Gregorian Chant: The Eternal Song

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.


Waves Lapping on the Beach-apr13

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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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