"Gregorian chant serves as a model for the nature, the spirit, and the form of liturgical singing in the Roman Church. Among the ecclesiastically approved ways to set the Latin text to music, it is the most notable one. Its organic unity did not result from a flash of genius, but from slow growth and steady evolution, from centuries of grappling with the problem of the spirit and the form of liturgical singing. It may be unpleasurable to have to face Gregorian chant as a norm, but we should endure it. Imitations will not do. Genius and skill need deeper roots, and a universally accepted voice culture requires the same patience and effort as agriculture - and God's blessing in due time."
-Rev. Urbanus Bomm, O.S.B.
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