Thursday, November 10, 2005

Chant & Polyphony

Tuesday night Joan and I went to hear Chants sung by the Cathedral Schola Cantorum in just the right setting, a hugh cathedral. The cathedral setting has as much history as the chants themselves. The REC has introduced us to chants and I love using them in worship as a response in song to God when He speaks to us through His word. The ones we heard Tuesday night were all polyphony. The only downside is that they were all in latin. We had the english words, but as a tool in worship, you gotta use english if that is all you speak! The chants will continue every Tuesday evening until Dec 20.

History of the church building from Portland Landmarks:
The original cathedral was lost in the Great Fire of 1866 while still under construction. The present cathedral, a massive brick structure anchoring a soaring 200-foot spire, was completed in 1869 and represents an urban adaptation of Gothic style. On the day of consecration in September 1869, a severe storm blew down the main steeple, hurling it across the street and smashing a neighboring rooftop. the present steeple, crowned with a gilt cross, was completed a month later. The magnificent stained glass windows were brought from Munich in 1910 to line the nave, while the rose window over the main entrance dates to 1869

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