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If I were to write down everything  I know about liturgical music it would be one of the shortest articles in history.  About all that I can offer is that for the most part I like it!

Recently I  have started to listen to Gregorian chant. There is no way I understand it but it can be a wonderful help to meditation and I often have it on while I write.This type of music dates back to the mid 6th century it would appear and if you click here to check out Wikipedia or here for a shorter version of the History of Gregorian Chant you will find out out how complex a subject this really is and it’s interesting history in the development of the liturgy.

Below is a video (you need to let it get to the 10 second mark before it starts) that is song by monks in France and is a prayer to the Solemnity of Mary. They have added the English words to their chant. At the 1:55 mark on the video the monks pray: “Show thyself to be a mother: through thee may he (Jesus) receive (our) prayers.”

As I prepare for the homily this coming weekend this is a likely theme- the role of Mary as the one who points us to her son and our brother Jesus.

“The video is a Gregorian Prayer Chant on the Solemnity of Mary.
Scriputue tells us in Exodus 12: Honor your father & mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God gives to you. Thus, we can also give honor to the Mother of Jesus.
Scripture tells us in James 5:16: Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. Thus, we can ask Mary, the Mother of Jesus to please pray for us.
The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God is a liturgical feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, celebrated by the Roman Catholic Church on 1 January.”

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