Updated: Mar 11, 2019
Special efforts are to be made to restore the use of the Gregorian Chant by the people, so that the faithful may again take a more active part..." — Pope St. Pius X
Singing has never been a stranger to the church. Gregorian Chant is often regarded as a relic of the times which have faded into obscurity, a sound which modernity has long since displaced with hymnody and popular religious song. Many are surprised to learn that as recently as 1963, the bishops of the Second Vatican Council made the following statement in its Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy: "The Church acknowledges Gregorian chant as a specially suited to the Roman Liturgy: therefore, other things being equal, it should be given pride in liturgical services. " Sacrosanctum Concilium, 116)
If the Church holds Gregorian chant in such high esteem, why then is the average parish so unfamiliar with it? Where can a parish musician learn more about the repertoire and how to sing it? The Sacred Art Institute at Enders Island provides a unique opportunity to learn more about the discipline of singing Gregorian chant in a parish setting. By providing week-long workshops and instructional evening series, we seek to equip church musicians with both the technical expertise and the theological and spiritual insights necessary to enliven the chant with a true spirit of prayer.
Here on Enders Island we are working to bridge sacred chant, by linking the musician, the singer and layman to practice, a priceless heritage adopted by tradition of Gregorian chant within the church.