Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Oases of Chant: the Monasteries

During the post-conciliar period there have always been oases of chant, including some of the contemplative monasteries throughout the world. One of them happens to be in the parish I serve, in Alexandria, Virginia. The Poor Clare nuns daily chant a novus ordo Mass, usually with Latin propers, almost always with a chanted Gregorian ordinary. It's a special blessing to have the nuns with us, and not only for the music but because of their life of unceasing prayer.