Restoring Sacred Chant in the Liturgy

April 12, 2021

w/ Dominican Brs. Stefan and Alexandre

In this episode, I talk with two Dominican friars, Br. Alexandre and Br. Stefan, about Gregorian chant. The friars have a YouTube channel called OPChant, where they post videos for people like you and me to learn sacred chants.

We talk about:

– The importance of good music in worship
– Why Latin is the traditional language of the Church
– Why you can love Gregorian chant without understanding it
– How to bring Gregorian chant into your parish

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  1. Kathy Donohue says

    I’m a music lover but I have epilepsy. A few years ago I had a operation. A tad of my brain was taken out so my memory now is gone. Of before the operation great. Do you have a meaning of words in English. Oh they had a song called ‘Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem ‘ After 9/11 its wrighter made it ‘Pray for the Peace of America ‘ . Joel died and another man made it ‘Pray for Peace of the World ‘. I’m thinking of making it ‘Pray for the Health of the World ‘. I like soft music and opera.

  2. Kathy Donohue says

    Oh you guys dog lovers? My last one was really different. Most dogs would come to me after I had a seizure. He would bark at me if was standing. Seated he’d bring me something to do. How did he know where I kept things? If I was walking him he’d get on either side of my head. In the music world other dogs got excited if I brought down a stringed insterment. He was a four legged metronome. I checked him with one and he was right. So I tried with singing. I did scales and ended with a sharp. He almost stood up. So I did it again and ended with a flat. He almost past out by me. In the art world I had a painting on either side of his cage to be. A Maxfield Parrish and a Dali. He went right to the Dali. The painting was his Last Supper. I don’t care for his LOUD paintings. As he looked it looked like he was kneeling. So I named him Salvador. Salvador doggie. My next dog will be Jacques-Louis doggie. I was a David lover also. He did more then Napolean.

  3. JUDITH ANGELA E. ALPAY says

    Hi! Praise GOD for the gift of music…and glad that it is limitless. Agree that the Gregorian chant is a great way to be “elevated by grace.” My Mom used to play it the whole day on weekends and it brings so much peace. Even some of our neighbors would request if we could please make it louder so they can also enjoy listening in. Someone also asked where we got it so they could also play it through a loud speaker of the nearby chapel. Then I myself would still occasionally search for it online even now since our cassette copies already got busted. People are generally drawn to something beautiful and good and true, as Bp Barron would encourage.

    But then I was born after the Vatican II started to take effect. Would be sad if how our generation understands liturgical music would somewhat prove to be not as legitimate based on something more traditional. For the most part, my exposure is to something based more on pop culture.

    Am somewhat hopeful that you have heard at least some of the compositions from the Philippines, mainly by Jesuit priests Fr Eddie Hontiveros and Fr Manoling Francisco and Fr Arnel Aquino, among others. For all ’tis worth, my take on them is one of appreciation for their depth, relevance, as well as substance. Their songs have even been instruments of healing, including many on their deathbed.

    Then there would also be some more from the Sword of the Spirit as I am part of a trans-parochial (and ecumenical) charismatic covenant community (Ang Ligaya ng Panginoon) though we sing them mostly during times of worship during prayer meetings. Glad to mention the lyrics are based on Scripture.

    Agree, nonetheless, that while we have “opened the windows of the church,” so to speak, still good to rebuild its walls. Please know your message is not lost on me and maybe a lot more, given the opportunity. How I wish I knew better, having served in the choir since my youth. Am open to make an effort to learn if there is a way for you to re-introduce it so we could start with the basics as it could be quite overwhelming if not intimidating.

    Thank you Bro Alexandre and Bro Stefan. Am touched by your disposition of humility and magnanimity.
    How wonderful that the LORD knows how much we are just trying to love Him back through this service.

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  1. Kathy Donohue says

    I’m a music lover but I have epilepsy. A few years ago I had a operation. A tad of my brain was taken out so my memory now is gone. Of before the operation great. Do you have a meaning of words in English. Oh they had a song called ‘Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem ‘ After 9/11 its wrighter made it ‘Pray for the Peace of America ‘ . Joel died and another man made it ‘Pray for Peace of the World ‘. I’m thinking of making it ‘Pray for the Health of the World ‘. I like soft music and opera.

  2. Kathy Donohue says

    Oh you guys dog lovers? My last one was really different. Most dogs would come to me after I had a seizure. He would bark at me if was standing. Seated he’d bring me something to do. How did he know where I kept things? If I was walking him he’d get on either side of my head. In the music world other dogs got excited if I brought down a stringed insterment. He was a four legged metronome. I checked him with one and he was right. So I tried with singing. I did scales and ended with a sharp. He almost stood up. So I did it again and ended with a flat. He almost past out by me. In the art world I had a painting on either side of his cage to be. A Maxfield Parrish and a Dali. He went right to the Dali. The painting was his Last Supper. I don’t care for his LOUD paintings. As he looked it looked like he was kneeling. So I named him Salvador. Salvador doggie. My next dog will be Jacques-Louis doggie. I was a David lover also. He did more then Napolean.

  3. JUDITH ANGELA E. ALPAY says

    Hi! Praise GOD for the gift of music…and glad that it is limitless. Agree that the Gregorian chant is a great way to be “elevated by grace.” My Mom used to play it the whole day on weekends and it brings so much peace. Even some of our neighbors would request if we could please make it louder so they can also enjoy listening in. Someone also asked where we got it so they could also play it through a loud speaker of the nearby chapel. Then I myself would still occasionally search for it online even now since our cassette copies already got busted. People are generally drawn to something beautiful and good and true, as Bp Barron would encourage.

    But then I was born after the Vatican II started to take effect. Would be sad if how our generation understands liturgical music would somewhat prove to be not as legitimate based on something more traditional. For the most part, my exposure is to something based more on pop culture.

    Am somewhat hopeful that you have heard at least some of the compositions from the Philippines, mainly by Jesuit priests Fr Eddie Hontiveros and Fr Manoling Francisco and Fr Arnel Aquino, among others. For all ’tis worth, my take on them is one of appreciation for their depth, relevance, as well as substance. Their songs have even been instruments of healing, including many on their deathbed.

    Then there would also be some more from the Sword of the Spirit as I am part of a trans-parochial (and ecumenical) charismatic covenant community (Ang Ligaya ng Panginoon) though we sing them mostly during times of worship during prayer meetings. Glad to mention the lyrics are based on Scripture.

    Agree, nonetheless, that while we have “opened the windows of the church,” so to speak, still good to rebuild its walls. Please know your message is not lost on me and maybe a lot more, given the opportunity. How I wish I knew better, having served in the choir since my youth. Am open to make an effort to learn if there is a way for you to re-introduce it so we could start with the basics as it could be quite overwhelming if not intimidating.

    Thank you Bro Alexandre and Bro Stefan. Am touched by your disposition of humility and magnanimity.
    How wonderful that the LORD knows how much we are just trying to love Him back through this service.

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