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Pontifical institute to offer master’s in Gregorian chant, organ

June 03, 2013

The Pontifical Liturgical Institute, which is located at the Order of St. Benedict’s Pontifical Athenaeum of Saint Anselm (Sant’Anselmo) in Rome, has launched a two-year master’s degree program that focuses on Gregorian chant and the organ.

“A very important part of liturgy is the music and chants, and now we’ve been able to unite with the Pontifical University of Sacred Music and offer this master’s,” said Father Jordi Piqué, president of the institute.

Professors include the abbot primate of the Order of St. Benedict and Archbishop Piero Marini, president of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses.


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  • Posted by: loumiamo7154 - Jun. 05, 2013 10:57 AM ET USA

    Yo, dover beachguy or gal, I pray ur wrong about an eternity spent praising the Almighty by doing a bad impression of the skips on an old vinyl recording. If not, I'll be wondering just what kind of reward I had reaped.

  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Jun. 03, 2013 8:46 PM ET USA

    Loumiamo, I assume you're referring to the Propers, in which the melismas can get admittedly rather extended. Try taking that extra time to meditate on the text, and to savor and contemplate every word. We shouldn't be in a hurry for a prayer to be over with. After all, it's what we'll be doing for eternity, God willing.

  • Posted by: loumiamo7154 - Jun. 03, 2013 8:54 AM ET USA

    And I pray that Gregorian Chant 101 begins with the revision that NO syllable may be carried for more than 7 counts. 7 is the number for wholeness and completeness, 8 or more begins a journey into tribulation and suffering which seems never to end.