Flagstaff, AZ The second Sunday of Lent, focused on the Gospel account of Jesus transfigured on the mountaintop, found SMM's Schola Justitiae with fresh take on "garments white as snow." 20 choristers plus crew of chaperones spent the weekend in an old convent-turned-retreathouse amidst frozen blanket thicker than locals have seen in years. "It's like we entered Narnia!" quipped chorister.
Saturday morning found retreatants kicking off the day with morning prayer and chant theory workshops, followed by teaching on the Missal from Fr. Ian Wintering. After an industrious rehearsal, the afternoon was for sledding and recreation ("Do you wanna build snowman?"), and the evening for adoration at historic Nativity Chapel. The trip culminated in singing for Mass at San Francisco de Asis parish.
"I am grateful for the singing, fellowship, learning, and growth with group ofpeople cherish." –Alina
"I learned lot about my voice and about my role as chorister. love to praise our Lord through sacred music!" –Ana Lucia
"From Fr. Ian's talk, it was beautiful to learn about the narrative elements of chant in the Mass telling story. –Danielle
"Going on retreat helped me to really bond with all the other choristers. now see everyone as good friends and not just my choirfriends." –Evan
"I hope to always keep this experience in my heart." –Aaralyn
This video was shared with us by Fr. Ian Wintering.