Gregorian Chant: The Eternal Song

By Sr. Fidelis


“Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven?  This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him ascend into heaven.”

The Mode 1 Offertory for Thursday’s Ascension contains a melismatic passage on the word “ascend” that is word painting in sound. Its “startling” leaps span an octave, with many thirds and fifths, all sung in a light and floating manner, according to the ancient notation.  One can only imagine the clouds parting and swirling as he rose from their sight.  Listen to this amazing piece, one of the great gems of the Gregorian repertory.

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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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