Have you ever wanted to begin using chant, but you were not ready for a different chant for every Mass? The Simple Gradual is an option for using general texts to introduce people to using chant at Mass. Let us know if you need any help or advice!
A simple gradual for feast days of Saints outside of Pascaltide (outside of Easter)
Compline is an amazing prayer of the Church. It began as a monastic office to complete the day. The current use splits up the psalms throughout the week. The monastic office traditionally included many of the current ones, but the same every night. On a personal note, Compline has always been one of my favorite since it was the first I ever prayed regularly. When I first talked to the vocation director about seminary, he handed me a Shorter Christian Prayer, and said he’d only give it to me if I promised to pray it every day.
I always argue with musicians when they tell me chant is too difficult for people to learn. They see the notation and their modern music minds recoil. The notation in reality is actually simpler and easier than modern music and the chants are closer to human speech than most other modern music.
In this video, Johnny, who is 6, sings the Regina Coeli after going to chant camp at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park.