Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Music & Spirituality: Personal and Community

Music and Spirituality:

Personal and Community Experiences

Singing in The Choir this Liturgical Year:

Music is an essential part of my personal spirituality, i.e. my lived experience of Christian life.
The ambient sound of my house is formed by our local classical music station. 
Several times a day the sounds of Gregorian Chant, Eastern Chant, Anglican Chant
and/or contemporary music fill the house like the hours of a Benedictine monastery.  
Internet resources have increasing connected my “house church”
with the larger world either with live services or archived music being experience by others.
On Sunday evenings the choices include Choral Evensong from Saint Thomas in New York
or Vespers earlier recorded from a Benedictine Monastery in Europe.
These monks retain the same Latin Divine Office
that I sang with the monks of Saint John’s Abbey Collegeville in my youth.
My copy of the Antiphonale Monasticum lets me continue that practice. 
Solitary life can be close to “heaven on earth.” 
There are many “solitary” and “Benedictine” options potentially available.
My solitary option includes an ecumenical range of local, national, international happenings.

Music is an essential part of the spirituality, “lived Christian experience,” of a local parish.
Like many other parishes what the people sing in this parish is mostly
from the Breaking Bread missalette provide by Oregon Catholic Press.
The choir provides the contemporary Christian music featured in this series of posts,
most often as preludes and reflection pieces.
They do record the music and make it available to the parish as CDs.
Unfortunately it is not posted to the parish website.
Our music and other Contemporary Christian music is available on YouTube. 
I tried watching them; it’s a completely different experience.

This Series of Posts on Music and Spirituality

1. Will provide you with a spiritual practice with this videos that will maximize the similarity of your experience to first the experience of people in the pews listening to this music, and then to my experience in singing this music.

2. Will discuss this practice in the context of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius.

3. Will relate this practice to the practice of lectio divina

4.  Show how this practice relates to the psychology of music, i.e. why we like songs

5.  Will relate this practice to improving music in our worship services

1 comment:

  1. Jack, music is an essential part of my spirituality, too. Thank you for "The Yearning" link, it is beautiful. I have been involved with church music pretty steadily ever since 4th grade. My tastes for personal spiritual listening are pretty eclectic, I listen to a lot of youtube, and have a large collection of CDs. I also have downloaded a lot of music on my MP-3 player (the kids tell me MP-3s are "so yesterday"; I don't care!) The MP-3 player has come in handy at work lately. They have rearranged a lot of office spaces lately to accommodate a new product line taking up more space. Recently they moved three maintenance guys to the office across the hall from mine. These guys spend a lot of time yakking loudly about politics. Which drives me nuts when I'm trying to concentrate on getting reports out. That's where the MP-3 player comes in; I put the earpieces on and play some religious selections. I can't hear the talkers, and it is calming and allows me to concentrate.