Gregorian Chant: The Eternal Song

By Cantor

“I will cry to You, and You will answer Me”              

For those of you who have access to the 1934 Antiphonale Monasticum (it can be found on line), take a look at p. 111. There, halfway down the page, you will find a simple and short antiphon meant to be used for the Divine Office of Terce — the ancient monastic “Hour of the Holy Spirit”. Its translation is the title of this week’s blog.
 
This past week has presented certain challenges and issues that left me unable to find fitting words to pray. So I found myself looking for this antiphon this morning. It is comprised of only four notes, and those in a simple scale, much like a children’s song. It’s that simplicity that I was longing for — the song and faith of a child — calling to God in this short but profound text. 
              
Once again, I was struck that God had used the chant to remind me that He is right here — always available — always ready to answer with just the simplest of requests.
 
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About Cantor

I have been a cantor for over 25 years and an organist for most of my life. Chanting with people at home and across the country is one of my greatest joys. I remember the days of staring at the section of our undergraduate music text thinking to myself "what are all those dots and WHY do I need to know about them?!" Now, 33 years later, I am so grateful that those "dots" have helped teach me many things about God and His love!

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