11 August 2007

If you're in the St. Louis area...

...here's a GREAT opportunity. Cindi and I will be there, I believe. Any other takers?


Learn the ancient form of Christian choral music, Gregorian Chant, at the Gregorian Chant Class and Solemn Vespers service to be held Friday, September 14 at Emmaus Lutheran Church, 2241 S. Jefferson Avenue, St. Louis. The class will be led by the Rev. Benjamin T. G. Mayes, editor of The Brotherhood Prayer Book.

The class will focus on the best of western Christian liturgy, prayers, and music—especially the ecclesiastical choral music known commonly as Gregorian Chant—as it has come down to us in the Evangelical Lutheran Church. We will examine ancient forms of Christian prayer and song, rehearse this time-tested manner of worship, and then put our skills into practice as we celebrate the feast of the Holy Cross.

5:30 p.m. Gregorian Chant Class
7:00 p.m. Solemn Vespers (Open to the community)
8:00 p.m. Supper

R.S.V.P. to Rev. Benjamin Mayes (brmayes@gmail.com).

The Solemn Vespers service is free. A fee of $10 covers the class, supper, and all materials, except for optional book purchases. Please bring the Brotherhood Prayer Book if possible (see www.llpb.us). Copies will be available at the class.

This is an educational effort of the Lutheran Liturgical Prayer Brotherhood (www.llpb.us) and Emmaus Lutheran Church ( www.emmaus-stl.org).


Past Elder said...

Wish I could be there. I can still do the ordinaries from memory and some of the propers. From the days when the priest "faced the wall and spoke in a foreign language" as my junior year high school religion teacher (1967) taught us to regard our former worship. I last employed my skills catching some of the last papal installation on CNN -- they still trot it out once in a while at big stuff, and pretty much anyone under fifty just stands there looking blank. The last time I did any in a church context was back at the abbey, when some of us recorded some at night before the director of the schola cantorum had to leave for new "pastoral duties" half a continent away and was replaced by a conciliar committee of a sociology, German, and theology professor, all pretty handy with guitars, photographed in action and published in our yearbook with the caption "We need a new church -- with no pews!"

Dixie said...

"We need a new church -- with no pews!"

Oh...so they were like what...Eastern Rite? ;)

The nuns taught us how to read and sing Gregorian Chant but you know what they say "use it or lose it"...so unfortunately for me it's now lost. However, I think Gregorian chant is beautiful and I love to listen to it.

Dan at Necessary Roughness said...

Very cool!

Need one in the middle of the Ohio District.