Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The hermeneutic of continuity: Gregorian chant in Glasgow

Fr. Finigan of the Hermeneutic of Continuity and I were discussing a wonderful parish in Glasgow, Scotland which Father has a story up on today: Gregorian chant in Glasgow.

These sorts of places certainly deserve our support and encouragement. It is particularly encouraging to hear that not only are they pursuing Gregorian chant, but also ad orientem. It sounds as though they are in need of new members for their schola:

My good friend Fr Gerard Byrne says a Latin (novus ordo) Mass every Sunday at 4pm in the beautiful late Victorian gothic Church of St Patrick's, Anderston in Glasgow. The Mass is a model of good practice for the ordinary form of the Roman rite - celebrated ad orientem, with the parts of the Mass all properly sung in Latin.

A small schola sings the parts of the Mass. Once a month, they sing the full chants from the Graduale Romanum and on the other Sundays, they use the Graduale Simplex. New members for the schola would be warmly welcomed. This would be a good opportunity if you would like to learn to sing Gregorian chant. The practice each week is on Wednesday evening from 7.30-9.30pm. Contact email is: schola_glasguensis@hotmail.co.uk

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