Pastoral Dialogue

By Sr. Fidelis

The Lauds Antiphons for Christmas Day and Week begin with an amazing question: “Whom did you see, shepherds?”

The drama of the text is heightened as a second question follows. “Speak: Announce to us who has appeared on the earth?” Then the answer comes from all the shepherds, “We have seen the newborn One, and choirs of angels praising God together, alleluia, alleluia”.

This wonderful bit of dialogue puts us right in the scene! Can we possibly imagine the joy, excitement and wonder in the faces and voices of the shepherds, returning from their visit to the Bethlehem stable?

The antiphon is a simple one: 4 notes in Mode 2, which are repeated and  give a “conversational ” quality to the tune, illuminating the dialogue.

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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.

One thought on “Pastoral Dialogue

  1. Dear Sr. Fidel’s,
    Thank you for posting this! I am a sister of an Episcopal Order of St. Helena. We sing Office four times a day in English, and we enjoy it.., but – it feels so natural, comfortable and lovely to sing in Latin! Is it because plain chants were originally sung in Latin?

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