Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Pueri Cantores

~from Savannah Morning News

About 150 youth from the dioceses of Charleston, S.C., and Savannah joined in song Sunday for a choral festival and Mass sponsored by Pueri Cantores, the student choral organization of the Catholic church.

The singers, ages 7-18, performed works spanning 1,500 years - from Gregorian through the 20th century - at the service held at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

Pueri Cantores organizes regional, national and international liturgies and events for youth choirs. It currently has 110 member choirs in the United States.

Pueri Cantores strives to present great liturgical music in the Mass, increase cultural understanding and develop within its singers a closeness and commitment to the Church.

The Savannah Festival will be followed by six other festivals in various cathedrals and churches throughout the country. For more information, go to Pueri Cantores.

This is something that I really miss from my Anglican days...a first-rate children's choir. All my children were trained in the Royal School of Church Music style and the boys belonged to a children's schola that chanted the introit and gradual every other week. Imagine our intense disappointment upon "discovering" the current state of Catholic music. That is something our kids haven't quite overcome yet. Imagine being able to chant "In paradisum" or "Veni, Creator" at the age of eight and then transferring to another venue where "Be not afraid" is standard Catholic fare. Conversion was not easy for my children and it is very emotional for me to watch them wince at the music during Mass. We try to reassure them, but we suffer together and take consolation in the Eucharist.

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