Homeschoolers’ Gregorian Chant Choir Begins at St Joseph’s, Langley

Gregorian-Chant-Course-ImageToday, February 3 at 9 AM, saw the first gathering of a Gregorian Chant Choir for homeschoolers.  We had about 15 young people come out.  Yours truly was the director.  Using elements of the Ward Method of teaching music, we began with how to produce a proper tone, and the beginnings of solfege.  Then we learnt the entrance antiphon “Lord grant that they may have” from the collection By Flowing Waters.  We also learnt the first part of the antiphon Ave verum Corpus.  I was very pleased with how things went.  There as some very nice voices among these young people.  My initial hope is that this choir will be able to sing the Mass at funerals here at St Joseph’s and, on occasion, sing at other Masses.  I think there are few more beautiful sounds than a well-formed young people’s choir, especially singing Gregorian chant.   Once we have progressed a bit, I will include an audio file of how we sound.  Stay tuned.

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Until It Feels Good

To hear a homily on the Widow’s Mite, click on the image below.widow

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Blessedness In This World Versus in the Next

To listen a homily on the Beatitudes, click on the image.sermon.mount

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How Can Christ’s Life Be A Ransom For Many?

For a homily on how Jesus giving up his life is a ransom can save us, click on the image.the-small-crucifixion

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“What Must I Do To Inherit Eternal Life?”

rich young manTo listen to a homily on the Gospel passage, Mark 10.17-30, about the rich young man, click on the image.

Here is the Gospel pericope:  As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’” He said to Jesus, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions. Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.” Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life.” (Mark 10:17-30 NRSV)

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