Sunday, October 23, 2011

Kyrie Eleison │ Gregorian Chant For Kids

Due to Pope Benedict XVI's decree to permit the use of the Tridentine Mass in Catholic churches, there has been a resurgence of interests in Gregorian Chant.  The decree, called a motu proprio, or personal initiative of the Pontiff, was made public in 2007.  In the last ten years or so, the pop music world discovered the timeless beauty of the ecclesiastical chant of the Catholic and  Orthodox Churches, and it spawned such musical groups as Enigma, Elbosco, and Gregorian.  What place has Gregorian Chant in the modern world?  Young people, those weaned on Fusion, House, and Techno, tend to say that chant gives them a sense of peace.  That is beautiful, and sums up the utility of Gregorian Chant in the modern world.  The "Kyrie Eleison (Lord Have Mercy)" has always been the most beautiful of the Gregorian Chants, and in this edition of Angel Watchers I am pleased to feature a new setting of it.  We were also delighted to discover that there is an organization that was formed and dedicated exclusively to teaching children how to sing Gregorian Chant, called Gregorian Chant For Kids.  You can find their cool website at this link:  Gregorian Chant For Kids  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

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