Medieval Studies

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Medieval Studies

 

Monastic Liturgy in Chapel

Andrew Fox, a double-major in Medieval Studies and Religion, offered up something unusual for his senior chapel talk. Instead of a speech from the pulpit, he recreated the liturgy for the monastic hour of Terce. The service included hymns, prayers, and chanting of the psalms, all conducted entirely in Latin. Andrew has four semesters of Latin study under his belt, as well as several years in the choir. These skills combined to make the service both historically accurate and inspiring. Andrew even composed a Latin sending prayer for all those students traveling during spring break.

Part of Andrew’s inspiration for the service was a study abroad trip in the spring of 2010, during which he and other students got to live, work, and worship with monks for one week in the Benedictine abbey of Pluscarden, in the north of Scotland. Benedictine monks chant eight different times throughout the day. Terce is a morning service, held at the third hour of sunlight, roughly the time when chapel takes place.