Gregorian Chant: The Eternal Song

by Sr Fidelis  

Puer – Son – Child

Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, whose government is upon his shoulders; and his name shall be called the angel of great council. Isaiah 9:6 ( verse) – Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds. Ps. 97:1

These prophetic words become joyous reality for us Christmas Day.  This jubilant chant is the Introit for the Mass of the Day, and is used for the entire week of the 25th!  Many illuminated manuscripts, such as the one below, depict the manger scene, enclosed in a beautifully decorated “P” for  the first word,Puer.

The Introit begins with the triumphal leap of an open fifth, again repeated at the second phrase. The climax of the chant occurs on the word “imperium” which is “reign” or “government”. In these troubling times, the eternal truth and reality of this ancient text, so beautifully expressed with the Gregorian melody, gives us hope and joy.
 
 
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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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