Faith at Work

Pride of Place: Gregorian Chant

Sacrosanctum Conicilium, the Vatican II constitution on the Sacred Liturgy has this to say about Gregorian chant:

“The Church acknowledges Gregorian chant as specially suited to the Roman liturgy: therefore, other things being equal, it should be given pride of place in liturgical services.”

In this article I am setting out 7 of the 1000+ (kidding) reasons for the Gregorian chant. Well, these are just some things I am thinking of at the moment and are not necessarily linked to the theological, historical and musical reasons Sacrosanctum Concilium makes the above statement. Continue reading

Faith at Work

Introducing the Propers

I recently had the golden opportunity of visiting the Holy Land with my family. One of the most profound moments during the trip was when we visited the pit in which Jesus was supposed to have spent the night as a criminal before his trial the next morning. At this holy place, was kept for meditation, the text (as I remember) of Psalm 88. As the speaker began to read this text loudly to our group, I was struck deeply. The resonance between the psalmist’s words and Jesus’ own spiritual and physical condition brought me to an unexplainable state of wonder. I am still in awe as I confront myself with the reality that in his trial, Jesus might have actually used and “borrowed” these words…words once prayed by the psalmist but nevertheless inspired by the Holy Spirit. Continue reading

Personal Relationships

Sacred Music: Purpose and Qualities

Approximately two years back, after a mass in which I was playing with other musicians, one of the faithful mentioned that the music that day made it really tough for him to pray. Not a comment that I had expected, But nevertheless, it made me think. Was our music actually fostering a spirit of prayer? Or did we lose track in our youthful enthusiasm?
Looking back…we I believe we did lose track. Continue reading

Personal Relationships

Sacred Music: Integral or Ornamental

Our family celebrations almost always have some time set aside to singing songs together. Since the new year, this has taken a new class and original compositions are also being premiered!

It is not uncommon to find persons expressing themselves not just generally by use of words, but somewhat more deeply by breaking out into a song. Singing in our case doesn’t have to be planned, it just happens. One can think of numerous situations in life wherein singing forms an integral part of what is celebrated, commemorated or what is happening. Continue reading