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Gregorian chant has a long and rich history. This "preview"
podcast episode, from our upcoming Season Two of Echoes from the
Bell Tower, uncovers some of the chant tradition.
Some of the most beautiful chant music is heard at this time of
year - Advent. In the Christian faith, Advent is the four weeks of
waiting and preparing for the celebration of Christmas. The chant
sung during this season reflects those feelings of longing and
Podcast hosts Br. Joel Blaize, OSB, and Br. Kolbe Wolniakowski,
OSB, ask the chant experts at Saint Meinrad - namely, Fr. Columba
Kelly, Fr. Harry Hagan and Fr. Jeremy King - to talk about the
chant tradition and how chant is used during Advent.
One distinctive aspect of Advent is that the "O Antiphons" are
sung at Vespers during each of the seven days before Christmas Eve.
Each antiphon begins with "O," followed by a title of Christ, such
as "O Wisdom" or "O Root of Jesse."
Br. Kolbe explains that the first letters of those titles (in
Latin), beginning with the last title, form an acrostic, Ero Cras,
which translates to "I will be tomorrow."
Here are some podcast extras to enjoy:
You can find the O Antiphons sung by Saint Meinrad monks at this
playlist on YouTube:
You can listen to more Advent and Christmas music performed by
the Gregorian Chant Schola at Saint Meinrad, at this playlist on
To download the sheet music for the O Antiphons, click the link
below. Then choose the "Other" tab and scroll down to #7.
O Antiphon Sheet
You can listen to the Saint Meinrad chant selections heard on
this podcast, and more, on Spotify, or you can download them from
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