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Sacred Music Studies
Year 1 - February

Month at-a-glance:
Hymn: Think of the Son of God

Gregorian chant: Continue work in the Coloring book

Extra Listening for Enjoyment: Polyphonic Lenten Kyrie

Learn More about Sacred Music: What are the three types of liturgical poems?
Read on, and do as little, or as much as you'd like! In our home, we will focus on learning the hymn, which will be our Lenten bedtime lullaby. :-)
Hymn: Think of the Son of God
A Few Facts:
  • Dr. Theodore Marier, who wrote the music, founded the St. Paul's Boys Choir School that just received international attention with "Christmas in Harvard Square". 
View & Print the Music (print p. 276)
Listen on SoundCloud
From the St. Pius X Hymnal. Found online at
Think of the Son of God, how He
Died on the tree our souls to save,
Think of the nails that pierced Him through,
Think of Him, too, in lowly grave.
Think of the spear the soldier bore,
Think how it tore His holy side, 
Think of the bitter gall for drink, 
Think of it, think for us He died.

Think upon Christ Who gave His blood
Poured in a flood our souls to win,
Think of the mingled tide that gushed
Forth at the thrust to wash our sin.

Think of repentance timely made,
Think like a shade our time flits, too
Think upon death with poisoned dart
Piercing the heart and body through.
More Sacred Music to Listen to and Enjoy:

Kyrie for Lent (Vimeo) CCWatershed produced this amazing recording of a polyphonic Kyrie based on Joan Brudieu (†1591). Could your choir sing this? Take a look! ---- Listen here

Chant Propers for the Extraordinary Form (CCWatershed) - if you have 15 minutes to spare one weekend, try listening to the ancient chants for the Sunday propers.

Chant Kyriale (CCWatershed) - did you know there are 18 different Gregorian Mass settings?

Glory Be to Jesus - See the other hymn in the score above? I made my own sheet music and midi for this last year!
For further learning about sacred music:
- Read the sixth Q&A: What is the origin of Gregorian chant? 

- Learn the difference between the three types of liturgical poems: Hymns, Psalms, and Canticles.  
Optional Enrichment and Learning for Homeschoolers
Language Arts and History Ideas
Religious Ideas:
Search the Catechism for related topics; read and discuss.

- Read the story of St. Longinus (in More Once Upon a Time Saints)

- Make a 4-page booklet, with one verse per page. Add illustrations. 

- Add drawn symbols, images, and embellishments to the sheet music for the family hymnal
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I started a Google+ community for these studies. This has great potential for being a place to: 1) discuss the music we are learning each month, and 2) share our learning experiences with others. I think it would be helpful if Q&A, interesting facts found, or other helpful information could be easily seen and discussed by all.  Think of it as an online study and support group. 

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