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A season of reflection, repatriation for our sins, reconciliation, penance, self-denial.
Scripture abounds with plenty of stories and anecdotes of the people’s wrestle with God in their tussle with sin. In the Book of Joel, chapter 2, we are told the story of how locusts swarm the land and cloud the sky dark from their shadow. In almost a plague-like calamity, the people turn to God and beg for mercy. Under such supernatural catastrophe, the call to the supernatural Divine is their apt response. Read More…
Recently, about 200 of the who’s who in the expertise of Liturgical & Sacred Music released a statement to mark the 50th anniversary of Musicam Sacram. They described the current circumstance of music serving the liturgy, the de-sensitizing of the sacred through the promulgation of the secular in the pretext of “progress”, and a “liturgical sloth” that has overcome many in leadership positions that restrain an earnest study and a recovery of the sacred traditions of music for the Mass.
The full letter can be viewed here.
For the list of signatories as well as the translations in other languages, they are available here.
It is an exhibition of the vice of “liturgical sloth” to refuse to sing the liturgy, to use “utility music” rather than sacred music, to refuse to educate oneself or others about the Church’s tradition and wishes, and to put little or no effort and resources into the building up of a sacred music program.
After the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (usually celebrated February 2), the Marian Anthem sung till Easter Vigil is traditionally the Ave Regina Caelorum.
It dates back to Monastic traditions popular from around the 12th century. Herman Contractus (approx. AD 1054) is often suggested as the author although it is not entirely certain. This antiphon is one of the traditional concluding antiphons for Compline.
Hail, Queen of heaven,
hail Lady of the angels.
Hail root and gate from which the Light of the world was born.
Rejoice glorious Virgin, fairest of all.
Fare thee well, most beautiful, and pray for us to Christ.
Download the Ave Regina Caelorum chant sheet here.
Over the course of the year, we’ve had the privilege of singing in the newly restored Church of Sts. Peter & Paul. The efforts to restore the sacred beauty of the church continues to inspire us in restoring the beauty of the traditions for sung Mass.
We are inviting interested friends to join us in singing the Saturday 5:30pm Masses at Sts. Peter & Paul.
If you are open to discovering chant, polyphonic motets, praise anthems, and music history, then come & have a private chat with us on either date: Saturday 14 Jan or Saturday 21 Jan (3:30pm – 4:30pm). There will be a simple voice test to discover your voice & singing experience. More information about the choir can be found at (About Us).
Ability to read music (basic understanding of solfege, pitching the notes in a score, awareness of accidentals & rhythm) & previous experience with SYF choirs will certainly be most helpful, but not a pre-requisite.
The music direction will be closely aligned to Church Documents governing Sacred Music for Catholic Liturgical celebrations. You may expect the genre to be in the likes of:
– Gregorian Chant
– Plain Chant
– Polyphonic motets
– Congregational strophic hymns in both Latin & the vernacular
Reading of chant notation and other aspects of music education will be taught as part of our choral program. Quarterly workshops, scheduled one-to-one/two coaching, choral exchange, participation in recitals are also organized to enrich the journey of choristers.
For those interested, please email us your information so we may schedule a time-slot on the two mentioned dates. Our contact information is found in the links above.
4. Choral experience if any
5. Music education if any
Feel free to forward this information to your friends who may be open to being a part of the Sts. Peter & Paul Saturday 5:30pm choir.
Thanks and have a blessed rest of Christmastide. May the reason for the season bring peace to your homes.
We’ve had 4 weeks of Advent without the Gloria, or the sound of the organ, or polyphony, or motets or celebration, to accentuate the yearning for Christ come Christmas Day!
The choir will be presenting 10-15 minutes of Christmas Choral works before the Masses that we’ll be singing at in the Church of Sts. Peter & Paul. We welcome everyone to join us in the festivities 🙂
And if you’re open to discovering about Church Music History, or the chants, or sacred polyphony & motets, feel free to drop us an email at SPPChoir at Gmail to find out more about us.
We’ll be more than happy to meet with you on January 14 & 21 (Saturdays), Room 7 (Level 2 of the parish building), 3:30pm – 4:30pm for auditions. Registration details will be made known via email.
Be Joyful, Mary, Heavenly Queen