Hidden Treasures

by Sr. Fidelis

Last week we celebrated the feast of the Holy Cross, and while this feast falls only once in the year we found ourselves chanting some of the same familiar Antiphons and Hymns from Holy Week. Coming into Lauds my mind was swirling with busyness, thoughts and worries about the upcoming pressures of the day. It probably took a full Psalm for me to settle but as I wrangled my mind into focus on the service at hand I experienced a moment of clarity and revelation. The words sitting before me were the answers to all my concerns: words about sacrifice and love and the resulting victory and salvation. I felt kind of caught up short as the power of the words I was reading without really paying attention dawned on me. The antiphon “Ecce Crucem Domini” particularly spoke to me: Behold the cross of the Lord; flee, you hostile parties; the lion of the tribe of Judah has conquered, the root of David, Alleluia!

 
Here is a simple piece written in mode I with a fairly narrow range and yet in its way expressive: “Fugite” (flee) rising as if we are shaking our fists at the enemy, “vicit leo” (the victorious lion) crouching on lower notes and then rising as he goes. I saw a picture in front of me that gave me goosebumps, and for a moment my concerns seemed so small. It is visions like these that I want to let grow in my life.
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About Sr. Fidelis

I am 46 years old, and have been a Sister at the Community of Jesus for 26 years. Having grown up here, I have been singing Gregorian chant since I was 10! I was very blessed to study Gregorian chant with Dr. Mary Berry in Cambridge, England and here at home. Recently, I have been able to do some radio and tv interviews, sharing about the blessings of Gregorian chant. I love leading chant workshops, and have been able to do that in the US and abroad.

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