Why Chant is Good for Children

Posted October 31, 2016 8:27 pm by Kathleen Pluth

Why Chant is Good for Children

From the perspective of a father, Tim O’Malley of Notre Dame writes about the importance of chant in the liturgical life of children.My son, despite his natural religious imagination, gets bored. Very bored. He wants to leave half-way through Mass, because there is no movement. There is no music. Only the naked human voice reading and reading and reading. Last Sunday, we went to the Melkite Liturgy on campus. The entire liturgy, as anyone knows who has attended Eastern liturgies, is sung. Despite our son’s lack of familiarity with the words on the page, he hummed along the entire time

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