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The soul is distracted from that which is sung by a chant that is employed for the purpose of giving pleasure. But if the singer chant for the sake of devotion, he pays more attention to what he says, both because he lingers more thereon, and because, as Augustine remarks (Confess. x, 33), “each affection of our spirit, according to its variety, has its own appropriate measure in the voice, and singing, by some hidden correspondence wherewith it is stirred.” The same applies to the hearers, for even if some of them understand not what is sung, yet they understand why it is sung, namely, for God's glory: and this is enough to arouse their devotion.
— St. Thomas Aquinas

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Cardinal Sarah Visits The Monastery of Solesmes
published 23 November 2016 by Corpus Christi Watershed

OBERT CARDINAL SARAH currently serves Pope Francis as Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. His Eminence visited the monastery of Solesmes toward the beginning of November:

The Monastery of Solesmes has shared the following:

    * *  PDF Download • Robert Cardinal Sarah (6 November 2016)

    * *  PDF Download • Robert Cardinal Sarah (13 November 2016)

A few decades ago, the monks of Solesmes moved away from the theories of Dom Mocquereau, experimenting with other theories. Recently, however—under Dom Bruno—the monastery has returned to the “classic Solesmes” approach. Indeed, their most recent major publication, the 2012 Gregorian Missal, preserves 100% of the original ictus markings placed by Dom Mocquereau circa 1908. Many monks praise God at the Abbey of Solesmes, including the son of Leo B. Bozell (a friend of William F. Buckley Jr. and founder of TRIUMPH, a Roman Catholic magazine).


Julia Garcia contributed to this article.