Friday, August 29, 2008

Seminarians at the North American College Learn Chant

In a week or so, seminarians at the Pontifical North American College in Rome will enjoy opening a delivery of many boxes from the United States filled with the Parish Book of Chant, a resource for Latin chant with English translations, including an Ordo for the ordinary and extraordinary forms of the Roman Rite, plus a tutorial and pronunciation guide. I've known many priests who studied here, and they can't but be jealous of what awaits the new class of seminarians. Congratulations to the North American!

Of all the parishes, cathedrals, and seminaries that have adopted this book, this one piece of news strikes me as the most hopeful I've heard yet. The men will be prepared for the future.

One amusing comment was offered to me from a pastor who really wants it in his parish. He dared not get it because he somehow knew that there was no way he could prevent people from inadvertently taking it home with them. He figured his stock would last about a month. That's something one doesn't have to worry about with missalletes.

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