As we journey through the holiest week of the year, rife with ancient traditions and rituals, our episode today focuses on one of the Church’s oldest musical traditions: chant. The prominence – or absence – of chant in American parishes has been a much-discussed topic in the decades following Vatican II. Some parishes chant in the vernacular, others in Latin. Some chant a lot, others barely at all. Regardless of your viewpoint or preference, and no matter how much chant is in your repertoire, odds are that – at some point this week – your community will experience chant at one or more of the liturgies of Triduum.
Today we bring you a short audio program from Saint Meinrad’s Seminary and School of Theology in Indiana. Titled, “Drinking God Straight,” this program describes the tradition of chant in the Church’s liturgical life, but also details the ways that chant changed and transitioned after the Second Vatican Council. Hosted by Brothers Joel and Kolbe, you’ll hear from several voices, including Fr. Columba Kelly, OSB, renowned chant scholar and teacher.
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For more information about chant, visit the Chant Interest Section page on the NPM website. Here you'll find frequently asked questions, helpful resources, links, events, and more.
You can listen to the "From the Bell Towers" podcast by visiting the program website at Saint Meinrad's Seminary and School of Theology. The album Gregorian Chants for Lent and Easter, recorded by the chant schola of Saint Meinrad's Archabbey, can be purchased on iTunes.
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