Sunday, August 6, 2006


So, your congregation won't sing chant, eh? Well, that's what one music director used to think, according to an e-mail he sent to the fine people at the St. Cecilia Schola Cantorum.

Here's an excerpt:
I taught all of the chants (Kyrie, Sanctus, Agnus Dei) in a single rehearsal and the choir sang them very well. A few grumbled "The congregation won't know them or sing along." Wrong. They did sing them, and rather loudly. Something in the collective Roman Catholic memory was stirred, and I watched with amazement as the young and old read the chants out of the worship aid and sang along almost as well as our dearly beloved "Mass of Creation." Many people complimented me after Mass and said they had never heard such beautiful music ever in that church. The soil here is very fertile....

Now all he's gotta do is ditch Massive Cremation. Don't say anything - just silently do it. It will go away nearly unnoticed.

Read the whole post here.


1 comment:

Kevin said...

Nice article. If they'd only give people a chance, they'd be surprised how many would welcome back the language of the Church.