Fostering a Spirit of Prayer

“Come, let us sing to the Lord and shout with joy to the Rock who saves us. Let us approach Him with praise and thanksgiving and sing joyful songs to the Lord!” (Psalm 95:1-2)

The St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum, our “School of Singers” also known as Schola for short, is off to a great start this year as we praise God through music at our weekly all-school masses.

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A Schola is a type of choir that specializes in singing sacred music. Last year, members learned how to sing in harmony, hold a proper singer’s stance, train their ears by working with solfege, and read Gregorian Chant notation (as seen in this traditional Eucharistic chant below).

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This year, with a current roster of about 20 students, Schola is excited to continue the study of Gregorian chant by leading Mass parts and learning a proper Communion antiphon each week. The words of these antiphons are direct quotations from the Scriptures, and so each time we chant, we are truly praying through the text. We encounter Christ when we sing the words He has given us, and we hope similarly to foster this spirit of prayer at Mass for those in our congregation. 

Below is a recording by our Schola of the “Hymn of the Jubilee of Mercy,” written by Paul Inwood and Eugenio Costa, S.J. in honor of the Jubilee Year of Mercy in 2015. The refrain, misericordes sicut Pater, calls upon Christians to “be merciful, just as the Father [is merciful]” (cf. Luke 6:36). 

Sister Regina Ann Tonn, O.P.

House of St. Gianna

Schola Director

Misericordes sicut Pater! Misericordes sicut Pater!

1. Give thanks to the Father, for He is good in aeternum misericordia eius

He created the world with wisdom in aeternum misericordia eius

He leads His people throughout history in aeternum misericordia eius

He pardons and welcomes His children in aeternum misericordia eius

2. Give thanks to the Son, Light of the Nations in aeternum misericordia eius

He loved us with a heart of flesh in aeternum misericordia eius

As we receive from Him, let us also give to Him in aeternum misericordia eius

Hearts open to those who hunger and thirst in aeternum misericordia eius

3. Let us ask the Spirit for the seven holy gifts in aeternum misericordia eius

Fount of all goodness and the sweetest relief in aeternum misericordia eius

Comforted by Him, let us offer comfort in aeternum misericordia eius

Love hopes and bears all things in aeternum misericordia eius

4. Let us ask for peace from the God of all peace in aeternum misericordia eius

The earth waits for the Good News of the Kingdom in aeternum misericordia eius

Joy and pardon in the hearts of the little ones in aeternum misericordia eius

The heavens and the earth will be renewed in aeternum misericordia eius

© 2015 Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization (PCPNE).

Lyrics found on http://www.iubilaeummisericordiae.va/content/gdm/en/giubileo/inno.html