January 03, 2010

Support Your Local Chant Scholas

Gentle Reader: Some of my buddies are among the locals here striving to bring more chant back to our local Masses. They are alternately, teachers (in the case of two: literally-lol) and students. They are learning more about the art of chant themselves; but they are always willing to include other men in their group and teach them what they know about reading the notation and using the voice to give thanks to God.

Dan Fisher of Believe and Profess blog is among this number and posted a set of You Tube videos of the recent Vespers for the Vigil of Mary, Mother of God that he assisted with at Sacred Heart in Robbinsdale, Minnesota.

Fr. Bryan J.B. Pedersen, pastor of Sacred Heart, is present and in fine voice as always. Geometricus, Ray from MN and Mr. Tony P are also here.

No, that's not the back of my head in the pews! LOL! I was on the other side of the aisle. There were a few more here than the shots would suggest. Most people sat on the same side I did because it was closest to the parking lot entrance. Also, it's possible they saw the camera and opted not to sit on that side-lol!

If chant is ever going to make the comeback it deserves, it's going to take all of us to make it so. Encouraging laypeople to take up the notation is the only way it's going to happen. Also, encouraging pastors to be open to the possibility of introducing chant into their masses will only be possible if there is a group of people ready to provide it.

I'm so happy that we are so blessed in this Archdiocese to have so much good liturgical music! Sure, I wish there was more, but compared to what many dioceses have, we have a virtual plethora in this Archidiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis.


Blogger Fr. John Mary, ISJ said...

Cathy of Alex: You are 'spot on'.
The recovery of Gregorian chant as an integral part of Catholic worship must happen.
This is our heritage; this is the gift we have been given. I may be prejudiced in this regard (we sing chant almost daily here) and the profound reality of God's Word being sung in the ancient forms is something that truly feeds the soul.
We may need to take "baby steps" in this regard because for so long it has been neglected, hated and ignored.
But it is coming back, bit by bit.
The days of St. Louis Jesuits-Haugen-Haas-Joncas are coming to and end; maybe not everywhere but slowly and surely.
Thanks for this great post!

January 03, 2010 2:20 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Chant is universally hated in our diocese (except, of course, for the FSSP chapel in Coeur d' Alene)

I decided many months ago that I would no longer listen to the likes of Haugen/Haas - ever!

January 03, 2010 2:45 PM  
Blogger belinda said...

But Cathy, if chant makes a comeback what will happen to the "Peter, Paul, and Mary" folkish songs that we sing? The higher -ups already curtailed our Yahweh songs.

Ya know ,what upsets me is that my children do not sing or even know the songs that are part of their Catholic heritage. The songs of their grandparents and before. I'm German and Irish and we don't river dance or invade our neighbors our faith is our heritage and our connection with our family before us.

January 03, 2010 3:09 PM  
Blogger Fr. John Mary, ISJ said...

belinda: Gregorian chant is the "new ethnic music"!
No longer are we Irish, German, Polish, Italian, et. al.
We have to cling to the "faith of our fathers"; Gregorian chant is the ONLY way (along with polyphony and other music derived from both).
"River dance" and "invading our neighbors" are, like, so past...!

January 03, 2010 3:35 PM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

You and Ray really get around donchya. ;)

January 03, 2010 3:44 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Maybe we need an event like the "Disco Demolition Night" in 1979 where we burn recordings of all the folkish dreck we've had to endure in liturgy for the last 30 years? I'll call Mike Veeck!

January 04, 2010 9:54 AM  
Blogger Fr. John Mary, ISJ said...

Cathy of Alex: Isn't that a little "Fundamentalistic":<)!!!
Well, maybe not.
Book burnings were once an honored tradition back, in, well, the middle ages!!
Don't get me wrong...I'm not knockin' them!

January 04, 2010 1:08 PM  

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