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Ordained in 2011, Father Friel served for five years as Parochial Vicar at St. Anselm Parish in Northeast Philly. He is currently studying toward an STL in sacred liturgy at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
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The Vatican Gradual cheered our hearts by restoring the authentic form of the hymns therein. But there are very few hymns in the Gradual. We looked forward to the continuation of the same work, where it was so much more needed, in the Vesperal, and then in the new Breviary. Alas, the movement, for the present, has stopped. The new Vesperal and then the Breviary contain Urban VIII’s versions. So at present we have the odd situation that in the Gradual the old form of the hymns is restored; but when the same hymn (for instance “Vexilia regis”) comes again in the Vesperal, we must sing the seventeenth-century mangling.
— Adrian Fortescue (25 March 1916)

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Is Chant Just for Old-Heads?
published 10 January 2014 by Fr. David Friel

O WE NEED MORE EVIDENCE that young people are interested in Gregorian chant? So much of the movement towards reform in the world of sacred music has come at the grassroots level, very often involving younger generations than one might first expect. The present and ongoing renewal of chant is decidedly not an arcane niche being propped up by nostalgic octogenarians. It is, rather, a very youthful enterprise.

Here is one small proof. The NY Frassati Fellowship of Catholic Young Adults is hosting a chant workshop this weekend for young adults in the 20’s and 30’s. Led by Br. Vincent Ferrer Baghan, O.P., the event aims to teach attendees about the role of chant in liturgy and the basics of singing chant.

The workshop will be held Saturday, January 11th from 1:30 PM to 4 PM at the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer (869 Lexington Avenue). There is no registration cost, but a $5 donation is requested. Talk about grassroots!

Click here to register online.