“When man comes into contact with God, mere speech is not enough.”
–Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI –Spirit of the Liturgy
St. Basil School of Gregorian Chant
St. Basil’s School of Gregorian Chant was founded in 2008 to provide a venue for learning, singing and praying the oldest and most continuous song of the Liturgy, Gregorian Chant of the Roman Rite (read about Gregorian Chant’s Liturgical Pride of Place in the Church).
St. Basil’s School addresses three important issues of the role of chant in the Sacred Liturgy of our time.
- St. Basil’s School teaches Gregorian Chant in order to make the Liturgy accessible to the congregation for “full, conscious, and active participation”.
- St Basil’s School teaches Gregorian Chant in the legacy of Dom Eugene Cardine. “To Obtain the spiritual effect, and even more, the musical effect of Gregorian Chant, a certain degree of perfection is required:
1. in understanding
2. in execution: to strive for a technique as worthy as possible of both the subject matter and its aim, which is nothing less than the praise of God. Experience proves that there is no choir or congregation, even of modest capacity, that could not be sufficiently trained to appreciate Gregorian Chant, and sing properly the part assigned to the them to reach an interpretation that becomes prayer.” (Beginning studies in Gregorian Chant, p.2)
- St. Basil’s School teaches the history, foundations, journey, musical notation, and rhythm to sing and pray the text of the Sacred Liturgy and Divine office in the Latin patrimony and new English compositions.
A “Custos” for St. Basil’s School of Gregorian Chant
St. Basil’s School adopts the principles of three important documents of the Church, and the scholarship of Dom Eugene Cardine, OSB