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32 Views · 2 months ago

⁣Merry Christmas! "Puer Natus In Bethlehem" is a devotional Christmas hymn with text from the 13th century set to a melody from the 14th century. I tired to add the lyrics on the screen but the video kept having rendering issues for some reason, so I had to remove them. Lyric translation below.

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English translation:
A child is born in Bethlehem, Alleluia.
Wherefore Jerusalem rejoices. Alleluia, alleluia.

The Son assumed flesh, alleluia.
Of God the Father Most High, alleluia.

By a message from Gabriel, alleluia.
A virgin has conceived a son, alleluia.

As a bridegroom from the chamber, alleluia.
He passed through His mother's womb, alleluia.

Here He lies in the manger, Alleluia.
Who reigns without limit. Alleluia

And an angel to the shepherds, alleluia.
Reveals that He is the Lord, alleluia.

The kings of Sheba come, Alleluia.
They offer gold, incense, and myrrh. Alleluia

Each entering the house, Alleluia.
They greet the new-born King of kings. Alleluia

He was born of a virgin mother, Alleluia.
He Who Is light from light, Alleluia.

Without the the serpent's wound, Alleluia.
He comes of our blood; Alleluia

He is like us in the flesh, Alleluia.
Yet different, without sin; Alleluia

That us men redeemed, Alleluia.
Like God and Himself should be. Alleluia

In the joy of this birthday, Alleluia.
Let us bless the Lord: Alleluia.

Praise be to the Holy Trinity, Alleluia.
Let us give thanks to God. Alleluia

Gregorian Chant Academy
39 Views · 3 months ago

⁣The Great Responsory "Aspiciens a longe" is the first responsory of Matins for the 1st Sunday of Advent. This melody first appears in the Antiphoner of Hartker, circa AD 990-1000. It can be found in current books such as the Processionale Monasticum or the Liber Hymnarius, both from Solesmes, with some slight melodic variances.

Translation:
I look from afar:
and behold, I see the power of God coming,
and a cloud covering the whole earth.
Go ye out to meet Him and say:
Tell us if Thou art the One Who is to reign over the people of Israel.

V/ 1. And all the nations and the children of men, the rich and the poor together .

Go ye out to meet Him and say:
Tell us if Thou art the One Who is to reign over the people of Israel.

V/ 2. Look, Who rulest Israel,
Who leadest Joseph like a sheep,
Who sittest upon the cherubim.

Tell us if Thou art the One Who is to reign over the people of Israel.

V/ 3. Lift up your gates, O ye princes, and be ye lifted up, and He shall enter in.
Who is to reign over the people of Israel.

(not included in the original manuscript or recording, but part of the liturgical tradition)
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and lo, I see the pow’r of God coming,
and to the Holy Ghost.
and a cloud covering the whole earth.
Go ye out to meet him and say:
Tell us if Thou art the One Who is to reign over the people of Israel.

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Gregorian Chant Academy
21 Views · 3 months ago

Some of my most favorite chants are from the 1st Sunday of Advent. Hear this beautiful communion antiphon "Dominus dabit benignitatem (The Lord giveth goodness)".

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Gregorian Chant Academy
23 Views · 3 months ago

Some of my most favorite chants are from the 1st Sunday of Advent. Hear this beautiful Gradual "Universi qui te expectant (All who wait on Thee shall never be confounded)". I love the incredible range of this chant as well: descending to a low LA in the very beginning, and rising all the way up to a high MI, a range of an octave and a half. The acoustics in this recording are a realistic capturing of an actual location (known as a convolution reverb). This particular reverb is from the Sterling Castle Chapel in Scotland.


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Gregorian Chant Academy
23 Views · 3 months ago

Some of my most favorite chants are from the 1st Sunday of Advent. Hear this beautiful Introit (entrance) antiphon "Ad te levavi (To Thee I lift up my soul)". There also exists a trope from the 12th century about Pope St Gregory the Great, "Sanctissimus namque Gregorius" and is traditionally sung as a prelude to this introit, the very first of the liturgical year. All of the Propers for this Sunday - with the exception of the Communion antiphon - share the same text from Psalm 24 and express the confidence that we should have in God's mercy to help us overcome our enemies: the world, the flesh and the devil. Advent is a time for spiritual preparation for Christmas and is therefore a time of Penance, not partying as the world does during this time. Let us spend more time in silence and prayer during this season so that we may prepare our hearts ("prepare the way of the Lord") and be ready for Him when He comes on Dec 25. May God bless you and have a blessed Advent.

The acoustics in this recording are a realistic capturing of an actual location (known as a convolution reverb). This particular reverb is from the Sterling Castle Chapel in Scotland.

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Gregorian Chant Academy
40 Views · 4 months ago

The Sanctus is the oldest of all of the Ordinary prayers.

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Gregorian Chant Academy
19 Views · 4 months ago

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace to men of good will." ~ Luke 2: 14
According to musicologists Willi Apel and David Hiley, the Liber Pontificalis says that Pope Symmachus, around the year AD 510, extended the use of the Gloria [in excelsis Deo] over the entire year, for Sundays and feast of Martyrs. Before this (as well as for sometime after) it was sung as a hymn of thanksgiving at the end of the night office of Matins. While the first words of this prayer are scriptural and from the hymn which the angels sang to the shepherds on the first Christmas night when our Savior was born (Luke 2:14), the rest of this hymn is non-scriptural and in prose. The late Dom Daniel Saulnier of Solesmes (and my former mentor) adds this in his book "Gregorian Chant: A Guide" and translated by Dr Ed Schaefer: "The Gloria, attested in Greek and Syrian sources of the fourth century, may go back to a Greek origin in the second century. The Latin text first appears in the West in the seventh century and stabilizes by the ninth century. ... In the Roman liturgy the Gloria was admitted at first only for the Mass of the Christmas night, due to the appropriateness of its text. Soon extended to the major feasts of the year (by Pope Symmachus as mentioned above), it remained for a time reserved to the bishop. ...After the intonation, the text is composed of two parts: an expression of praise to the Father and one to the Son. The terminating mention of the Holy Spirit gives to the whole a Trinitarian character that does not seem to be early: it was most likely added after quarrels related tot eh development of the dogma of the Trinity."

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Gregorian Chant Academy
22 Views · 4 months ago

According to the musicologist Willi Apel, the Kyrie Eleison (Greek for "Lord, have mercy) was introduced into the Gallican Rite Mass (now defunct for centuries) at the Council of Vaison in the AD 529, in a statement which implies that it had been introduced sometime before into the Roman Mass. Pope Gregory the Great then added the Christe Eleison sometime during his pontificate, between AD 590 and 604. With each invocation being sung three times (in the EF), this is one of the greatest Trinitarian pleas for mercy.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

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Gregorian Chant Academy
43 Views · 4 months ago

⁣The text of this chant is taken from the book of Ecclesiasticus/Sirach 36:18 and Psalm 121:1, and, in addition to the 24th Sunday of Pentecost (O.F.)/18th Sunday after Pentecost (E.F.), is used for the Votive Mass for Peace. May all countries experiencing war and persecution be granted peace and grace. Up next will be a prayer for the Church and its Synod.
"O God, from whom all holy desires, all right counsels and all just works do proceed; grant to Thy servants that peace which the world cannot give; that our hearts may be disposed to obey Thy commandments, and the fear of enemies being removed, our times, by Thy protection, may be peaceful. Through Our Lord, Jesus Christ, who livest and reignest with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen." ~ Collect from the Votive Mass for Peace.

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Gregorian Chant Academy
48 Views · 7 months ago

⁣Join me as I sit down for an interview with the members of Harpa Dei to discover more about their lives and their music (November, 2021). Ever since I discovered Harpa Dei in early 2021, I have been a huge fan! A few months after this interview, they asked me if I and my schola friends could assist them in their recording of the song of the prayer on the St Benedict medal. We have been very good friends ever since.


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Gregorian Chant Academy
70 Views · 7 months ago

⁣I am very happy to bring you three exciting new announcements:
1) regarding the 2023 International Chant Conference
2) regarding exciting new developments in the Academy and
3) ... you'll have to watch to the end to find out!

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Pints With Aquinas: https://www.youtube.com/@PintsWithAquinas
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Gregorian Chant Academy
163 Views · 7 months ago

⁣His excellency delivers a wonderful lecture on the incredible importance of Gregorian Chant in the renewal of the liturgy at the world's first online International Conference on Gregorian Chant on Oct 2, 2022.

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Gregorian Chant Academy
74 Views · 9 months ago

⁣Written by St Thomas Aquinas in the 13th century, probably in the wake of the declaration of the feast of Corpus Christi, the "Adoro te devote" was not originally intended for any liturgical use but most likely used as a private prayer for Thomas' daily adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, but was later incorporated into the Roman Missal of 1570 after the Council of Trent. St Thomas also composed the Sequence "Lauda Sion", and the hymns "Pange Lingua", "Sacris Solemniis" and "Verbum Supernum".

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Gregorian Chant Academy
87 Views · 9 months ago

"This Introit resounds with incomparable brilliance and melody. Gregorian chant rarely achieves such enthusiasm. The words contain an oracle from the Book of Wisdom (1:7), which is fulfilled today. It is the divine Spirit pouring out upon the world, and as a guarantee of His presence, giving to the holy Apostles the knowledge of the Word from which He is the source." ~ Dom Prosper Gueranger.



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Gregorian Chant Academy
21 Views · 9 months ago

Join me and Neumz director Alberto Diaz-Blanco as we explore the spiritual meaning behind the Pentecost introit chant "Spiritus Domini".

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Gregorian Chant Academy
25 Views · 10 months ago

Join me and my good friend, Alberto Diaz-Blanco (director of Neumz) as he presents his spiritual commentary on the Introit for Easter Sunday, "Resurrexi et adhuc tecum sum" followed by a conversation about Gregorian Chant in general.

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Gregorian Chant Academy
128 Views · 10 months ago

Did Jesus sing anything when He rose from the dead? If He did, what was it and what did it sound like? This may not be what He actually sang, but it is likely not too far from it either. To learn more about this chant, check out my episode with Neumz director, Alberto Diaz Blanco.

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Gregorian Chant Academy
157 Views · 11 months ago

⁣This is the simple tone version of the Regina Caeli, ⁣which is traditionally sung at the end of Compline (and Mass), the night prayer of the Church, from Compline of Holy Saturday until None of the Saturday within octave of Pentecost. It also typically replaces the Angelus which is prayed at morning, noon, and evening. It petitions Mary, as Queen of heaven, with her Son as King, to rejoice and pray for us. Whereas a few days before Easter she was the Lady of Sorrows, now we proclaim to her to rejoice, for Christ is Risen! As Christ chose to come to us through Her, He has also chosen for us to go to Him through her as well. The composer of the chant is anonymous, but the earliest record of the melody (the solemn form) dates back to an Antiphonary of the 12th century, held in St Peter's Basilica in Rome. According to legend, during the great plague of the 6th century, while Pope St Gregory the Great was leading a procession through the streets of Rome, there was heard angels singing the first three lines of this text, to which, St Gregory added the fourth. After this, he saw an angel on top of what is now Castel Sant'Angelo sheathing his sword, signifying the end of the plague. The historical veracity of this story is unknown.

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Gregorian Chant Academy
34 Views · 11 months ago

⁣The Exsultet is the beautiful chant sung by the deacon at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday. After having blessed the fire and lighted the triple candle outside, the clergy and faithful process into the church, all in darkness, where the paschal candle is lit. Then, the Exsultet is sung... by candle light. Granted, there would not be any harmonic drones like in this recording; I have added that simply for esthetics since it is a recording, not the actual liturgy. Traditionally, prior to the liturgical changes of 1955, the mass of Holy Saturday (aka Easter Vigil) was not celebrated at night, but in the morning (just like the Vigil masses of Pentecost, Christmas and Assumption) as it is the mass of Holy Saturday, NOT the first mass of Easter Sunday. It is a mass in anticipation of the Resurrection. Therefore, in order to make the church dark, the windows, like the statues and sacred images, were also veiled. After the Exsultet was finished, the veils on the windows were removed, letting the light pour in and fill the church.

English translation:
"Let the angelic choirs of Heaven now rejoice; let the divine Mysteries rejoice; and let the trumpet of salvation sound forth the victory of so great a King. Let the earth also rejoice, made radiant by such splendor; and, enlightened with the brightness of the eternal King, let it know that the darkness of the whole world is scattered. Let our mother the Church also rejoice, adorned with the brightness of so great a light; and let this temple resound with the loud acclamations of the people. Wherefore I beseech you, most beloved brethren, who are here present in the wondrous brightness of this holy light, to invoke with me the mercy of almighty God. That He who has vouchsafed to admit me among the Levites, without any merits of mine, would pour forth the brightness of His light upon me, and enable me to perfect the praise of this wax candle. Through our Lord Jesus Christ His Son, Who with Him and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth one God for ever and ever. R. Amen."

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Gregorian Chant Academy
39 Views · 11 months ago

⁣During the Triduum (Holy Thurs, Good Friday, Holy Saturday), the offices of Matins and Lauds are combined into what is known as "Tenebrae", meaning "darkness". It takes this name because it is traditionally prayed early in the morning - or the night before - in darkness, by candle light, and also because of the 5th Responsory on Good Friday whose text begins with "Tenebrae factae sunt" (and there was darkness), speaking of death of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, on the holy cross. The melody for this particular Responsory is particularly famous for its beautiful expression: at the words "Jesus cried out in a loud voice" it ends on a FA, then the next phrase "My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?" begins an interval of a 6th higher - an unusual and rare interval in Gregorian Chant - followed almost immediately by a leap up another 4th to the high SOL on the very words of Christ's crying out to the Father. Once this cry has finished, it then descends a tritone - another very unusual and rare interval in Gregorian Chant - to begin the next phrase, "And He bowed His head and gave up the spirit."

English translation:
There was darkness when the Jews crucified Jesus; and about the ninth hour (3pm) Jesus cried out in a loud voice: "My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?" And he bowed His head and gave up the spirit.
V. Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Father, into Thy hands I commend my spirit. And He bowed His head and gave up the spirit.

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