by Sr Fidelis
Last week, we listened to the Paschal Invitatory Antiphon and a portion of Psalm 95 as it would be sung at the beginning of Matins. The solo cantor sang the entire antiphon and portions of the psalm to a special tone.
This week, we look at the same antiphon and psalm as it is sung at the beginning of our Lauds service. You’ll notice that everyone joins in after the cantor intones. This leads right in to the psalmody, chanted in Mode VI. Here we can listen to the back and forth of the psalmody, the slight rise and fall of each verse, and the almost seamless passing of verse from side to side. Gregorian psalmody has often been compared to the ebb and flow of waves at the beach. Just at the point where one wave recedes, another is flowing in on top of it. Chanting the psalms is both energizing and calming at the same time.