Saturday, March 10, 2007

Songs of Angels

Each year during Lent, we try to learn some new prayers, and this year, because our parish prays the Sanctus and the Agnus Dei in Latin during Lent, we chose to chant those daily to reinforce what we're doing at Mass.

We've found that the easiest way to teach new prayers is to simply pray them every night as part of our bedtime prayer routine with the kids.

Last week, I was out on Sunday evening to give an informal talk to a small group at our parish. On the way home, I wondered if Atticus would have the kids in pajamas yet. As I walked in the door, I realized they were already doing bedtime prayers. But, something was different. Without my own inadequate voice drowning them out, I could hear my girls' Latin chanting perfectly. It was a sublime moment: creeping softly into the darkened house, I heard the mesmerizing strains of the Sanctus, quietly sung by a small trio of angels.

We're not professionals here, and no one will ever mistake us for the singing Von Trapps. But, that night, I walked in on the sweetest and loveliest music I have ever heard.


Jennifer said...

So sweet!

Margaret in Minnesota said...

Oh my goodness, what a sweet moment.

We do our Latin at bedtime, too; currently it's the Ave Maria, but I like the idea of singing the chants from the Mass.

Have a great weekend, Karen! Love to the girls & Atticus.

Kristen Laurence said...

The joy in your own heart must be emanating from the speaker holes in my laptop!

So delightful, Karen.

KC said...

How your momma's heart must have been bursting with joy.

Ruth said...

That's wonderful!

Ladybug Mommy Maria said...

Tears of joy at such beauty!

Suzanne Temple said...

Very touching, Karen.