In this beautifully written discussion of chant as collective, contemplative prayer, the author reminds us that the chant’s “discipline of listening, simplicity, and silence can help us all, whether choir or congregation, clear our minds of the noisy thoughts and emotions of the day. According to centuries-old monastic teaching, the mind thus cleared is . . . more sensitive to the inner meanings of scripture and to God’s directions for our lives.” Also includes extensive material for the use of chant within the parish.