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!