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Ronda Chervin received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fordham University and an MA in Religious Studies from Notre Dame Apostolic Institute. A widow, mother, and grandmother, she currently teaches philosophy at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. Write to her at chervinronda@gmail.com.
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When you consider that the greatest hymns ever written—the plainchant hymns—are pushing the age of eight hundred and that the noble chorale hymn tunes of Bach date from the early eighteenth century, then what is the significance of the word “old” applied to “Mother at Thy Feet Is Kneeling”? Most of the old St. Basil hymns date from the Victorian era, particularly the 1870s and 1880s.
— Paul Hume (1956)

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A Poem For The Saint John Cantius Society
published 18 February 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

Dear readers,

Here at Holy Apostles College and Seminary where I teach we have the wonderful John Cantius Society seminarians training a choir for daily Mass. Here is a little “poem” I wrote, as a tribute to them, about listening to their Latin Chant one early morning:

Sheltered in the chamber of our Church
Your voices echoing centuries of faith, hope, and love,
I feel saved and safe.

Thank you, dear brethren.

You might want to read more about the John Cantius Society on their web and about Holy Apostles – a late vocation seminary. We have men of all ages and former occupations and nationalities from Cuban to Vietnamese to Lebanese, and many other backgrounds.

When I was a little girl the United Nations started to such joy and hope. Now I like to say that the Church is the true U.N.

Shalom, Dr. Ronda

[photo] The Brothers of St. John Cantius assisting with Sacred Music Colloquium XIX:

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