2013.03.03. This year marks 20 years since Gregorian chant summer courses have been organized in Lithuania. The Gregorian chant Week tradition that started out in Kretinga, proving to be very popular already in 1993, has traveled throughout Lithuania, with courses being held in Kretinga, Kražiai, Pažaislis, and Marijampolė for 11 years running, with the 2013 event to be held in Marijampolė once again.
The Blessed Archbishop Jurgis Matulaitis was born in the vicinity of this city, and the annual Gregorian chant event shall be but one of many events part of the Year of Faith program. Naming the Week Vultum tuum, Domine, requiram (“Lord, I long to see your face”, Ps. 26,8) shall encourage us to plunge the depths of our faith, seeking out the Lord’s face, contemplating Christ, the Son of God. And Gregorian chanting, the traditional thousand-year-old singing of the Church, shall serve as the expression of this prayer, helping us come closer to Jesus’ complete divinity and perfect humanity.
This year the courses shall again feature teachers and chanting leaders who are excellent Gregorian chant specialists, Alexander Markus Schweitzer and Dr. Inga Behrendt from Germany. The Week’s pastoral father shall be Fr. Vilius Sikorskas.
As in previous years, the Week’s studies shall be crowned by a joint concert featuring the Week’s participants’ choir “Cantores Montis Pacis” (conducted by Alexander Markus Schweitzer and Dr. Inga Behrendt) and the organist Agnė Petruškevičiūtė at the Marijampolė Basilica on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 7 pm., as well as Holy Mass at the Marijampolė Basilica on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at midday. Read more >>