Gregorian Chant: The Eternal Song

by Cantor

Energy of chanting

While chanting Lauds this morning, I was quite struck at the ever-increasing sense of “up” that I was feeling as we proceeded through the psalms. What I noticed was that with each psalm, there seemed a greater sense of offering each verse back and forth between men and women that developed a sense of “loft” to the service.
We often speak of chant as “the song of prayer” —  but what did that mean this morning? It actually seemed that each side was helping lift the other side through their chanting, praying the psalms. Here is where the energy of chanting came into play. As we collectively engaged our faces, our posture, our breath — our “selves” — the psalms came to life!
Remembering, of course, that the chant proceeds out of the scripture or other text upon which it is based, engaging our selves in this “energetic flow” becomes a tangible way to physically and spiritually pray through God’s Word and, by extension, God’s own energy – and breath!
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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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