Friday, June 12, 2015

In the Two Hearts: Beauty in Prayerful Repetition

Some of the most beloved chants are present in the Masses of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Whether celebrated in Solemnity or throughout the year, these gems of Gregorian chant afford a beautiful repetition that can foster greater devotional prayer, as well as increased love of Sacred music.

A cursory list of liturgical possibilites in both Ordinary and Extraordinary Form may resemble as follows, with sensitivity to rank:
  • Today's Solemnity of the Sacred Heart - 19 days after Pentecost
  • Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary - Octave of Assumption, August 22 
  • 12 First Fridays 
  • 12 First Saturdays
  • Ferial Fridays or Saturdays
More than a dozen times throughout the year, the Missa Cogitationes and various propers for both liturgical celebrations can provide a stable repertoire for scholas and choirs, particularly for those starting out.  

It has been common practice for workshops, chants camps, and parishes to utilize this repetition. Variety of skill level, color, dance-like idioms and richness of prayer provide a refreshing body of sung chant and polyphony throughout the year.