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Friday, September 9, 2016

Andrew Leung on Gregorian Chant in the Liturgy

Mr. Andrew Leung has a brief and instructive piece at Corpus Christi Watershed. 

How does one give pride of place to chant in the Liturgy?
Ten Reflections on “Pride of Place”
by Andrew Leung
I am sure many of us have heard or read that “Gregorian Chant should be given a pride of place (or main place) among different styles of church music”. If not, here is the exact quote from the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, no.116:
The Church acknowledges Gregorian chant as specially suited to the Roman liturgy: therefore, other things being equal, it should be given pride of place in liturgical services.
This phrase is not invented by myself or some “liturgists”, it comes directly from the Second Vatican Council. Are we doing what the Council asked us to do? Some of us are, but most of us probably don’t hear Gregorian chant in Catholic churches these days. How exactly, then, can we give Gregorian chant a pride of place?
Read the rest at:
https://www.ccwatershed.org/blog/2016/sep/8/gregorian-chant-pride-of-place/
Andrew Leung is a seminarian for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Steubenville, Ohio. Before moving to Ohio, he was the Director of Music at St. Pius X Catholic Church (Atlanta) and taught Gregorian chant at the Cistercian Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia.

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