Friday, January 18, 2013

Closing Mass at Winter Chant Intensive

This is the complete video of the closing Mass at the Winter Chant Intensive at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Macon, GA, from Friday, January 11. It is the OF Mass for Friday, celebrated ad orientem, with the sung propers from the Solemnity of the Epiphany. Conducing the men's schola is composer Richard Rice from Alexandria, VA. Arlene Oost-Zinner of the St. Cecilia Schola in Auburn and Director of Programs for the CMAA is conducting the women's schola. The lesson is being sung by Father Jonathan M. Venner of Sioux Fall, SC; the celebrant is Father Allan J. McDonald of St. Joseph's in Macon. The hymn at the recessional is Alma Redemptoris Mater. The organist is Nelda Chapman of St. Joseph's. It is quite something to think that at the beginning of the week, fewer than half of the participants in the chant courses had had any exposure to the chant at all. Yet within a few days they were able to achieve what you hear here. No miracle was needed..just a willingness to learn, and a lot of hard work. Deo Gratias.