Gregorian Chant: The Eternal Song

By Cantor

Simplicity: Chant for all of us 

I was struck this week that the weekday mass for Lent has a very similar simplicity to the opening of Lauds.
The weekday mass ordinary movements (Kyrie, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei)  for Lent are the same as the ordinary for the mass for the dead. Made familiar to many of us through use in numerous choral works, this mass consists largely of chanting “by step” rather than “by leap” which is so typical of children’s songs!  
What incredible insight and teaching to have the same ordinaries for the Mass for the Dead and the weekday Mass for Lent! Such simple and profound chants, easily chanted by young and old alike, show us again that these chants are for everyone. All of us experience the liturgical seasons just as all of us have or will experience all of the seasons of life. Uniting us through the ordinary of the mass is a perfect way to teach this precept. 
chant blog 3.21.14
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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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