Loving the Liturgy of the Hours
Don't you just love this antiphon? I kept reading it over and over.What do you think of "Chanting the Psalms: A Practical Guide with Instructional CD" as a less expensive alternative to the "Mundelein Psalter"? Can I use her book/CD with my current LOH? Thanks Daria for all your insight.
I haven't actually read/listened to this one, but do have the same author's "Singing the Psalms". I'm of two minds about it. The author is an Episcopalian priestess, and makes statements here and there throughout that indicate some really bad theology.(New Age/feminist/etc.) She goes back and forth between the Anglican book of common prayer and the Catholic Liturgy of the Hours for her examples of how to chant. There was very good motivational material that would help a beginner overcome hesitation about chanting. What I like about Mundelein is that it is thoroughly Catholic, of course, and that it is a complete MP/EP/NP breviary. It also contains the official Roman hymns which we don't get (with few exceptions) in our regular breviaries. That being said, you have to have at least some musical ability to use the Mundelein. Their website support is good, but if you've never read any music you still might be lost. If I could only find my Singing the Psalms CD I'd be happy to send it to you, but a quick glance of the few nearest book cases does not reveal it to me, and I can't promise to do a thorough search anytime soon! However, if you are willing to wait a few weeks, and I do come across it, then the offer still holds.
Daria...you are too kind : )Well...a used Mundelein is about $35.00 which may be doable at some point. I think your advice is very good. But I have to confess...I have not a musical bone in my body and may need to *listen* first just to get an idea.I am in no rush...no worries. Just something I would like to eventually learn. I am reading *Bread in the Wilderness* by Thomas Merton (heavenly!) and it is inspiring me to want to chant the psalms : )
Merton is wonderful on the Psalms. There's a little book of his published by LIturgical Press called "Praying the Psalms" which is one the best introduction to the psalter I've ever read.
Oh yes...I saw that one from Merton...that will be a great follow up to Bread in the Wilderness. Thanks for confirming that : )