Another Aspect of “The Big Picture”
We have always believed that chant belongs to the entire Church! It is one of the premises on which we stand to love and teach the chant. When developing a name for our chant page on Facebook, we wanted to make sure that anyone with a love for chant and desire to learn more, knew that this page was for them. So we came up with the name — “Gregorian Chant is for Everyone — Getting Started/ Learning More.”
A friend showed me this quote from the German Theologian, Dietrich Bonhoffer, as he identified all Christians by what they sing: “Only he who cries out for the Jews may also sing Gregorian [chant]”
(Woelfel, James W. 1970. Bonhoeffer’s Theology: Classical and Revolutionary. New York: Abingdon Press, p. 248). Here Bonhoffer identifies the church by the song which has helped unite her members for over 2000 years — the chant! Let us work for that same identification today!