Gregorian Chant: The Eternal Song
On my mind
At Lauds this morning, I found myself quite distracted. The more I chanted, the more distracted I became. By the time we arrived at the final psalm — the Praise Psalm – I was in no mood to praise anyone or anything, let alone the Lord who I knew was hearing every word going through my head!
Then something happened. We were a few verses into the psalm when I realized I was being swept along with it. The psalm and the chant had simply moved in and taken over my thoughts.. I was not overwhelmed by any large emotion, no “lightning bolt,” but rather a “still, small Voice” which was making itself heard through the chant. That moment left me more able to ask God what was upsetting me, and for me to hear His answer. I am so grateful that He used the chant that way — to let me know what was really on my mind!
Credit:Chants from a choirbook from Florence – Victoria and Albert Museum www.vam.ac.uk1000 × 1500