When and where? Next dates:
Tuesday May 28th at 7:00PM at Sts. Peter and Paul Church (515 W Opp st in Wilmington, CA – Santo Nino room )
Tuesday June 4th at 7:00PM at Dean and Nancy’s (274 Morning Glory street, in Brea, CA – exit Lambert off the 57 fwy )
NOTE: we then switch to MONDAY Nights (no longer Tuesdays)
Monday June 10th at 7:00PM at Sts. Peter and Paul Church (515 W Opp st in Wilmington, CA – Santa Maria room )
Monday June 17th at 7:00PM (OC location TBA)
Monday June 24th at 7:00PM at Sts. Peter and Paul Church (515 W Opp st in Wilmington, CA – Santa Maria room )
Monday July 8th at 7:00PM at Sts. Peter and Paul Church (515 W Opp st in Wilmington, CA – Santa Maria room )
Monday July 22nd at 7:00PM at Sts. Peter and Paul Church (515 W Opp st in Wilmington, CA – Santa Maria room )
Who? Anyone interested in bridging “Singing the Mass” as envisioned by the Church documents, with the “higher spheres”. Come from either side of the bridge given to us by Chant: Active Participation at Mass , or Music of the spheres. Beginners are most welcome!
What? See details here: Soli Deo Gloria Schola . You can come for one evening, or all evenings. Each practice start with the simplest chants and ends with the slightly-less-easy ones. You can miss one evening and re-join the following week.
The “Soli Deo Gloria” schola (=school) is an education ministry, not a “performing” group.
Our goal is to put into one room singers who have chant experience with those who have none, and to start chanting through the Roman Gradual. Then do it again. And again. Like the “Jesus Prayer”. Learn by doing.
At each rehearsal, we will follow the degrees of participation from the Church documents (identical in 1967 and 1958 Instructions): from fully congregational (responses, simple “ordinary” like Kyrie) to more advanced (Credos, Proper).
There is no pressure to “perform”. These chants have been sung in the Church for many centuries, and they’ll come again in the Liturgical calendar next year. Everyone can hone their voice before offering it to God. All can grow their chanting skills at their own pace.
What about Sundays? The participants may have their pastor invite the schola to sing a Mass at their parish. Or not. Our first priority is long-range education during the weekday rehearsal. Invitations from specific parish to have the schola to sing the Mass are welcome, but not essential.
We understand that chant is very foreign to some parishes’ Sunday liturgies. And as Evangelii Gaudium reminds us, “Reality is superior to the idea”.
We also understand that the music ministry in parishes have their own team and planning. Our goal is to educate all willing Catholics about Gregorian chant, the Roman Gradual, and their place in “Active Participation” since the 1903 Motu Proprio”.
It is not to compete with parish music ministries.
Also, what we practice is valid for both the Extraordinary and the Ordinary Forms of the Roman Rite.
More questions? Email Hervé at email@example.com