Gregorian chant at a new location

That’s what’s been keeping me busy lately.

The starting point was, I’d like to get to a sung Mass reularly – Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, Missa Cantata, whatever you want to call it. We’ve kinda got enough people to pull it off (it doesn’t take much) but they’re all hyper busy. And I’m sure there are people out there who would be interested if they knew about it and had the chance to learn bit by bit.

The pulling things together is the thing – ideally everyone would have a Liber (available here) but even so, we’re still not up to singing everything as written in the book and need things put in psalm tones (Super handy psalm tone tool here).

Right now I should be running through the Mass for tomorrow night – Our Lady Help of Christians. And then there’s Pentecost this Sunday. Corpus Christi is next on the agenda followed by the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (which falls on a special day this year, so you all have to come, and there’ll be cake and candles afterwards).

Go look now!

Latin Choir Vocabulary

Latin Choir Vocabulary crossword – tested by Patrick with minimal prompting from Peter.

If that link stops working, here is a local copy.

More work on next week’s Latin Choir group at Providence.

The Mass part for the day is the Kyrie.  The new venue has a CD player so here’s a chance to show off some audio.  Since Kyrie is Greek maybe listening to some Greek Orthodox chant would be good for a change.  Looking for samples on the internet is interesting because they’re all in Έλληνας – or something like that. Googling Κύριε ελέησον brought up – a great website with lots of audio, even some in Latin. I’m still not entirely sure what I’m listening to, but I’ve got an example of something like the Prayers of the Faithful chanted in English with a deep sonorous polyphonic Kyrie Eleison chorus.

This next lesson is also the only one for Lent so thinking about what to pick from the wealth of music for this season.

Gregorian chant lessons for children

Here’s a gregorian chant course for children by another chant enthusiast:

Chant for Children

Booklet and CD ready to download. It’s more geared towards children in our weird contemporary culture, comparing gregorian chant to football chants and rap, but has things on Greek and Hebrew.

The idea is to get their feet wet, so to speak. It isn’t trying to train up a choir.

I haven’t listened to all the tracks yet, but I think this will be helpful with the Providence Latin choir thing. Next lesson: Kyrie Eleison.

Handout for a first lesson on Church Latin

One day I might be organised enough to think of handouts before I give a lesson. On the other hand it seems easier to keep attention without paper flapping about so ideally I would have some printouts for parents to pick up after the lesson if they are interested.

February class notes with

  1. the Sign of the Cross in Latin and English
  2. Parce Domine for Lent
  3. Ave Maria the round and the whole text in Latin and English

The lesson was enjoyable, if chaotic. A learning experience for everyone. Teaching mixed ages of homeschoolers is a special skill. Next installment in March.

Learn Latin

Learning Latin is becoming something of a lifelong saga here. I missed Latin at school and somehow ended up mothering 4 preschoolers miles from the nearest adult classes so online resources seem the most promising way.

Latin Appreciation Workshop
looks great. Lots of familiar things here for one who has been frequenting the Maternal Heart of Mary Church, Lewisham for the past 10 years or so.

And my book of latin hymns is one step closer to printing. On track for launch before the annual Christus Rex pilgrimage at the end of October.

There is a latin course especially for priests hoping to use the extraordinary Roman rite. Simplicissimus from the Latin Mass Society. Good for laymen too. Great for people with some familiarity with ecclesiastical latin – makes the exercises much easier.