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Meditations and Chants for Lent. Our Meditations and Chants are loosely based on Matins, the traditional Night Office of the Catholic Church. From the time of the Early Church until the twentieth century, this Office was recited by the clergy and religious on behalf of the people, and for most of the history of the Church was considered to be their principal responsibility. In great monasteries and collegiate churches the entire Office was sung, and would occupy two or three hours during the night. Few communities still celebrate the whole Office, and even in the great reformed abbeys of France, Matins is usually recited on one note instead of being sung in full.
It is unlikely, therefore, that you will be able to hear anywhere else the Chants that we have recorded. Matins consisted largely of Psalms, interspersed with Readings from Scripture and early Church writers, the Fathers. After each reading is a Responsory, usually a few verses of Scripture, repeated and modulated to act as a reflection on the theme of the preceding Reading, and of Lent in general. On Sundays, Matins always began with an Invitatory (Psalm 94), followed by a Hymn.
After this came three Nocturns: the first comprised twelve Psalms, after which came three Readings from Scripture with their Responsories. The second Nocturn, of three Psalms, had three Readings from the great writings of the Early Church. The third Nocturn, also of three Psalms, was followed by the Gospel of the day with three Readings from a commentary on that Gospel. Outside Lent the Office concluded with the Te Deum.
On weekdays after the Hymn and Invitatory there was only a single Nocturn, of twelve psalms, with three Readings, commentaries on the Gospel.There were, therefore, nine Readings and Responsories at Sunday Matins, and the total number of Readings during Lent up to the beginning of Passiontide was 120, although some Responsories were used more than once.
|1||02:03||Hymn: Ex more docti|
|2||05:45||The Season of Lent: Spring-Cleaning for the Soul. Part i|
|3||02:19||Responsory: Emendemus in melius, quae ignoranter peccavimus|
|4||06:02||The Season of Lent: Spring-Cleaning for the Soul. Part ii|
|5||02:30||Responsory: Pater, peccavi in cælum, et coram te|
|6||05:50||Prayer: opening our Hearts to God. Part i|
|7||03:38||Responsory: Tribularer, si nescirem misericordias tuas, Dñe|
|8||05:42||Prayer: opening our Hearts to God. Part ii|
|9||02:26||Responsory: Derelinquat impius viam suam|
|10||05:50||Fasting, making space in our life. Part i|
|11||02:09||Responsory: Moyses, famulus Dei, jejunauit quadraginta diebus|
|12||05:50||Fasting, making space in our life. Part ii|
|13||02:16||Responsory: Frange esurienti panem tuum|
|14||05:44||Almsgiving: showing Christ¹s love to the World. Part i|
|15||02:12||Responsory: Abscondite eleemosynam in sinu pauperum|
|16||06:02||Almsgiving: showing Christ¹s love to the World. Part ii|
|17||02:07||Responsory: Angelis suis mandavit de te|
|18||06:15||The Rewards of Lent|
|19||01:23||Antiphon: Ave, Regina Caelorum|