony Nardino. Anthony is excited to give this workshop, It really is for *everyone,* not just singers. It will have enough musical “meat” for beginning scholas AND your average choir member as well.
St. Peter’s, located in a college town, has a vibrant community of young people excited to learn and share the Catholic Church’s great patrimony of liturgy and music. Their enthusiasm is inspiring!
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DID YOU KNOW? The Vatican II Council, in the Constitution on the Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, stated that Gregorian Chant was to be given “pride of place” in the liturgy of Catholic Church. The phrase is echoed by Pope Paul VI in Musicam Sacram (March 5, 1967) and repeated in the current General Instruction of the Roman Missal.
DID YOU KNOW? Gregorian Chant is eminently suitable for the sacred Liturgy because itself is sacred in nature; that is, its form and structure make it separate and distinct from the music of the popular culture. In its pure form, chant evolved solely to serve the Liturgy. Its sole purpose is to carry the sacred texts of the Mass and the Scriptures, pulling our hearts and minds away from the worldly and the mundane and up toward God.
Here’s how Philadelphia-based organist and music director Lucy Carroll described Gregorian Chant: “Deriving from Hebraic cantillations of Jewish worship, its long lines weave around the sacred texts, reaching upward like gothic spires or hands raised in prayer….Chant is timeless. It doesn’t sound like a 1950s dance tune, a Broadway ballad, a Sousa march, or anything else that will call up secular or worldly images and feelings. Many of the beautiful chants [we sing now] have been sung for centuries and continue to [build up the faithful].”
From another document composed for the 50th anniversary of Musicam Sacram : “Liturgy is a limen, a threshold that allows us to step from our daily existence to the worship of the angels.”
Please come to this workshop and please do invite others to come. Hope to see you there!
“Cantate Domino Canticum Novum” (Sing a new song to the Lord)
God bless you!
Nora D. Brower
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