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August 18, 2013 – “Gregorian Chant: Mood Music, or Sublime Prayer?”

Thanks to a 1994 CD by the Spanish monks of Santo Domingo de Silos, Gregorian chant hit the top of the charts worldwide, and has continued to be a listening favorite for many people, whether they are Catholic or not. So many listen to Gregorian chant for relaxation, yet Gregorian chant is meant for the liturgy. In this program Susan gives a basic introduction to the various types of Gregorian chant and how the Church has used them over the centuries. Susan focuses on the spirituality of chant, and how it can draw us closer to God.

August 04, 2013 – “Music for Vespers”

Of all the hours in the Divine Office, or Liturgy of the Hours, none has had such a wealth of music composed for it more than vespers. In this show Susan features music for Vespers including a range of music from Gregorian chant, work by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and some excerpts from modern settings of Vespers.

July 28, 2013 – “‘Properly Speaking’: The Spiritual & Musical Riches of the Proper Prayers & Texts of the Mass”

Thr Propers, which are those prayers and texts that are different for each Mass, are little known to most Catholics these days. In their 2007 document, Sing to the Lord, the Bishops of the U.S. wrote: “Proper antiphons from the liturgical books are to be esteemed and used especially because they are the very voice of God speaking to us in the Scriptures.” Susan plays recorded examples of the Propers, both in English and Latin, and both chant and polyphonic, and relates these examples to specific liturgical days and their spiritual significance.

January 26, 2012 – Mary in Hymns of the Liturgical Seasons

In this program, Michele Foley discusses Mary in Hymns of the Liturgical Seasons.

Thanksgiving – Program 031

With Thanksgiving in mind, Lynn Bauman presents various interpretations of the classic hymn, Te Deum (Thee, O God, we praise).

Te Deum has been in regular use in the Roman Catholic Church for centuries in the Office of Readings found in the Liturgy of the Hours, and in thanksgiving to God for a special blessing such as the election of a pope, the consecration of a bishop, the canonization of a saint, a religious profession, the publication of a treaty of peace, a royal coronation, etc. It is sung either after Mass or the Divine Office or as a separate religious ceremony.

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