Gregorian note

October 18, 2007

Once again I am justified for introducing Gregorian Chant and Sacred Hymns in an attempt to have all the parish Masses celebrated with more solemnity as called for in Canon Law.

…since just over a year ago, Gregorian chant has been restored as the primary form of singing for Mass and solemn Vespers in Saint Peter’s basilica.

The rebirth of Gregorian chant at St. Peter’s coincided with the appointment of a new choir director, who was chosen by the basilica chapter in February of 2006.

The new director, Pierre Paul, a Canadian and an Oblate of the Virgin Mary, has made a clean break with the practice established during the pontificate of John Paul II – and reaffirmed by the previous director, Pablo Colino – of bringing to sing at the Masses in St. Peter’s the most disparate choirs, drawn from all over the world, very uneven in quality and often inadequate.

Fr. Paul put the gradual and the antiphonal back into the hands of his singers, and taught them to sing Mass and Vespers in pure Gregorian chant. The faithful are also provided with booklets with the Gregorian notation for Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei, and the translation of the texts in Italian, English, and Spanish. The results are liturgically exemplary celebrations, with increasing participation from a growing number of faithful from many nations… | A New Musical Season Opens at the Vatican – And Here’s the Program | Pope Ratzinger seems to be stepping up the tempo. The curia will have a new office with authority in the field of sacred music. And the choir of the Sistine Chapel is getting a new director | by Sandro Magister


4 Responses to “Gregorian note”

  1. Liam said

    Il monsignori sara cosi felice.

  2. Fr LWG said

    Si, Madre Superiore e coro anche.

  3. Micki said

    I can hear the music in the Mid-West of the USA. Beautiful.

  4. Tom in Vegas said

    Love Gregorian Chant and sacred Renaissance music (Allegri, Palestrina, Victoria, etc.) Have you heard of Estonian composer Arvo Part? He is a contemporary but writes music that truly fills you with a profound sense of mysticism (and by mysticism I don’t mean magic or tarot cards or crystal prisms. I mean mysticism in it’s most traditional sense: mystery of God). Listen to his Kanon Pokajanen which is based on the canon of repentance by St. Andrew of Crete. It’s quite beautiful.


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