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How Awesome This Place

How Awesome This Place

Morning and Evening Prayer for the Anniversary of the Dedication of a Church
Schola Cantorum of St. Peter's-in-the-Loop Church, Chicago; J. Michael Thompson, Director

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ISBN: 978-0-8146-7923-4, 7923
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Publication Date: 02/01/1998

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While the Liturgy of the Hours is being newly discovered by lay Christians, its wealth as sung prayer is being appreciated by musicians. A response to many requests for a "take-home" version of Vespers, How Awesome This Place offers a complete, sung celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours.

Demonstrating the ways that chant can be effectively used in parochial celebrations in the 1990s, How Awesome This Place provides a model for the parochial celebration of Morning and Evening Prayer, using the Office for the Anniversary of the Dedication of a Church as an example. It shows how every church can observe its dedication anniversary as a solemnity by celebrating Morning and Evening Prayer in English with Gregorian chant.

The motet Surely the Lord Is in this Place   precedes Morning Prayer selections:

  • Introduction
  • Invitatory Antiphon and Psalm 100
  • Office Hymn: Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
  • First Psalm (46)
  • Old Testament Canticle: Song of the Three Young Men
  • Second Psalm (147)
  • Reading
  • Responsory
  • Gospel Canticle: Benedictus
  • Intercessions The Lord's Prayer  
  • Concluding Prayer
  • Conclusion

A motet for lamp lighting precedes selections for Evening Prayer:

  • Lucernarium
  • Introduction
  • Office Hymn: Blessed City, Heavenly Salem
  • First Psalm (122)
  • Second Psalm
  • New Testament Canticle: Revelations Hymn
  • Reading
  • Prolix Responsory: Domus iste
  • Gospel Canticle: Magnificat
  • Intercessions
  • The Lord's Prayer
  • Concluding Prayer
  • Blessing and Dismissal

The Schola Cantorum of St. Peter's in the Loop stands out not only for its superb musicianship but also for the care with which it approaches the liturgy.
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