Friday, November 26, 2010

A Talk on the Dominican Liturgy in Washington D.C.

Readers of the New Liturgical Movement in the D.C. area may be interested in the following lecture, part of a series in preparation for Christmas. Brother Innocent Smith, of the Order of Friars Preachers, a specialist in Dominican chant, will be delivering a talk on "Christ in Chant" at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington D.C., (487 Michigan Avenue N.E.), this coming Sunday, November 28th, at 7:30 p.m. It will be accompanied by the singing of several popular carols, and the Dominican versions of the three introits for the Masses of Christmas. The singing of Compline will follow the presentation, which will focus on the depiction of Christ and the feast of Christmas in the chants and songs of the season. Br. Innocent will repeat the lecture on Sunday, December 12, at 10:15 a.m., at the St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Center, 401 Alderman Rd., in Charlottesville, Virginia, and again the following Saturday, December 18th, at 5:15 p.m. at the parish of Sts. Philip and James, 2801 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland. All of these events are open to the public. I have had the pleasure of meeting Br. Innocent and discussing the Dominican liturgy and music with him, and I am sure the talk will be very interesting indeed, as well as an opportunity to hear some variant forms of the traditional Gregorian chants of the Roman Rite.

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