Gregorian Chant: The Eternal Song

By Cantor

The Silence in Chant 

As part of our journey through Lent, we have been discussing the space between the chanted psalms within the Divine Office. That space — that silence — is meant for meditation and prayer on what has just been chanted and perhaps, what is yet to come.
 
I have  discovered I like my noises. I am not a great one for uncontrolled spaces of silence. The space between the psalms is comparatively long, and though it is less than a minute, it still seemed to me that my mind covered at least six subjects during that space. So, here is the learning point for me: Taking that same peace and engagement with God while chanting into the space of meditation. In a real sense, I am working to elongate the chant through silence while praying and meditating. 
 
Chant blog 3.7.14
 
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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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