LITURGY and PRAYER

 ​Integral to community life and the spiritual formation of seminarians are the many and varied opportunities for personal and community prayer and worship at TC. Seminarians meet daily for Morning and Evening Prayer and to participate in the celebration of the Eucharist at Mass in the TC chapel throughout the week. Private prayer and adoration is also nurtured through the weekly exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Seminarians are invited to participate in the recitation of the rosary every Monday morning in the main chapel.

Seminarians  meet in small groups for weekly prayer and reflection through the efforts of the Prayer and Worship committee. One group, called  Fulfilled in Your Hearing, focuses on the message of the Gospel and how this message is lived out in community life at the seminary. The other is based on the Jesu Caritas model as rooted in the spirituality of Charles Foucauld. This group takes a closer, more reflective look at how seminarians experience Jesus in their daily lives with an emphasis on prayer and Eucharistic adoration, and on sharing this experience with others.

Through the many liturgies and other formational activities occurring throughout the year, such as the regular celebration of individual feast days, Sulpician meditations, Days of Recollection, and evenings and weekends of silence, seminarians at Theological College are nurtured and supported in the spiritual vitality that can be gained through these activities both personally and as a member of the seminary community and throughout their priesthood. The updating of the Feast of the Presentation Chapel along with the recent addition of a new Daffer church organ have also helped to significantly deepen both personal and community prayer and worship experiences at TC.

TC SCHOLA and MUSIC PROGRAM

The formation program at TC is appropriately enhanced by a rich liturgical music program directed by David Brian Lang, MM. Working in collaboration with the Director of Liturgy, David prepares all music related to all prayer and liturgical activities and celebrations held throughout the year. These activities may include, among others: the Opening Day liturgy and Mass in August; the annual Alumni Days reunion vespers service and Mass in October; candidacy and the installation of ministries ceremonies in the fall and winter, respectively; and the spring diaconate ordination held in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Under Lang’s direction, the Schola Cantorum has grown to include more than 25 members and continues to enhance the prayer and worship life of the seminary community. As an adjunct to the seminarians’ formation, the Music Program provides the needed training so that seminarians can further develop their musical talents and abilities in preparation for ordination and priestly formation, and as choir members, cantors, psalmists, organists, and in other musical roles.

Seasonal performances have also been scheduled routinely over the past several years at TC, such as the Advent Lesson and Carols and the Tenebrae service on Palm Sunday. These showcase the range, musicianship, and abilities of the seminarians and provide liturgical and ritual experience for the entire seminary community.

In addition, seminarians sing at Masses televised for the homebound across the nation,  filmed at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception  in Washington, D.C. Other daily formational activities include: sung vespers during the week and participation at week day Masses for the entire  100-member seminary community. The Schola of Theological College also performs at the annual March for Life liturgy and Mass celebrated at the Verizon Center in January each year with Donald Cardinal Wuerl of Washington.

Please enjoy selections from the Schola repertoire, below.

Let All Mortal Flesh

Arrg. Steven Vrazel, an inspired setting of the French carol PICARDY.

Quam Pulchre Graditur

A Marian hymn taken from the Sulpician Proper for the Solemnity of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and reflecting on the image of Mary as the perfect disciple, offering her life in service to God.

O Jesu

O Jesu vivant en Marie is the famous prayer of Father Jean-Jacques Olier, the founder of the Society of Saint-Sulpice. The melody was composed by the Dominican Sisters at the Monastery of Langeac, France. In the seventeenth century, their prioress, Blessed Agnes de Langeac, was instrumental to the founding of the Seminary of Saint-Suplice through her spiritual friendship with Father Olier. These cloistered sisters pray in a special way for the mission of the Sulpicians every day.