Pater noster for September

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Here is a relatively brief post as I prepare for a week away and tie up any loose ends.

First the part of the Mass scheduled for today is the Lord’s Prayer or the Our Father.

Today is also Our Lady’s Birthday. A great day for singing in honour of the Mother of God. The drama class needs to learn the Salve Regina, so we’ll be running through that today.

Lastly, usually we have three clips – one gregorian chant, one renaissance polyphony and one classical, but the Pater Noster is just chanted. We could look at arrangements of the Salve Regina, but like the Pater Noster, it tends to stay in chant. Here is a Pilgrim Song from the Red Book of Montserrat. Its not explicitly in honour of Our Lady, but who else could be our guiding star on our life’s journey?

And maybe this can be our jubilant song for the end of year concert?

On the day we had Los Set Goyts instead of Stella Splendens. It is similar song also from the Red Book of Montserrat. The Latin class is followed by a Spanish class so I thought it would tie in linguistically, but Los Set Goyts is in Catalan so mostly difficult to decipher except the Latin chorus:

“Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum, Virgo serena”

Which we sang while attempting a circle dance – bad idea if the class is already restless. But overall you get the message – Latin isn’t just for solemn music, also for fun.

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March Providence Class

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Last Thursday was another homeschool get together for collaborative activities down in Homebush, Sydney. For Lent we revised Parce Domine and the round. The new pieces were: Gloria Laus et Honor by St Theodulf, bishop of Orleans; Stabat Mater attributed to Bl Jacapone da Todi (one other webpage gave him the Blessed title, but haven’t found any details of his beatification) and the round Laudemus Virginem from the Llibre Vermell de Montserrat.

March Latin & Church Music class notes

February Latin & Church Music class notes for review.

It is funny how complex a little antiphon can be to teach when you know it so well. Learning new things is a great exercise, not only for your intellectual capacities, but also for humility. Recently I tried Google Reader for the first time and felt that familiar wave of being lost at sea. You need faith that it might appear completely foreign at first but next time it will be a little easier.