03 December 2007

The Chanting Seminarians...

We were pleased to welcome several seminarians from Assumption Seminary, who belong to the schola which has been assembled there. They provided some of the music at our Latin Mass, and also presented a program of sacred music afterwards. We concluded by chanting Compline, and it was a nice experience for everyone.

The seminary schola is still young, and there's lots of work to be done. But it was great to see these men pouring their hearts into learning and singing the traditional music of the Church. With the all-too-long history of what I call the "Pickin' 'n' Grinnin' School of Church Music" having held sway there for so long, this is a real step forward. Next summer they plan to attend a Gregorian Chant Study Tour in the Alps, led by Fr. Robert Skeris, and we were able make a contribution toward the cost of that trip. It should be a great experience for them, and I'm delighted that so many of our seminarians are dedicating themselves to elevating their appreciation of the Sacred Liturgy and its music.